Tito Ortiz banned from the UFC Fan Expo: The UFC ‘doesn’t cherish me at all’

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SmileR
7/11/09 12:16:10PM
“The biggest problem is the UFC in general. They’re all about branding their name. We’re the guys who get inside the cage. Strikeforce is working toward making superstars, not worried about their brand. It really comes down to a respect value. They don’t respect me. They don’t cherish me at all. UFC wouldn’t let me go to the Fan Expo. I feel very sorry for all my fans. I’m here for the fans, I’m going to support them no matter what.”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz talks about his exclusion from the UFC Fan Expo in Las Veag during the hoopla for the big UFC 100 weekend. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” — whether you love him or hate him — is a 21-fight veteran of the Octagon and has been a key player in some of the biggest feuds in mixed martial arts history including his two bouts with Chuck Liddell and his much ballyhooed trilogy against Ken Shamrock. Is UFC President Dana White doing a disservice to the fans by suppressing the significance of Ortiz out of personal dislike? Or does Tito share just as much of the blame?

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cowcatcher
7/11/09 12:19:28PM
like sands through the hourglass.....
Twenty20Dollars
7/11/09 12:55:17PM
where are these ortiz fans, he keeps talking about?
tepid55
7/11/09 12:59:44PM
I've always been a fan of Tito Ortiz.
Playground_Samurai
7/11/09 1:11:06PM
Tito only cares about the money.

If he cared about his fans so much, he wouldn't be holding out on contract offers and have such a rediculous asking price that nobody will sign him. He'd be inside the cage or ring putting on a show for his fans.
grappler0000
7/11/09 1:14:12PM

Posted by gspfan

Tito only cares about the money.

If he cared about his fans so much, he wouldn't be holding out on contract offers and have such a rediculous asking price that nobody will sign him. He'd be inside the cage or ring putting on a show for his fans.



Didn't you hear...he is holding out for a record breaking contract, because it will help other fighters get the pay that they deserve.
gabe531
7/11/09 1:26:19PM
UFC may not respect Tito but its a 2 way street and Tito doesnt respect the UFC either so who cares. he wants to run his chops about the UFC then wants them to help him out??
cheesy-maggot
7/11/09 1:33:22PM
Idk why so many people say they hate Tito, when they really dont. Were they not chanting "TITO TITO TITO" when he fought Lyoto? I think most people just don't like to admit they like him.
grappler0000
7/11/09 1:41:54PM

Posted by cheesy-maggot

Idk why so many people say they hate Tito, when they really dont. Were they not chanting "TITO TITO TITO" when he fought Lyoto? I think most people just don't like to admit they like him.



Well, I was actually chanting LYOTO LYOTO LYOTO and I loved every minute of that fight...especially since Tito's response to that fight was "Lyoto who?". I wouldn't say that I hate Tito, but I do really enjoy it every time he gets punched in the face and I'm able to witness it.
gnl68
7/11/09 2:10:20PM
The problem is this.$$$$$$$$$$$$.It's all about the benjiman's.Tito knows that he will NEVER make the money he made with the UFC.Tito stuck by his guns and for that i respect him as a man.He would not let them own his likeness or name.For that stance he just had to know,his days were numbered.As for Tito(the fighter),his best days are past.He might be able to hang in there with some of the talented newcomers,but with the elite fighters at 205,he is going to be just a journeyman.Its time for him to sign up some legitimate prospects to Team Punishment,and coach them with the skills and knowledge needed to make it to be a world champion 1 day!!!
shevtheman
7/11/09 2:13:43PM
Although i agree with what hes saying in principle, I think its hard to talk RESPECT with a guy who mocks burying his opponents body after hes beat them..! He needs to stop lying about companies hes signed with and sign with someone if he wants to. If he doesnt, he needs to shut the hell up because 85% of the stuff that come out of his mouth is BS and the other 15% is true (UFC not respecting fighters or paying them what the deserve etc) but is not for the good of the sport but for the good of HIM.
Twenty20Dollars
7/11/09 2:19:10PM
Is there anyway we can ban ortiz from talking too?
xburbx
7/11/09 2:22:45PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Is there anyway we can ban ortiz from talking too?

grappler0000
7/11/09 2:30:47PM

Posted by xburbx


Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Is there anyway we can ban ortiz from talking too?



shevtheman
7/11/09 2:45:27PM
I always thought "human ****-fighting" was pretty apt when Ortiz was in the cage..
scobac
7/11/09 2:53:33PM
of course ufc promotes their "brand", thats what draws people to the sport and inturn generates the money that the fighters want and get. Whats tito saying F the buisness side of it that generates the $$ and popularity? This guy makes me sick
SpiderSilva
7/11/09 3:23:28PM
Well looks like Tito isn't gonna be in the UFC HOF. I will say this I was a Tito fan but the guy seems like a *no fighter bashing* (nice guy)
lohmann
7/11/09 4:53:46PM
I respect Ortiz, so my first reaction was that the UFC made a mistake by not allowing one of their biggest Octagon legends appear during the anniversary weekend, but on second thought, Ortiz would probably use the media blitz at the Fan Expo as a platform to air some dirty laundry. Business totally dictates this decision.

Sorry, Tito.
Rush
7/11/09 5:54:21PM
I wish articles like this would not be written in the first place so I could forget about Tito Ortiz.
D0wnUnd6e6r
7/12/09 1:35:51PM


Seriously Tito... are you even a little bit surprised ?!?!?!?!
imanidiot777
7/12/09 2:39:12PM
Tito Ortiz is really annoying, all he cares about is Tito, as if trying to get the biggest contract ever is helping other fighter's get bigger contracts.....
prozacnation1978
7/12/09 5:30:17PM
i was there a ******* mad house!!
anyways tito was not missed i met the gracies got auto graphs from royce and renzo!! i did alot of butt kissing to those guys!!
Sam_Rothstein
7/12/09 6:40:49PM

Posted by grappler0000


Posted by cheesy-maggot

Idk why so many people say they hate Tito, when they really dont. Were they not chanting "TITO TITO TITO" when he fought Lyoto? I think most people just don't like to admit they like him.



Well, I was actually chanting LYOTO LYOTO LYOTO and I loved every minute of that fight...especially since Tito's response to that fight was "Lyoto who?". I wouldn't say that I hate Tito, but I do really enjoy it every time he gets punched in the face and I'm able to witness it.



I knew Machida was gonna win but you'd be lying if you said you didn't get a little excited when Tito caught him in that sub for a bit. I don't even like Tito and I was screaming at my tv
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