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Dana White Open To Bringing Tito Ortiz Back To UFC

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UFC president Dana White and Tito Ortiz have had a very public very intense battle of words in which they have both personally attacked one another. At one point Ortiz stated that he would never fight for the UFC again; however, that statement was made before Ortiz spoke with other organizations about fighting outside of the UFC. He has yet to sign with any of them and now appears to be negotiating with the UFC again.

"As part of his contract, he goes out and ... I don't know, something to do with his contract, but he's still got his foot in the door with his contract," White told USA Today. "As part of our business practice in this crazy world these days, we — let me think how I can word this to you. I always say, we make this thing look a lot easier than it really is, and we're definitely not going to make it easy for anybody else. We're going to make things tough for other people."

White went on to confirm that the UFC has negotiating rights with Ortiz which would make it difficult for other organizations to sign him.

"Yup, and I'm going take them."

Despite what's been said, White feels that the two can work together professionally, even if they don't see eye to eye personally.

"Listen, me and Tito didn't say anything worse than what we said before he came back and became a coach on The Ultimate Fighter. Tito and I do not like each other. We do not. It's 100% real, we don't like each other at all, but it doesn't mean we haven't done business together before."

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Post #1   8/28/08 4:01:47PM   

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lmao if this happens why would tito do it he has to no that theres no way hell ever ever ever get a shot at the title who can he beat unless he drops to mW

Post #2   8/28/08 4:04:56PM   

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i thought tito already signed with afflication

Post #3   8/28/08 4:11:27PM   

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who cares about tito anymore?....i could care less were he fights, i dont want to watch him unless i have too on and undercard......but hes a burnt match, no more spark to him

Post #4   8/28/08 4:25:38PM   

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this is really funny to me. all the talk from dana and tito saying that tito will never be in the ufc again, and then reading this. i guess the grass isn't greener on the other side mr. ortiz. i hope he stays in the ufc, i still love watching him.

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It seems like he's been trying to get signed with Affiction, but Dana continues to find the fine print. I'm assuming there's some non-competition clause written in ome random corner of the contract. It's like some of the UFC's contracts go on indefinetely, and someone needs to hire a lawyer to go over these things.

It's a bunch of crap. Fighters might start becoming very wary of signing contracts with the UFC because if you decide to leave they seem to somehow get stipulations that ut your career on hold for enormous amounts of time.

I don't think they're even trying to resign Ortiz, they're just keeping him from earning a living anywhere else. Business is business, but this is a dirty tactic. Stop being a weasle and let the guy get on with his career.

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Posted by prozacnation1978

i thought tito already signed with afflication



UFC has the option to counter any offer that comes his way.

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I don't see him at MW maybe HW. I don't think Tito cares about Titles so much as Money.

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Posted by Wolfenstein

It seems like he's been trying to get signed with Affiction, but Dana continues to find the fine print. I'm assuming there's some non-competition clause written in ome random corner of the contract. It's like some of the UFC's contracts go on indefinetely, and someone needs to hire a lawyer to go over these things.

It's a bunch of crap. Fighters might start becoming very wary of signing contracts with the UFC because if you decide to leave they seem to somehow get stipulations that ut your career on hold for enormous amounts of time.

I don't think they're even trying to resign Ortiz, they're just keeping him from earning a living anywhere else. Business is business, but this is a dirty tactic. Stop being a weasle and let the guy get on with his career.



Did you read the interview or just spewing UFC hate. All Dana is saying is they have the right to counter any offer given to Tito. This isn't a bad thing for Tito in fact its a good thing because it drives his worth up. They aren't trying to keep Tito from fighting they are just making sure that if the price is right they can keep him in their company. Tito is a big draw even if he isn't the same fighter he once was and the UFC knows this so he still is worth a lot to the UFC. If they can keep another org from using a fighter they built up by paying him more than the other company is willing to then so be it.



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I don't see him at MW maybe HW. I don't think Tito cares about Titles so much as Money.



Well I think Tito has a big enough ego that not having a tittle is eating at him. But I also think your right I think he cares more about money than anything.

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I hate Tito's mouth and his ego.....other than that I love to watch him fight. He has actually had some modest and respectable moments in the UFC. And if he fought with the desperation that he had in the last round with Machida.....he could definately make waves again. I mean holy shit that triangle/armbar came out of nowhere, I literally went ape shit hoping he could finish the fight. Face it, love him or hate him, he is good for the UFC and is usually an exciting fighter to watch.

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why not bring tito back. there are some good fights for him still in the ufc- wand, shogun, t.silva, soku, jardine, vera, bonnar, evans maybe even franklin or hendo.

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Tito is all about making money in his last few years of competition imo.

He will do that a lot easier outside of the UFC.

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Hey, Tito!

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