(To clarify, “BITCH” is actually an acrostic for “Buddy I Trust Completely, Hooray!”)
Considering his on-again, off-again relationship with Dana White over the years (which sadly never came to actual blows), one would think that Tito Ortiz would have been chief among the fighters filing the class action lawsuit against the UFC when the list of names was first released. Ortiz has thrown near CagePotato-ian levels of shade at the UFC since “retiring” in the cage at UFC 148, and has repeatedly emphasized above all else that the slave-like treatment of fighters young and old was at the root of his issues with the promotion. It’s almost as if he hasn’t realized that mo money = mo problems.
As it turns out, Ortiz actually *was* approached to get in on the lawsuit and the hundreds of millions of thousands of zero dollars it will yield, but declined the offer because he didn’t want to “lend his name to it.” Ortiz’s lawyer, George Prajin, spoke with MMAJunkie:
Yes, (he was approached). He felt that it was just best to not be a part of that suit.
Obviously, everybody wants a better situation for the fighters, as far as pay and benefits. But Tito just felt that at that particular time, he wanted to opt out.
Because mainly, they were using him for the publicity aspect, and he didn’t want to lend his name to it.
It’s easy to understand why Ortiz would “opt out” of the suit if you give it more than a moment’s thought…