Tito Ortiz: Life After the UFC

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POLL: Who do you think Tito will sign with?
Elite XC 42% (24)
Affliction 33% (19)
Dream 2% (1)
Wild Bill's Fight Night 7% (4)
UFC again 12% (7)
Other 4% (2)
grappler0000
5/13/08 2:26:56PM
***********: Tito, you do a million interviews - and with good reason, you're one of the most popular fighters of all time. So I have to ask...are you sick of giving interviews?

Tito Ortiz: No, you know, it's just part of the job. It's something that comes with the work and it's also something that I do very well. I'm not tired of them - I actually enjoy them. I always give good interviews and I have good answers for the fans.

***********: Have your fans stayed loyal with your impending UFC retirement or have you seen some drop off the bandwagon?

Tito Ortiz: Actually, I've seen my fan base increase. They've seen the true colors of Dana and they've seen that I'm not the only one saying something. Many fighters - Randy [Couture], Tim [Sylvia] - are talking about what Dana has been doing. Fans want to support me no matter where I go.

***********: And on that note, can you tell us what's next for you?

Tito Ortiz: Well, nothing official yet. As soon as this fight is over, I have a 30-day waiting period before I can negotiate.

***********: Which organizations are you interested in?

Tito Ortiz: Definitely EliteXC. Affliction seems to be building up well. And they just started with DREAM in Japan. Any organization that will respect me and promote me as the champion that I am.

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snakeplissken
5/13/08 2:35:02PM
"Any organization that will respect me and promote me as the champion that I am. "

Don't you have to actually beat the champion to do that though. Last time I looked Tito din't come close to the Iceman. And Rampage would run straight through him.

Go away Tito, your as bad as the others you have mentioned. He's like a little kid, doesn't get his way so he throws his toys out of the cot...
Pookie
5/13/08 3:05:46PM
bad link
TWITA
5/13/08 3:14:27PM
I really used to like Tito but he seems to have gone the way of Mike Tyson - was a beast for a long period of time but then skills diminished later in his career (not too soon after Cus passed away). I think Tito will always be able to beat on the chumps but will never return to the upper tier of the 205's.

WAR - injecting more collagen nto JJ's lips
grappler0000
5/13/08 3:22:25PM

Posted by Pookie

bad link



the website keeps getting filtered for some reason

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Princeofpunk
5/13/08 3:32:02PM

Posted by snakeplissken

"Any organization that will respect me and promote me as the champion that I am. "

Don't you have to actually beat the champion to do that though. Last time I looked Tito din't come close to the Iceman. And Rampage would run straight through him.

Go away Tito, your as bad as the others you have mentioned. He's like a little kid, doesn't get his way so he throws his toys out of the cot...





Tito and rampage trained together for so long, Rampage came to tito, I think Tito can beat Rampage
Mchubb316
5/13/08 4:04:28PM
I think that EliteXC will make a push to get Tito. He is popular among most MMA fans, and with their network tv deal he could really boost their popularity.
Pookie
5/13/08 4:08:28PM

Posted by Princeofpunk

Tito and rampage trained together for so long, Rampage came to tito, I think Tito can beat Rampage



How?
iwannabesedated
5/13/08 4:15:47PM

Posted by Pookie


Posted by Princeofpunk

Tito and rampage trained together for so long, Rampage came to tito, I think Tito can beat Rampage



How?



Wasnt Chuck and Tito boys to...and look what happened there....Twice.
KingCreep
5/13/08 5:09:22PM
go away with your terrible fighting style and plastic wife, you will NOT be missed tito.
wrona666
5/13/08 5:18:21PM
Well just one more annoying interview with a has been that no one cares what happens to....I hope he signs with another org. and just get slaughtered...
whardin19
5/13/08 5:35:13PM
Theres only three places I can realistically see him going. I'll list them in order of who I think will get him:

1. Affliction
2. UFC
3. Elite XC

The reason I think he might land with Affliction is because there signing up every big name they can right now. Tito Ortiz's name will give them a crowd of followers when he fights. The reason I put UFC 2nd is because if he beat Lyoto Machida (which I don't think he will) the absoultely have to resign him. Because that puts him right back in the title chase. Then Elite XC I really don't see them paying him the money he wants. But hey I've been suprised before.
juanez13
5/13/08 5:38:20PM

Posted by Pookie


Posted by Princeofpunk

Tito and rampage trained together for so long, Rampage came to tito, I think Tito can beat Rampage



How?



