Tito Ortiz

Ortiz Talks Free Agency, Interested Parties

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was featured as a panelist on last night’s edition of Inside MMA on HDNet and discussed his current state as a free agent in the world of mixed martial arts following the conclusion of his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this month.

Despite his ongoing feud with UFC President Dana White, Ortiz admits that he is actually still negotiating with his long-time home, although a clause in his contract may be giving the UFC more room to talk to him than he would like.

Even after all of the drama, Ortiz says that there is still a small chance he may end up signing with the UFC after all.

“EliteXC - possibility, Affliction - possibility, the UFC - a small chance of that happening,” Ortiz said when asked about where he might end up. “You know I’m taking this stuff with Dana White and shoving it aside and moving on with my life. I’m going to wash my hands [of it] and make sure that my future is going to be very, very, very… great.”

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The Jento Baby Confirmation

That’s what you do with celeb couples, merge the names, right?  No?  Not here?  Oh well, either way, Jenna Jameson confirmed she’s pregnant to US Magazine.

“Yes, I can confirm I’m pregnant. It’s still early, so I’m being cautious. I’m resting as much as possible,” she tells Usmagazine.com exclusively. “I’m so happy!”

She adds that she and boyfriend of two years, mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz, “are still in a state of shock.

“I’m just saying super healthy,” she says. “I’ve moved down to the beach with Tito — I love being by the beach.”

Fetuses everywhere are lining up to go visit that kid’s mom’s house in 12 years only to wind up being scared off by dad’s negotiating tactics when trying to fight them.

Dana White Featured in September Playboy

Dana White. Photo courtesy of Playboy Magazine.

Playboy’s regular readers might have something a little extra to look forward to this month as Dana White is featured in the magazine’s usual monthly interview slot for the September issue.

The UFC’s head-honcho opens up on a bunch of topics, including the future of the UFC, the downfall of boxing, his feud with Tito Ortiz, his thoughts on Mark Cuban and Donald Trump, and a failed multi-year deal with HBO among other things.

The September issue was released this past Friday and is now available on newsstands everywhere as well as online at www.playboydigital.com. Selected quotes from the interview are after the jump, courtesy of Playboy themselves.

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Affliction Confirms Negotiations With Ortiz

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One week after former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz prematurely told the media that he had signed with Affliction Entertainment, organizational heads Tom Atencio and Michael Cohen have both confirmed that they are actively in negotiations with the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy”.

Ortiz told Sports Illustrated last week that he was set to sign a “ground-breaking” contract with the popular California clothing company turned MMA promotion and that the deal would have him become part of the company’s management team. However at a press conference announcing their October 11th “Day of Reckoning” event the next day, Atencio stated that he and his team had not even been in contact with Ortiz.

Even though the two sides are now officially talking, the chances of Ortiz competing at the show in Las Vegas this fall remain slim.

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Dana White vs. Tito’s Biggest Fan

I’m sure a lot of people have heard/seen this by now. Short backstory: A fan who has been dubbed “Crazy Corrie” by Steve Cofield, had a little something to say to UFC President Dana White during last weekend’s Q&A session with UFC Fight Club members before UFC 87. She loves Tito Ortiz and doesn’t want to hear Dana badmouth him anymore. The rest is history. Enjoy.

HT: Yahoo! Sports

Surprises and Switches at Affliction Presser

Tito Ortiz was nowhere to be found at today’s Affliction press conference in Las Vegas, fueling speculation that may not have signed with the promotion after all. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Affliction Entertainment held a press conference earlier this afternoon at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to confirm a quartet of fights and reveal broadcast details for the promotion’s scheduled “Day of Reckoning” event, which will take place on October 11th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

Among the bouts officially announced today by Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio included two previously reported bouts: a rematch between IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko and longtime divisional contender Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and a middleweight contest between former UFC standouts Vitor Belfort and Matt Lindland.

