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Tito Ortiz Says He’ll Be Back by July…Somewhere

In a development that few of you will admit to caring about, Tito Ortiz now says that returning to the UFC is a real possibility, and he’s looking to emerge from his competitive hiatus this summer. As Michael David Smith at AOL MMA FanHouse writes:

[At] last weekend’s Rumble in the Park in Fresno, Ortiz said, “It’s either going to be with the UFC or it’s going to be with Affliction, but guaranteed, you guys will see me fight — no matter what — by July.”

Ortiz also mentioned that he had back surgery last month, which he deemed successful. He also said it was the same surgery that Nate Quarry had, and Quarry was out of action for 15 months after his back surgery. So Ortiz is very optimistic if he thinks he can guarantee that he’ll return just seven months after the surgery.

He’s also optimistic if he thinks Affliction will still be in the MMA business in July. And he’s optimistic if he thinks UFC will still be willing to do business with him. Bottom line, Ortiz is an optimistic guy.

Of course, it could be worse: Ortiz was close to signing a contract with EliteXC. As former EliteXC fighter Jake Shields said, “Good thing he didn’t sign with them. He’d be on eBay.”

Quick timeline, if you haven’t been keeping up…

May 28th: Tito Ortiz definitively states that his decision loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 was his last appearance in the UFC’s Octagon. “Me going to somewhere else is 100% happening,” he says in his usual eloquent style.

August 5th: Ortiz says he’s about to sign a “ground-breaking record contract” with Affliction. But it turned out that he was kind of exaggerating, and by August 21st even Donald Trump Jr. was publicly venting about how outrageous Tito’s demands were.

October 4th: During the doomed broadcast of EliteXC: Heat, Ortiz says he’s about a week away from signing with EliteXC; a little over two weeks later, Pro Elite began circling the drain.

As much as Dana White hates Tito Ortiz, the UFC might be the only organization left that would actually deal with him. Put against the right opponents, he’ll still have a decent amount of drawing power, even though he’s no longer worth as much as he thinks he is. Still, Ortiz should approach a new UFC contract with extreme caution. Because if I was Dana White, there’d be nothing stopping me from signing Ortiz to a three-fight deal — and then making him fight Lyoto Machida all three times.

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tyler- December 5, 2008 at 10:06 pm
Tito Ortiz is the biggest draw in MMA like it or not. We need to see Tito vs. Kimbo Slice or Tito vs. Ken Shamrock IV and maybe after that Tito vs. Babalu!
Jarbean- November 9, 2008 at 2:11 pm
next up for Tito, releasing a "celebrity" sex tape. ugh.
Drunk Kid- November 9, 2008 at 12:43 pm
@ walrus,..

nobody got a laugh out of that.
Massive Forehead- November 9, 2008 at 12:43 pm
Tito Ortiz is like the Paris Hilton in the MMA.

Although you hate him and wish he would just go away, you can't stop looking at him and watching for updates.

I doubt if Dana will ever bring him back. There are a lot of other fighters who do not create the drama Ortiz causes.
the glza- November 9, 2008 at 12:20 pm
tito vs. kimbo would make BANK for ufc... and the winner gets to become fodder for the LHW div. what could possibly be wrong with that?
Jeffro- November 9, 2008 at 11:32 am
On Inside MMA, they had a recent video of him saying that shit. He looked so fat and out of shape. Then he dropped the mic, like a WWE star, thinking he would exit the ring to applause. Nobody applauded.

He is such a diappointment.
Whatevr- November 9, 2008 at 10:55 am
Who Cares about Tito...go get ready for your babys and wake up NO ONE wants you, go put a choke hold on JJ... ,,I,,
Whatevr- November 9, 2008 at 10:55 am
Who Cares about Tito...go get ready for yout babys and wake up NO ONE wants you, go put a choke hold on JJ... ,,I,,
Gunny- November 9, 2008 at 3:07 am
Anderson Silva would beg differ about Americans not liking black foreigners beating up their fighters.

