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Tito Ortiz Continues to Jerk Us Around

("We’re gonna need that shirt back too.")

In an attempt to keep his name somewhat fresh in the minds of MMA fans who used to give a damn about him, Tito Ortiz will be appearing at an Affliction "Day of Reckoning" press conference in L.A. tomorrow; sources have indicated to MMA Weekly that Ortiz has agreed to sign with the promotion.

Though January 24th might be too soon a return date for Ortiz — who underwent back surgery in October — Affliction may be using a Tito-signing announcement to drum up more interest in their product, which certainly needs a push leading up to event #2. What we’re really curious about is what might have changed since August, when Tom Atencio called Ortiz’s contract demands "just not feasible." Did the HBBB get a little more realistic with his asking price, or did Affliction decide that they need Ortiz to boost pay-per-view buys, no matter what the cost?

Affliction’s light-heavyweight division isn’t particularly deep, but a few good matchups are possible for Ortiz. Renato Sobral and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou are facing off next month, and a fight between the winner of that match and Ortiz would be compelling. Vladimir Matyushenko (who Ortiz previously defeated at UFC 33 in September 2001) and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are also fighting at "Day of Reckoning," which provides another option. Assuming, of course, that Affliction will be around long enough to stage a third event. And assuming that "Day of Reckoning" will take place to begin with. But hey, if it makes sense to Tito, it makes sense to us.

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cr_trinity- December 17, 2008 at 3:08 am
Why is it that Tito Haters have their lips vaccuum sealed around Dana's cock? OH yeah, coz they're pussies. As someone already pointed out, and this is an endorsement of Tito, he beat the current UFC LHW Chump, and fought to a draw with the Number One Contender.

Oh yeah: seeing as you like news CP why don't you report on Tom Atencio's comments of Staion Casino going bankrupt by February 2009, and the possible ramifcations this will have on the UFCE? Oh yeah, journalistic integrity is required for that. That and a fan base who could give a shit about stuff other than whateverstupid crap they give a shit about.I suppose that MMA journalism in general in North America, not just this one site are lacking, eh.

CP Fanatics, go apeshit to your heart's content.
Mr Josh- December 16, 2008 at 9:18 pm
I wish Afliction the very best! i hope Ortiz gets with them and has an exciting fighting future for us all to enjoy and watch! I think its great That Fador has found a home with them aswell. Dana has done a good job with the UFC but puts to many restrictions on a lot of his fighters! Two big fighting companys names is what MMA needs! to creat more varity not only for the fighters but for us to! Anybody that loves MMA should fully suport not only the UFC but Affliction and Dream aswell.
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 8:24 pm
lol @ the guy who thinks you must either think that Forrest won the fight with Tito or you didn't see it. He must have not seen the first round which was a complete Ass kicking 10/8 round that could have easily been stopped in the first round.I love how Tito haters just come out guns blazing when a topic about Tito come up,because they'll be watching right with the rest of the Tito supporters when he competes again.Which means more publicity for him and money in his pocket.
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 6:45 pm
kick to thee liver, no way in hell chuck was winning that last fight til he got ktfo i mean "caught" he was losin that fight the 1st 30 sec.. watch it again see when he starts going after shad he wasnt fighting like chuck anymore
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 6:39 pm
drkliter Says:
How does Nogueira get to fight in UFC and Affliction without Dana getting pissy? Was this already discussed and I missed it?

Umm you do know Nog has a twin.. your joking please tell me you knew that?
kick to thee liver- December 16, 2008 at 6:37 pm
and i like foresst but i carnt c any one man holding the lhw belt fo long because their are a fair few dangerous fighters at lhw that the result could be diffrent everytime they fight.they big rashed and grffin up but do u think these two could carry on defending their belt to wandy machida t silva rampage chuck luiz cane.everyone talks about rashads record only cost he kod chuck when an old lidell was winning till he got caught.cane and t silva will ko evans machida will make him look silly and forrest is more a decision fighter were as you have plenty of guys that can lets see if shogun is any better now i heard he was injured in griffin fight.
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 6:28 pm
Tito might have gotten a decision against Forrest, but if you think he actually won that fight, then you didn't watch it.
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 6:26 pm
thank u.. wtf is with all this tito hatin, he is not washed up.. if that was the case u wouldnt be here tryin to see what hes gonna do next, did dana "bitch" white wrtie this?! man these cagepotato writers HATE on tito.. and perdew u just answerd your question to tyler

who has tito beaten since 2002??

