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Despite being offered a four-fight contract extension before his bout with Lyoto Machida last Saturday, and despite his vague statements during the post-fight interview, Tito Ortiz confirmed last night that he’s absolutely not coming back to fight in the UFC. “Me going to somewhere else is 100% happening,” Ortiz said, like some sort of caveman, or Indian chief, or Yoda. “The way [Dana White] treats me, I can’t continue on with them. He’s a monster and I’m going to go elsewhere where they respect me.”
Ortiz will now begin a three-week tour in support of his autobiography This Is Gonna Hurt, and will then go about deciding where to fight next. He hopes to compete again this fall, and according to MMAWeekly, he’s considered starting his own MMA organization.
In other UFC news you can use…
— The Ultimate Fighter 7‘s resident psycho Matt Brown (6-6), who was out-hustled by Amir Sadollah on last night’s episode, will be taking on TUF 6 castmember Matt “No Regard” Arroyo (3-1) in a welterweight match at the TUF 7 Finale (June 21st; Las Vegas, NV). Brown and Arroyo previously met at an RFC event in November 2006, where Brown won by TKO. At this point, Brown is only the fifth TUF 7 fighter expected to have a spot on the finale card, in addition to the show’s two finalists, and an all-but-confirmed match between Matthew Riddle and Dante Rivera.
— Georges St. Pierre will be in Rio de Janeiro through June 10th, going through a training camp with members of the Gracie Barra Combat Team to hone his jiu-jitsu skills in preparation for his title defense against Jon Fitch at UFC 87. “The black belts have a unquestionable level (of skill) and I am looking to get a better game for my fight,” St. Pierre said.
— “I wanted to show everyone that I can box. People want to see diversity in this sport. I’m not a one-dimensional fighter like people think I am, and I came here with something to prove. I wanted to gain respect back from the fans, first of all. Secondly, I wanted to give the fans something they paid for. People paid a lot of money to come see this fight, so I wanted to hopefully re-establish myself.” — Sean Sherk on his questionable and ultimately ineffective stand-up strategy against BJ Penn at UFC 84.