...Fail to see any way that tito could possibly beat Rampage.

anyways i think elite will make a big push to get him,since he would probably draw big in a CBS shows, and that would solidify their place in network TV. Affliction could be another contender if they are still around by the time tito is out.
puppetmaster837
5/13/08 7:31:03PM

Posted by whardin19

Theres only three places I can realistically see him going. I'll list them in order of who I think will get him:

1. Affliction
2. UFC
3. Elite XC

The reason I think he might land with Affliction is because there signing up every big name they can right now. Tito Ortiz's name will give them a crowd of followers when he fights. The reason I put UFC 2nd is because if he beat Lyoto Machida (which I don't think he will) the absoultely have to resign him. Because that puts him right back in the title chase. Then Elite XC I really don't see them paying him the money he wants. But hey I've been suprised before.

Look at how much EliteXC is paying guys like Kimbo. They are not an organization that is gonna stiff its valuable stars
juanez13
5/13/08 7:36:51PM

Posted by puppetmaster837


Posted by whardin19

Theres only three places I can realistically see him going. I'll list them in order of who I think will get him:

1. Affliction
2. UFC
3. Elite XC

The reason I think he might land with Affliction is because there signing up every big name they can right now. Tito Ortiz's name will give them a crowd of followers when he fights. The reason I put UFC 2nd is because if he beat Lyoto Machida (which I don't think he will) the absoultely have to resign him. Because that puts him right back in the title chase. Then Elite XC I really don't see them paying him the money he wants. But hey I've been suprised before.

Look at how much EliteXC is paying guys like Kimbo. They are not an organization that is gonna stiff its valuable stars



they are paying Kimbo about 170k a fight, and Affliction is paying guys like Sylvia 800k and Fedor 1.5 Million, Tito in terms of popularity beats these two by a wide margin, If affliction is willing to pay that much to them, im sure they'll make a juicy offer to tito. However, by them spending that much money on those guys (fedor, sylvia, barnett) they will loose tons of money, since none of them have drawing power in the US. what im trying to say is that i dont think Affliction will be around for long so by the end of the day tito will end up in elite XC, but i think it will be affliction who get Tito first.
prozacnation1978
5/13/08 11:54:59PM
first one to kiss his butt,
i see him going to elite xc
sad to see him leave, i like watching him fight, he still is a name and all,
i think in a different organization he will be a champ by the end of the year
DevonFoxy
5/14/08 12:02:32AM
Well I understand Tito's thinking though. I mean think of it this way. The UFC has arguably pretty much every LHW in the world that is in the top ten and if they loose Tito they will arguably have 9 so that leaves Tito the ability to be champ in another org. and the other org. will pay him huge amounts just to get him to be on their card.

And if Tito successfully wins a belt and is asked about the UFC champs he can say "ohh they screwed me so bad I am now more focused then I have ever been and I'm the best LHW in the world!!!" He would then be able to make the claim " I would fight the top LHW's in the world but It's not gonna be under the UFC banner" knowing the UFC would never put their fighters on T.V for other brands.

Pretty smart by Tito if I do say so myself but its pretty crappy that hes pretty much running away.
holt8081
5/14/08 12:46:15AM
tito should go to ElitXc thats a good place for a washed up fighter. Or he would make a good BOBBLEHEAD statue.
bustin_mma
5/14/08 3:28:32PM

Tito and rampage trained together for so long, Rampage came to tito, I think Tito can beat Rampage



yeah and now look where they are at Tito is a gatekeeper and Rampage is the champ
The-Don
5/19/08 12:43:22PM
When Tito goes elsewhere and more likely becomes the champ where he goes people will say he is not a true champ cause all the best guys are in the UFc.. similiar to why people Say Fedor is not #1... GRanted I despise Tito though I do respect his ring skill....and I can see him easily getting the title in most groups... But You all forgot one group.. and if the UFC is smart they would let him go there... WEC... I'd love to see Tito get his bell rung by Brian Stann... that would be a good fight.. though if Tito gets it to the ground he can win... but I'd actually pick Stann to beat him 1st round KO... But I think the WEC would be the best move for Tito... out from under direct control of White... and still a respected level of competition
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