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Donald Trump to get involved with MMA?

trump_fedor_sylvia1.jpg Calvin Ayre and Mark Cuban count as two high-profile multi-millionaires/billionaires that have gotten involved with the growth-sport of MMA. There are indications that they could possibly be joined by none other than Donald Trump. spoke with a source last month that indicated Trump has been talking with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz about potential MMA projects. At the same, we could not find a second source for the story and elected not to run with it. However, the story was given credence by Ortiz himself while conducting an interview on Friday for ESPN’s Sports Center. While the reference was brief, Ortiz did in fact mention that Trump was looking to possibly get involved with the sport.

Trump and Ortiz recently worked together during NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality television show.

Trump also hosted Affliction’s New York press conference to promote its debut show on July 19 this past Thursday at his Trump Tower building in Manhattan. The real estate mogul was in attendance for a portion of the presser, and briefly addressed the media and fans in attendance. During his comments, Trump was very favorable about MMA and its athletes.

  • mma-tube says:

    What ? The apprentice cage match? I’ll watch……

  • bjjdenver says:

    Affliction/Tito/The Donald could be a nice mix.

    The promotion/the knowledge and draw/the money.

    The big question to me is, how long would Donald be willing to lose money before cashing it in? I don’t see him tolerating that for an extended period to establish a foothold in the market.

  • mike wolfe says:

    Tito vs. Omarosa. She’ll kick his ass.

  • Ryder Die says:

    The Donald is a very savvy buisness man and I think that he will leave the MMA scene alone right now. He likes to make money now and in MMA you cant make money without losing some at first. He may host events and fighters but I dont think we will see The Donald start a promotion yet.

  • Torgo says:

    Yeah, and since he’s had more to do with the WWE thus far than MMA, maybe he’s planning on starting his own pro wrestling league first?

    Let’s not jump to conclusions.


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