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Tito Ortiz and Affliction Prepare Major Announcements

(“I just saved a bunch of money on my hepatitis test.”)

In a new interview with MMA Weekly, Tito Ortiz reveals that he’s just about done negotiating his next fight contract:

“Most likely I’m not going with the UFC, that’s about 99% sure that that’s not happening. I’ve got to be thankful for Lorenzo (Fertitta), what he gave me to this point, but it’s too bad that they have a president the way he is, just hot headed the way he is, takes everything personal and I wash my hands clean…

I’m going to move on and I’m going to try another company out, I’m going to see how it goes. By the end of this month there will be a big news break, where Tito Ortiz is going and what I did for a contract.”

If it’s not the UFC, it has to be EliteXC or Affliction, right? Well, another report on MMA Rated has us thinking that Ortiz could be leaning towards the t-shirt company. As Affliction COO Michael D. Cohen told Ariel Helwani:

At this present moment, I can not give the reason [for the event cancelation] but what I can tell you is that there is going to be a public announcement made and this announcement is truly going to change the world of mixed martial arts. Unlike other similar statements made, the press conference that will be had in the near future will have the affect as I described it. [Ed. note: LOL!]

And when can we expect this earth-shattering announcement?

Within two weeks. We are truly hoping that it will be within one week, but the reality is two weeks. MMA fans all around the world will understand the reason for the postponement of the event. And something I want to make clear…The event has not been cancelled, it’s postponed, and the reasons will become very apparent to all.

Call me a cynic, but I’m going to start preparing my FAIL photos. Cohen also discusses “Day of Reckoning”‘s slow ticket sales and the UFC’s Las Vegas meddling, and while he can try to re-direct our attention all he wants with this talk of a game-changing announcement, a postponed show isn’t good news, no matter how he spins it. Although Fedor vs. Tito is certainly a freak show worth waiting for…

Update: Fowlkes just spoke with Cohen and asked him if Affliction’s announcement had anything to do with Tito’s announcement. His response: “Absolutely not.”

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Anonymous- January 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm
Kimbo Slice and Fedor?? ...lmao Kimbo is a half decent street fighter but not close to being in a real MMA fight with a top notch fighter. I don't know if you all have had the chance to to see Kimbo eat a good punch yet (because they don't put him in the cage with anyone that CAN punch) but anyway his chin is shall we say, MADE OF GLASS!!!
MKO- September 10, 2008 at 5:09 am
Come on, groundbreaking? I think it is quite obvious that the announcement will be in-ring weaponry. No guns, for now, but definitely clubs, spears, maces and bear traps. And bears, also. Obviously.
fedor- September 10, 2008 at 4:16 am
it would bring me great honor to fight this man with head size of ukraine.
Tito- September 10, 2008 at 3:45 am
Fedor sucks and is way over rated!
Derly- September 10, 2008 at 3:09 am
Tito probably did do something for Affliction, but I doubt that the UFC bought all of Afflictions contracts, as Tito says he's 99% sure he won't be going there.
Markdog- September 10, 2008 at 2:06 am
Why would any major television network give Affliction a deal when they have relatively no experience? And why are we listening to Tito?
ksgbobo- September 10, 2008 at 1:42 am
The whole Affliction/Dream collaboration sounds like a good idea, but I have a couple others.
Tito vs Ken Shammrock (probably not though, since the announcement has nothing to do with Tito)
Kimbo vs Fedor (that would be awesome - Kimbo getting his ass kicked)
Affliction getting a sweet TV deal (more likely)
john c tvorak- September 9, 2008 at 11:48 pm
>F*ck you “john c tvorak” I thought the same damn thing!
>I say we both get credit when its announced…Deal?

Dude, I have no probs sharing the credit if this get Manhoef to north america (maybe even to whip Tito's ass...we can dream).
Rumbler- September 9, 2008 at 11:40 pm
"How about an Affliction/DREAM collaboration?
They bring some of their fighters here and do another co-promotion in Japan."

F*ck you "john c tvorak" I thought the same damn thing! I say we both get credit when its announced...Deal?
Shawn- September 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm
Tito becomes more irrelevant by the day. Do you hear me Tito? Irrelevant. You know what fighters do Tito? I heard that they fight. You're not Fedor, buddy. No ones clamoring about how you're the top p4p guy on the planet but just need to fight a top guy to prove it once more. You need to get yourself into a cage or a ring or a Denny's parking lot and fight. DO YOU HEAR ME?!? FIGHT!
Velcro Shoes- September 9, 2008 at 9:36 pm
Tito vs some boxer. That's their 'ground breaking' announcement. Yawn.

Back to some real MMA news please.
Shawn- September 9, 2008 at 9:34 pm
I agree with the dude who said the UFC bought them. That's the only thing that makes any sense. Tito Ortiz is the biggest announcement they could possibly have at this point and that's not even something that would "change the sport." Plus, the guy debunked Tito as the surprise anyway. Unless they announce that Fedor Emelianenko is indeed an actual Russian engineered cyborg than I think we're going to read some headlines that read "WOW! ANOTHER LET DOWN!"
Markdog- September 9, 2008 at 8:57 pm
Regis Philbin and Howie Mandel are gay lovers!
vidq- September 9, 2008 at 8:56 pm
tito is a world class douche
unknown- September 9, 2008 at 8:55 pm
lol I was just watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire and the 25,000 dollar question was "Who is Kimbo Slice?" and the guy got it right :P
Brad- September 9, 2008 at 8:30 pm
My prediction...

UFC bought the Affliction contracts and fighters will be able to wear Affliction shirts at UFC shows again. It's really the only thing that makes sense.
john c tvorak- September 9, 2008 at 8:26 pm
Hey Fowkes! How does Ariel's peepee taste?

Anyone think a TV network deal could be the announcement?
Trump does have the connections.

How about an Affliction/DREAM collaboration?
They bring some of their fighters here and do another co-promotion in Japan.

Fedor fighting in January is in the good news category and it can be considered big but I dont think its it.
Markdog- September 9, 2008 at 8:25 pm
"...where Tito Ortiz is going and what I did for a contract.”

Nice us of the Third and First person in the same sentatnce, toolabag!