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Tito Ortiz says that he’s once again close to signing a contract

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has gone on the record once again to claim that his current status as a free agent is about to change.

According to a blog entry by Michael David Smith of AOL’s FanHouse, Ortiz indicated during a recent television interview with Rumble in the Park in Frenso that he’s on the verge of finalizing a contract with a major national promotion.

“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,” Smith quotes Ortiz as saying.

Despite Ortiz making the proclamation himself, it’s unclear just how credible his statement is. In early-September, Ortiz claimed he was on the verge of signing a record-breaking contract with Affliction. Despite reports that an announcement was forthcoming, an agreement was never finalized.

Soon after talks with Affliction broke off, Ortiz was then involved in deep negotiations that nearly landed him with the Los Angeles-based Elite Xtreme Combat. During weigh-ins for the promotion’s Oct. 4 “Heat” event, Ortiz informed several members of the media that he was close to finalizing an agreement with the promotion.

At the time, sources revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that Ortiz had met several times with high-level CBS executives in Sunrise, Florida the week leading up to network’s telecast of the Oct. 4 event from the Bank Atlantic Center. The sources indicated that CBS execs came away very impressed with Ortiz and that a deal was “all but signed.”

CBS apparently felt comfortable enough in their talks with Ortiz to not only put him on camera during the Saturday Night Fights telecast but to also grant him backstage access. However, a deal was never consummated and all talks likely broke off after EliteXC announced massive layoffs to its staff and signaled its intent to suspend operations two weeks ago.

Ortiz also revealed during the interview that he recently underwent successful surgery on his back and made the claim that the procedure he underwent was similar to one that current UFC middleweight Nate Quarry underwent. While Ortiz is claiming he will resume fighting no later than July, Quarry’s surgery sidelined him for 15 months.

25 COMMENTS
  • Robert says:

    Whoever Tito signs with it will be good to see him in the cage again and hopefully his rehab goes well now that his surgery is over. I don’t think he’ll be out of action as long as Quarry.

  • tallsforeverybody says:

    this should be fun for Dana.

  • tallsforeverybody says:

    Oh, and Tito is duuumb.

  • Super Dave says:

    Eh, Tito hasn’t really been exciting lately. Lyoto beat the hell out of him and danced around the ring while Tito kept coaxing The Dragon to engage him but never engaged himself. If Tito comes back, he better start using his whole skill set or he’ll just fade into obscurity.

  • Davey D says:

    I would like to see Tito compete again. If the money is right, he should move to Affliction or Strikeforce. I don’t really think he would fair to well in the UFC again. I’m sure he’ll get paid hansomely anywhere he goes but the chances of him going on a winning streak would be better outside of the UFC.

  • Does anyone really care about Tito anymore? All this talk about him signing with (the promotion of the week) is all very akin to Kurt Angle talking about how he’s getting ready for an MMA debut. Whoever signs Tito needs to do it and get it over with, so they can bury him to build their stars.. that way we won’t need to listen to this nonsense anymore.

  • Cash says:

    Is this the same Tito that beat the current champ AND the contender ???

    OH thats right, we should pretend that didn’t happen.

  • Robert says:

    [email protected] are you kidding comparing Tito and Kurt Angle a guy who held the UFC Light heavyweight championship longer than anyone and has been part of the biggest PPV events in UFC history to a guy who’s never had an MMA fight, and I hate when people say does anyone even care about this person or that person well obviously yes because their being talked about. You could say that about anyone does anybody even care about Randy Couture. Some do some don’t I personally could care less if Randy ever fights again.

  • KTru says:

    Tito = washed up….versus Randy Couture….. the reigning Heavyweight Champion in UFC. Give me a break.
    He did not beat the top contender btw, it was a boring draw.
    Quit defending the name, he is not half the fighter he was, or he ever thought he was.

  • weoweoweo says:

    the kurt angle comparison is because angle always says that he’s close to competing in MMA. Tito has been on the verge of signing a blockbuster contract for months now. I doubt anyone would sign him this early though. Maybe in a couple of months, just to see how the surgery/recovery went.

    and CASH, it was a draw with evans. I think tito shouldve won the fight, but he grabbed the fence and ended up with a draw. too bad. And a controversial win over a developing forrest, a draw with evans, and a loss to machida doesnt make him a top contender that he once was.

    those wins over ken shamrock dont count.

  • weoweoweo says:

    the kurt angle comparison is because angle always says that he’s close to competing in MMA. Tito has been on the verge of signing a blockbuster contract for months now. I doubt anyone would sign him this early though. Maybe in a couple of months, just to see how the surgery/recovery went.

    and CASH, it was a draw with evans. I think tito shouldve won the fight, but he grabbed the fence and ended up with a draw. too bad. And a controversial win over a developing forrest, a draw with evans, and a loss to machida doesnt make him a top contender that he once was.

    those wins over ken shamrock dont count.

