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Counterpoint: Maybe Tito Ortiz Wasn’t Completely Terrible at Cris Cyborg’s Press Conference [VIDEO]

Okay…my name is Tito Ortiz…my name is Tito Ortiz…*clears throat* “Good afterday. My name is Ito Tortiz.”

If you’re unfamiliar with our “Unsupportable Opinion/Counterpoiunt” columns, they’re our attempts at taking an issue that most MMA fans are in agreement on and arguing for the other side, even if we don’t necessarily believe anything we’re writing. Sometimes, they’re actually right. Hell, sometimes they’re downright prophetic. Usually, they’re even more wrong than we imagined. Regardless, they’re usually just a way to argue against popular opinion, so try not to call me too many mean names over this column, okay? I’m sensitive, you guys.

Anyways, the general consensus on the latest attempt at public speaking by Tito Ortiz – the press conference he held to announce that Cyborg had signed with Invicta FC – is that it ended predictably. He did fairly well until the part where he had to open his mouth, and then…tragedy.

Tito Ortiz immediately botches the name of his own client, calling her Cristiane “Santos” Cyborg, before delivering the non-sequiturs and mispronunciations you’ve come to expect from Tito Ortiz. Needless to say, everyone has been busy talking about this press conference, and everyone agrees that it was terrible.

Well, hear me out: Maybe Tito Ortiz didn’t completely ruin the press conference with his usual nonsense. After all, we’re still talking about it, even though absolutely nothing about Cyborg signing with Invicta has been surprising. We knew she was going there. We knew that Cyborg wasn’t going to try to cut to 135 pounds just to fight Ronda Rousey. Frankly, if Saturday wasn’t a slow news day, we may not have been talking about her decision to sign with Invicta in the first place. If Tito’s job at the press conference was to get us talking about Cris Cyborg, then did he fail?

Okay, counterpoint over. Yes. He failed. It was terrible. Move along, there’s nothing to see here.


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angry little feet- February 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm
Props to Cyborg for having a better grasp of the English language than her manager.
Thumblaster- February 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm
I'm suprised tito has'nt come out and talked about the brain surgery he had two days before the presser and how he battled through it for the fans. His brain is only at 40%.
El Guapo- February 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm
I saw this live on the MMA Hour(think that's what it's called)Friday night and felt uncomfortable as fuck. There was nobody else in the room and I could have just changed the channel but it was like the awkwardness froze my body and forced me to watch, cringing at every other sentence. Surreal, to say the least.
noizy- February 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm
Inside MMA.

MMA Hour is Ariel's show.
noizy- February 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm
This reminds me of the guy in school who hasn't read the book and is trying to do a presentation about it in front of the class. Awkward.
Fried Taco- February 18, 2013 at 9:31 am
And no one is talking about how Dana said they offered to sign Cyborg and then PAY for her to compete in Invicta? And Tito turned that down so she could sign with Invicta? According to my math, if someone is willing to pay for you to do something, and you decline so you can pay for it yourself, you're a moron.
monkeyknuckler- February 18, 2013 at 9:28 am
Is it possible that Tito has reached the highest level of human consciousness possible by not even being aware that he is talking? Maybe his mind is too busy exploring the outer reaches of the universe, and his body is left here on earth all by itself to perform the most mundane of tasks, such as public speaking.
The Fresh One- February 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
This has to be an all time best caption!
raton- February 18, 2013 at 7:02 am
Wow, brutal. I think Cheeto said "future" at least 20 times within the first minute. Cyborg did look less roided out when she stepped on the scale.
pistone- February 18, 2013 at 3:04 am
He really should write that shit down read of the paper. That is horrible.
Diaz Cartel- February 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm
I am thoroughly convinced that Tito's brain is the size of a peanut. Holy Shit!
Dick Juggernaut- February 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm
That was even more painful than when Tito "interviewed" Babalu post-fight.."the best...light-heavyweight..............of the night!"

My toes just won't uncurl. Holy shit.
danomite- February 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm
Wow. I can't even bring myself to crack a joke about Tito, it was that bad. Instead, let me just say that weigh in stunt was complete bullshit. Nobody is saying Santos can make 135 lbs easily. We're saying she can make 135 if she stops taking steroids. Cryborg had a choice: steroids or 135 lbs. she chose steroids.
amsterdamheavy- February 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm
Hey Tito: One word bitch. Toastmasters!
Mr_Misanthropy- February 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm
Who let Teetoe out of the house without his helmet or his chaperone?
Dick Juggernaut- February 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm
Jenna stole his helmet and porked his chaperone.
Dick Juggernaut- February 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm
Jenna stole his helmet and raped his chaperone.
pondotta- February 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm
The12ozCurls- February 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm
That actually made me stop chanting ECW and just watch this train wreck with my mouth agape. He should have a translator.
cman- February 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm
It's true. Tito starts talking and no matter how many bad things are happening, no matter how terrible my life I get a sudden euphoric sense of superiority. Simply because I'm not that retarded.
Pen Fifteen- February 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm
They should try Tito Ortiz videos as a cure for cancer or childhood hunger. 30 seconds of watching him and I forget that I have a care in the world.