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Jameson and Ortiz to Be Parents

Not many MMA stars get to frequent Page Six like Tito does.  Word is his girlfriend Jenna Jameson is pregnant, and yes, it’s his:

CONGRATS to Jenna Jameson. The retired porn queen is pregnant with the baby of her boyfriend, UFC champ Tito Ortiz. “She had a bunch of meetings and things planned for Fashion Week, including meetings for her own line, but she’s postponed everything,” said our source. “She’s completely thrilled, this is something she’s wanted for a very long time.” Jameson miscarried during her marriage to Jay Grdina, whom she divorced in 2006. She also once failed with in vitro. Jameson’s assistant didn’t return calls and Ortiz’s rep had no comment.

Ortiz: “My Affliction Deal is Ground-Breaking”

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It’s official: Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has signed with Affliction Entertainment. The 33-year-old has stated that the deal he signed with the promotion will be nothing short of “ground-breaking”, likely making one of, if not the, highest-paid fighter in mixed martial arts today.

“I guarantee you that my contract will be like no other,” Ortiz told Sports Illustrated’s Arash Markazi. “It will be a ground-breaking record contract for sure, without a doubt. There’s so much money to be made right now in mixed martial arts and it’s all about the fighters trying to make that money. It’s going to be a long-term deal where I put my heart and soul into the company and help build them. That’s something I’m interested in doing. They’re going to bring me on, not just as a fighter but also doing some of the back work also.”

Ortiz is set to be introduced at a press conference Affliction has slated for tomorrow in Las Vegas. His official defection from the UFC comes just over 24 hours after his non-compete clause with the organization expired at midnight on Monday. It also signals that Dana White and company opted not to match Affliction’s offer. Exact numbers in terms of the money he’s making with this deal have not yet been revealed.

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Affliction’s October Show Now in Doubt

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Affliction caused quite a stir earlier this month when right after their successful debut into the world of MMA with “Banned”, VP Tom Atencio immediately started discussing plans for a second show later this year. News floated around and eventually it was reported that the promotion would hold a show right in the UFC’s backyard, even using one of their former champions in the main event.

However those clamoring to see Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski duke it out for WAMMA’s “title”, (that would be all of us) may now have to wait a little bit longer for that to happen, and for more than one reason.

It’s not that alarming but the California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions from Affliction’s July 19th event earlier today. Normally it would just be protocol to list out the suspensions and their length. However two of the the second planned show’s biggest draws may be unable to participate.

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Seems Like Babalu May Get His Wish

Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Right after his win over Mike Whitehead at Affliction’s inaugural show earlier this month, Renato “Babalu” Sobral called out Tito Ortiz, who is currently in the midst of his divorce from Dana White and the UFC. Sobral says that fighting Ortiz would be a dream fulfilled. Maybe this dream is a tad weird but we’ll let that slide for now.

Anyway, Steve Cofield reports that Ortiz-Sobral will happen at Affliction’s next show in October, serving as the co-main event. Tom Atencio won’t confirm it but did mention that details concerning the next show’s fight card will be revealed at a press conference on August 6th. According to Ortiz, his non-compete clause with the UFC expires on August 4th.

That technically gives Atencio only two days to talk money with Ortiz but let’s not pretend to be naive here, it’s probably already happened and is a common practice. Let’s just hope that the UFC doesn’t decide to go after Tito because of the rumors because I’m sure paperwork hasn’t been signed yet. With Ortiz’s buddy Donald Trump already connected with Affliction, it’s more than likely that he’ll choose them over EliteXC and Strikeforce, the two other major players that have reportedly been gunning for him lately.

In the end, it’s all going to come down to the big bucks, which the UFC isn’t willing to pay Ortiz any longer because of his recent lackluster performances. He’s a proven PPV draw, just look at the numbers. If Affliction is willing to pay Tim Sylvia $800,000, how much are they willing to shell out for Tito’s services?

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