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  • Robert says:

    KTru “give you a break ” what are you talking about? I am simply pointing out everyone has fighters they like to watch and don’t. Obviously you agree with my post because your taking a shot at Ortiz and taking Couture’s side, so you’re so upset someone does’nt hang on Couture’s nuts like you that you post a comment without even realizing you agree with me.Next time read someone’s entire post and think about what their saying before posting a comment.

  • Mike A says:

    wow calm down u baby

  • KTru says:

    I only have to read a sentence from your post and it is stupid like every other post you have ever done. Swinging on nuts? It is clear you are on Tito’s.

    No taking a shot at Tito, I am clearly stating facts. Tito IS washed up and Couture is relevant.

    I am already wasting too much time with you.

    not does’nt….. its doesn’t

  • CMT says:

    Tito’s career lately can be summed up in a simple song.

    “Once, Twice, Three Times Malady”.

    Beating Ken, losing to Lyoto, and a draw against Evans. Tito needs to get out of the UFC. He needs a change of scenery. I am not a big Tito fan, but he has a few decent fights left in him. I expect him to sign with any body but Dana. Affliction would be a good home. If he can humble himself, get heathly, and start to take his potential competition seriously, he might see a few wins.

  • yuushi says:

    :SNORES:

    Wake me up when we’re talking about . . . you know, a relevant fighter in this day and age.

  • Powers says:

    Tito wants a lot of money, but focuses less on the fights and more on superstardom. He’s like Shonie Carter. Infact, those two should start a promotion.

  • Robert says:

    KTru you’re saying Tito is washed up? The same Tito who beat the current UFC champion and had a draw with the current #1 contender. For someone so eager to correct someone’s spelling you should first think about the ridiculous comment you made beforehand. You’re taking these post too personal which tells me you’re obviously on Couture’s nuts and upset everyone else is not in line with you.

  • Jay K. says:

    Neil, Very compelling post!

    That’s because you read my mind! :) I too thought the very same thing.

    Tito should only speak up AFTER he signs a contract and NOT with the promoter of the month club.

  • Imbecile says:

    Tito always wants crazy amounts of money, so who knows who can afford him. It is doubtful he is worth his asking price for any organization.

    Personally, I would love to see him fight Babalu in Affliction, but I just don’t know if that is a big money fight.

    If Tito wants the biggest fights possible for him, he should probably sign for the UFC with another deal allowing a piece of the PPV revenue. Here are some options I just thought about for him in the UFC that I haven’t heard mentioned elsewhere. He could be an interesting Light-Heavyweight test for Anderson Silva, and that fight would do significant PPV numbers. Or, if Randy Couture loses to Lesnar, a rematch at 205 between him and Randy would also sell very well, IMO. Also, a rematch against Wanderlei Silva is always welcome.

    At this stage, I see Tito fighting just a couple of big name fights and not really being in contention for a belt. However, a fight against any of these three would do fantastic PPV numbers, and if Tito somehow pulled out a win, would put him right back in the mix despite a rough couple of years.

  • KTru says:

    Too personal?
    I could care less what you think, and yes Tito IS WASHED UP!!!!!!
    Evans and Griffin would be favored and would beat him now. You know now? The Present? Today? Not 2-3 years ago?
    Your stupidity is relevant and your defending of Tito is laughable.
    Everyone is in line with that.

  • Bill Lumberg says:

    Please go away Tit Ortiz, really go away and make babies with crack head porn stars. He is getting to be as bad a Ken Shamrock. Boring fights cannot earn you record contracts. Is he even Top Ten anymore?

  • Robert says:

    KTru you might want to stop posting comments because there the only thing that’s laughable, and you can’t tell someone you don’t care what they think when you keep responding to their comments. Do you even realize how hypocritical you are with EVERY post you make.Stop it.

  • Robert says:

    Bill Lumberg guys like Tito Ortiz , Ken and Frank Shamrock, Dan Severn, and Mark Coleman are the pioneers of this sport who were dominant forces in it before it was popular and they deserve respect. Dana White and the Fertitta’s rode Tito Ortiz in the early stages of their ownership to keep the company afloat until it blew up after TUF that’s why Lorenzo Fertitta will offer Tito a contract no matter how his relationship with Dana has sank because he appreciates how much he meant to the UFC when then took over from SEG.

  • dpk says:

    I think UFC would love to make Tito v Anderson Silva/ Rampage / Wandy/ Shogun/ Forrest(again)/ Franklin / Hendo. All of those fights would be massive, and have a ton of anticipation.

    I never see Tito fighting for and winning the title again, but he could still be a solid fighter for a few more years.

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