forrest, vitor, cote, and kenny

must be hatin on chuck too..
kick to thee liver- December 16, 2008 at 6:15 pm
titos skills are inferior to new ufc top contenders but he is still a good fighter and is the reason alot of you are posting here.even the haters were fans once.even tho when he was champ he never faced anyone that good till chuck and randy.his best victories where wandy and kondo he should of fought vitor 3 years earlier frank beat when he was young foresst was young and ken was a waist of 3 fights of titos career.tito should of been fighting randleman bustamante linland frank shamy rematch ect he had easier fights than chuck randy or any lhw now but he was entertaining and thats what fans want.i feel chuck going the same you can be a good fighter but people adjust to yr style when u had so many fights in ufc you have to start mixing it nearly worked 4 tito with machida when he nearly got the sub maybe chuck should suprize some one with take down some gnp or subs and tito some subs and more high kicks people wouldn't expect it take them out of thier game plan.tito just looks silly now shooting from the open and joe rogan thinks tito subs are really good.
Perdew- December 16, 2008 at 12:08 pm
@ tyler

who has tito beaten since 2002??

an inexperienced forrest griffin, over the top vitor belfort, the wizard cote and the uncuttable (except for pre fight rolling) Ken Shamrock.

Tito will never do anything of consequence again in MMA except turn into De La Hoya and accept huge paychecks for high profile losses.

plenty of reasons to hate on him.
VegasMMAFan- December 16, 2008 at 11:29 am
Apollo Creed needs to help Tito get that "eye of the tiger" back. He's not a fighter anymore, only a businessman; it's just a paycheck for him. All the possible "match-up" fighters mentioned above will walk all over him...
tyler- December 16, 2008 at 11:29 am
Tito Ortiz is the biggest star and draw in the history of MMA. Nobody can deny that not to mention he was UFC light heavyweight champion for three and a half years.Tito haters are a dime a dozen they never have anything useful to say or a valid point to make.
Jeep- December 16, 2008 at 10:56 am
washed up
drkliter- December 16, 2008 at 10:20 am
@ greenseed - thanks for the clarification.
greenseed- December 16, 2008 at 10:17 am
@ drkliter - Rogerio is Rodrigos LHW counterpart as in his bro


oh wait that wasnt even cool 2 years ago
SB- December 16, 2008 at 10:11 am
I thought Badboy was one word
Perdew- December 16, 2008 at 10:06 am
drkliter- December 16, 2008 at 10:05 am
How does Nogueira get to fight in UFC and Affliction without Dana getting pissy? Was this already discussed and I missed it?
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 10:04 am
@ Perdew

"he wears fucking flames on his clothes. seriously who gives a shit."

They're real flames. He sleeps with JJ, which would put anyone's dick on fire.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 16, 2008 at 9:56 am
@ SB

HBBB = "Huntington Beach Bad Boy", right?

@ Perdew

"he wears fucking flames on his clothes. seriously who gives a shit."

You've got a good point there!
SB- December 16, 2008 at 9:37 am
Too many Bs in HBBB unless that B is just a typo.
TwinCityTapout- December 16, 2008 at 9:11 am
I wanna see the rematch between Tito and DMX, Cradle to The Grave was the shit!
Although I don't know how Tito lost since DMX had no skill in martial arts, Affliction should sign him.
armfarmer- December 16, 2008 at 8:43 am
Interesting point farthammer, I never even thought about that. I saw both of those fights I just never made that connection.
Ted Nutmeg- December 16, 2008 at 8:41 am
Whoa. Vacation, Perdew?
Perdew- December 16, 2008 at 8:38 am
why does anyone want to see ortiz vs babalu or ortiz vs any affliction fighter?

the only match up with Tito that could possibly be interesting is ortiz vs jameson or ortiz vs the grim reaper.

i'd rather watch him fuck or die before watching him fight again. he's a shitty old head fighter with one facet to his game. who cares.

he wears fucking flames on his clothes. seriously who gives a shit.