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.”
Ortiz’s first opponent inside his new home could be a familiar one in the form of Frank Shamrock, who handed Ortiz his second career loss with a fourth-round submission loss at UFC 22 almost ten years ago and is reportedly interested in giving Ortiz a rematch.
“I know the last time me and Frank got it on I was a young kid, only 22 years old,” Ortiz said. “I wasn’t educated at the time in the sport as it is now. I have 11 years of experience now, so I think it would be a different story in the rematch, but Frank is an awesome fighter and promoter so it’s just a matter of me getting in the cage with him.”
Ortiz’s career-long relationship with the UFC came to an end following his lackluster decision loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 in May. It was Ortiz’s second defeat in his last three fights and the Huntington Beach native hasn’t won since winning consecutive fights over Ken Shamrock two years ago.
He will now undergo back surgery that will keep him sidelined for at least six months.
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