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.