Tito Ortiz

Dana White Conference Call Video

The following is a video of Dana White’s press conference from yesterday where it was announced that the UFC had re-signed Tito Ortiz, secured a deal with ESPN for the U.K. and brought back Vitor Belfort.

UFC Re-Signs Tito Ortiz


Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that they’ve re-signed former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz. Terms were not disclosed.

Ortiz and White recently buried the hatchet via Twitter and following the reconciliation, many fans expected to hear news of Ortiz’s return to the UFC octagon. Ortiz underwent back surgery in October 2008 and is expecting to return in November or December, possibly against UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman.

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Dana White and Tito Ortiz Make Amends, UFC Return Possible


Tito Ortiz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC president Dana White and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz have buried the hatchet and plan to move forward in a professional manner.

The news comes from Twitter where White said, “Yes, Tito and I made up.” White continued, “Doesn’t mean he’s back, we just aren’t smashing each other anymore and we don’t hate each other.”

Ortiz also commented via Twitter, “Yeah, me and Dana White made up. I’m expecting to be inside the octagon again soon.”

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Ortiz, “Babalu” Come Face-to-Face


Tito Ortiz. Photo courtesy of TitoOrtiz.com.

The unspoken dislike between former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and Renato “Babalu” Sobral may have been turned up a notch on Saturday night after the two exchanged words in the crowd during Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Diaz” event in San Jose.

During an intermission before the televised portion of the card was to air on Showtime, Sobral approached Ortiz and the two began exchanging words, possibly concerning a proposed fight between the two that was once expected to take place under the Affliction banner last year but never came to fruition.

Once “Babalu” became visibly heated and didn’t seem to be content to leave Ortiz alone, fellow veteran fighter Joe Riggs came over and separated the two. Sherdog.com has a brief clip of the incident.

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Quick Hits: Jameson Gives Birth to Twins, Kim Couture Returns in May & More


Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com

Former porn star Jenna Jameson, the current girlfriend of former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, gave birth to a pair of twin boys early Monday morning in a California hospital. It is the first set of children for both. All are reportedly in “good health”. [US Magazine]

Kim Couture, the wife of UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture, will reportedly be returning to action at Strikeforce’s May 16 event in Washington. An opponent has not yet been determined for her. The female Couture last competed at Strikeforce’s “Destruction” event in November of last year, where she defeated Lina Kvokov via first-round TKO stoppage. [MMA Fanhouse]

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that it will hold the first-ever “UFC Fan Expo” during the weekend of UFC 100, which takes place July 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the features will be meet and greets with legendary UFC and WEC fighters, MMA demonstrations, fan-inspired special events, and training and development sessions, as well as exhibits sporting apparel, electronic gaming, food & beverages, fight gear and much more. [UFCFanExpo.com]

Affliction Press Conference to feature Tito Ortiz

Affliction Entertainment will be holding a press conference in LA this Wednesday and have sent out a release promoting the fact that former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz will be in attendance.

In recent days, Tito has been telling various media outlets that he is very close to completing a contract with Affliction.  Tito was in a similar position a few months ago when he was quoted as saying a deal with EliteXC was all done except the signing.  Mere weeks later, EliteXC closed shop leaving Ortiz as a complete free agent again.  As recently as two weeks ago, Tito was actively negotiating for a return to the UFC, but could not come to terms.  Thus it appears Ortiz is headed to Affliction after all.

Tito also recently had surgery on his chronically injured back.  He has stated that the earliest he would be back to fighting would be the beginning of summer 2009. 

Ortiz Narrows List Down to UFC or Affliction


Tito Ortiz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Months after his release from the UFC, former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz remains a free agent, and has reportedly narrowed his list of potential homes down to two promotions: his former employer or Affliction Entertainment.

Ortiz has claimed multiple times since the summer that he was close to signing a contract with an organization - first Affliction, then EliteXC. However Ortiz is now “guaranteeing” that fans will see him back in action after he recovers from recent back surgery in July:

In an appearance at last weekend’s Rumble in the Park in Fresno (broadcast today on HDNet’s Inside MMA), Ortiz said, “It’s either going to be with the UFC or it’s going to be with Affliction, but guaranteed, you guys will see me fight—no matter what—by July.”

Michael David Smith also points out that Ortiz’s back surgery was the same kind that Nate Quarry had after getting highlight-reeled by Rich Franklin at UFC 56 way back when, and he wasn’t able to return for 15 months. Until Tito actually puts his name to paperwork, his constant claims that he’s getting ready to rock the MMA world with his destination choice are going to start to irk his followers, as if they haven’t already.

UFC Responds to Ortiz’s Insurance Claim


Tito Ortiz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

During Saturday’s telecast of EliteXC’s “Heat” on CBS, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz announced that he would be out of action for up to six months because of required back surgery to repair a lingering injury. In a statement issued to MMA Weekly yesterday, Ortiz also stated that his former employer, the UFC, has refused to pay for the surgery in what Tito has referred to as an injury that “obviously happened in their cage”.

“The kicker to this whole story is that the UFC denied my claim for coverage of my debilitating back injury obviously acquired in the Octagon,” Ortiz said. “This was the last kick in the gut made by the UFC. After all of the battling, and allegiance I pledged to them, they now have stooped so low as to not give me the medical care I so desperately needed.”

Now the UFC has responded with an official statement of their own sent out to MMA Weekly as well. The organization claims that it is actually their insurance company and not themselves that are able to make decisions concerning which fighters’ claims are covered.

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Ortiz Close to Signing With EliteXC


Tito Ortiz. Photo courtesy of TitoOrtiz.com.

After flirting with the idea of signing with a number of promotions including Affliction, the American Fight League, and even his former employer, the UFC, for months now, it seems that Tito Ortiz could end up inking a deal with EliteXC as soon as next week.

Ortiz revealed that he was very close to potentially signing a deal with the organization during it’s network television broadcast of “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS over the weekend.

“I see Andrei Arlovski competing in (EliteXC) now so the big names are starting to come over,” Ortiz said. “I’m going to exercise my right to be a free agent and we’re working really close… we’re about a week a way from signing the deal and I know that my fans are all going to be excited to see me back in the cage.”

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Kongo Latest to Join Wolfslair


Cheick Kongo. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Two weeks after training partner Quinton “Rampage” Jackson officially joined up with the Wolfslair Fight Team, UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo has ditched Juanito Ibarra as his manager and done the same according to a report by Yahoo! Eurosport.

Kongo will join Jackson along with new teammates Michael Bisping and Paul Kelly at the England-based gym, which is only a few hours away from his current home in his native country of France.

“With Mike [Bisping] fighting so often in America, we made a lot of great friends,” Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann said. “Quinton had a split from his coach and he knew what a good job we did with Bisping so it was a natural move for him.

“His old management weren’t on great terms with the UFC. It was the same with Cheick. He was having some problems negotiating his new contract with the UFC and was looking for somewhere to train so it was an easy decision for him to join his mates.”

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