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Affliction’s Contract Talks With Tito Ortiz Sound Downright Painful


(Tito and Jenna, still trying to solve that age-old argument about which is the more lucrative industry: fighting or screwing?)

Here’s what you know going into contract negotiations with Tito Ortiz: he is going to insist that you pay him waaaay more than he’s actually worth, and he will genuinely believe that it’s justified. That’s what Affliction is finding out. After claiming he had a “ground-breaking record” contract in the works only to have his statement directly contradicted by Affliction COO Michael Cohen, Ortiz is now actually said to be in negotiations with Affliction, though it isn’t going well.

Affliction VP Tom Atencio told MMA Weekly, “We’ve got a contract, and it’s just not feasible.”

I think we can untangle that odd syntax enough to infer that what he means is Ortiz has told them how much money he wants and it’s absolutely ridiculous. Color me surprised. The problem is that Ortiz has an inflated sense of what he can bring to an MMA organization at this point. For example, he claims that he’ll do a guaranteed 500,000 pay-per-view buys for Affliction. This is what’s known as “crazy talk.”

Ortiz isn’t that big a star anymore. He only thinks he is. MMA fans have seen him limp along the last few years with victories over an over-the-hill Ken Shamrock and his more recent loss to Lyoto Machida, so it isn’t likely that too many of the hardcore faithful are dying to see “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” back in action.

If his reasoning is that fans of “The Apprentice” are going to plop down forty bucks to see him fight “Babalu” Sobral (who most of them have probably never heard of) in Affliction (an organization they may or may not be aware of), then he’s overestimating the reality TV crowd’s attention span. They’ve forgotten him in favor of Brooke Hogan and Mr. Boston by now.

When the people who paid Matt Lindland $300,000 and Tim Sylvia $800,000 think your expectations are “not feasible,” you must really be off the mark.

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Joe- August 20, 2008 at 10:25 pm
Tito is more exciting outside the ring these days than inside. I used to be a huge fan of his until he started this greedy stuff. I definitely would not not swayed to pay $40 for a PPV just because Tito was on it. If his in ring excitement was as good as his out of the ring excitement then possibly he could get some more PPV buys.

At the end of the MMA organizations are a business and those who will be paid the most are those that put the most butts in seats and cause the most PPV buys. This might not always be the best fighters which is a shame but its how business works.

I wish Tito the best of luck as he is still a remembered face of MMA, however he should be looking to play a less active role in the ring and look at other angles.
Fedor DVD - Emelianenko's instructional- August 13, 2008 at 4:08 pm
I think we all know how that one's gonna end: Tito will not be signed to any organization and will remain whining about how he deserves much more than he really earns. Too bad for him - several years ago, when he was much more concerned about fighting instead of making bucks, he had much higher chances of being picked up by organizations such as Affliction.
titos a noob- August 13, 2008 at 2:13 pm
titos gonna get beat in his next fight no matter who he fights cause hes a washed up big headed butt pirate, his fugly ass woman is the one wearing the pants in their big meat head relationship. an you cant have a hooker wearin pants lol it just cant happen.
Horror Fighter- August 13, 2008 at 12:40 pm
I would have paid to watch Tito fight Babalu -- in the hopes that Babalu might snap again and choke Ortiz into retirement. Babalu seems to genuinely dislike Ortiz, and Ortiz loves to talk trash. And we all have seen what Babalu does to guys who disrespect him...

Ah, well. So much for that record-breaking contract. At least now Tito can focus on that billion-dollar company, Punishment Athletics.
Overrated Punk- August 13, 2008 at 12:34 pm
Tito is a has-been, overrated, punk. If Affliction signs him for a mult-fight contract, its all but over for them. And 500,000 buys?? Maybe like 50,000 extra, and thats just because I would spend $40 to see a little bitch like Tito get his bell rung. Have you seen the Light-Heavys out there right now? (I know most are in the UFC, and Tito and Dana are done with but..still!). He cannot hang with the tuff new talent out there. I know he helped the sport get where it is today, but its a new day, now you have to prove yourself before you get the money.(unless you are fag-boy Tim) He will lose his next couple of fights and hopefully we will never see him again. Good Luck Affliction.

P.S. Jenna is more popular in p0rn that Tito is in MMA. For sure. Douchebag.
tallsforeverybody- August 13, 2008 at 5:04 am
Seriously? Does anyone care whether this guy fights again or not? I'd watch him on Ultimate Fight Night or something, but to pay for it?

Tito is in for a big cash grab, only he's not sophisticated enough to pull it off.

He'll be backpedaling again in no time with some silly excuse about how he really got his way and he orchestrated the whole thing. Blah Blah Blah.
L- August 12, 2008 at 11:11 pm
@Fightfan:
I see it too.
rh- August 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm
they should offer Tito a 3 or 4 fight deal with incremental win incentives. Lowball the first purse with a balloon bonus if he wins, and each purse gets successively larger after that.

It might be exactly what Tito needs to light a fire in him again.

rh
Launchpad Mctap- August 12, 2008 at 10:51 pm
I bet Jenna could suck them into giving him the salary he wants. He should dump her. Whatever happened to supporting your man....*sigh*
Yo Daddy- August 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm
Tito, how bout you give it a fricken rest and train your ass off to fight. Win 2 or 3 in a row and THEN start your crap again because RIGHT NOW....nobody is buying it. NOBODY!

And I like Tito...
sol- August 12, 2008 at 9:57 pm
the word porn was blocked? i see it clearly in your first post
MMA fan- August 12, 2008 at 9:42 pm
Can't believe that Matt Lindland got $300,000!!!
chris hill- August 12, 2008 at 9:21 pm
The only way that tito will get the money he wants is if they are paying salaries based on the weight of your head like produce.
fightfan- August 12, 2008 at 9:11 pm
What is with the censoring of our posts???? If you dont know what I mean. Try entering a swear word or, in my case the word p0rn was blocked
fightfan- August 12, 2008 at 9:09 pm
Who else thinks that Jenna will ever go back to porn?? I mean actually "starring" in them. I wouldnt doubt it. And even worse I beleive that Tito will put his tail between his legs and "let" and "back" her on it....while on the inside he is miserable and ashamed.
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