A Kimbo Tito one off would be a joke. If Kimbo didn't knock him out with the first punch (and he wouldn't) he would get destroyed. Plain and simple, Kimbo just isn't an MMA fighter. Never has been and still isn't as much as Bas might try. That fight would be over in less than 3 minutes.
the glza- November 9, 2008 at 2:54 am
i'm with anon and derly -- i'd like to see kimbo honestly go for a stint in some ufc related venue, and signing for a 1 fight contract that could decide his further employment could be good for everyone. between him and tito, though -- kimbo is definitely the greater draw and might have a future (which is more than tito could say) and cheick is not that marketable... americans don't seem to like foreign-talkin' black guys beating up their fighters.

i think a tito/kimbo one-off would be nice, problem is -- kimbo could lose, and in spectacular fashion.

but on the topic, tito has no future in cage fighting. he should go run camps and stfu.
walrus- November 9, 2008 at 2:07 am
@ at Drunk Kid

of course it obvious. You didn't get a laugh, just shut the fuck up.
Marlo Black- November 9, 2008 at 1:10 am
F**k off haters, Tito was a catalyst to putting MMA on the map, ungrateful dicks. Laugh it up, Tito might put Chucky on his back and pound him out. Oh, the irony.
George St. Pierre Says- November 9, 2008 at 12:12 am
Ortiz's ego comes partly from his inflated head. It all began when he first banged Jenna. With the internal friction between his chode and the gaping abyss of an excuse for a vagina caused some spunk stored as stalagmites during Jenna's glory years to fall and hit his meat. Thus causing somewhat of a chemical reaction similiar to herpes but w/o the physical signs of evidence. This caused a severe reaction to which Tito head began swelling beyond logical porportional sizes; causing the ego surges.



*Also wrote George St. Pierre*
George St. Pierre- November 9, 2008 at 12:05 am
If your talking about Tito Ortiz beating Forrest Griffin; Im not impressed by your judgement performance. Tito got a VERY CLOSE decision win off Griffin. Plus Griffin was only a cple months right off T.U.F. So barely getting a decision win off a newcomer whom has become the current UFC belt holder does not have any recognition whatsoever.Ortiz has no ape technique. Im not impressed. Heh he heh
Karmaatemycat- November 8, 2008 at 11:59 pm
Sorry wouldn't mind*
tully- November 8, 2008 at 11:58 pm
i actually really dont care about this, tito isnt going anywhere in ufc's light heavyweight division right now, just a glance at the LH power rankings tells me he would be lucky to win any fights at all in that division right now, let alone contend for the title. i dont think hes really an interesting fighter anymore. his fighting style alone never really was that fun to watch, he just had some good ground and pound. the only things that have really even kept him relative the last few years have been the outrageous things he says, his feud with shamrock, and his feud with dana white and the ufc in general. none of which have anything to do with being a good fighter. its made him a little fun to watch, and gotten him a bit of a following, but not for what he does in the cage. if your choosing the most memorable fights of tito's career its probably a toss-up between getting dropped by lidell twice or beating up an old ken shamrock. unless he does get some signifigant wins in the future, which seems unlikely, he will probably be remembered most for his anti-ufc crusade that went nowhere and dating jenna jameson.
Karmaatemycat- November 8, 2008 at 11:58 pm
I would mind round 3 Lidell -vs- Ortiz come on it'd be funny.
Karmaatemycat- November 8, 2008 at 11:46 pm
The thing is Dana White is a business man and when he see's the chance to turn a buck he will. When it involves the torture of Tito Ortiz you can bet yourself he'll fucking jump at that, I wouldn't mind seeing Ortiz -vs- Evans 2 the first one was a good fight and im sure this time around he gets the shit beat out of him. We all know White is willing to put aside petty differences I mean look at Cpt. America's first fight back, do you think he choose Brock cause Randy asked for it? I don't fucking think so. So you can bet if Tito Ortiz has the ball's to return to the UFC that he's gonna have a Rocky road ahead of him and we all wanna see it so sit back and start stocking up on popcorn now cause this shits gonna be fucking hillarious.
Derly- November 8, 2008 at 11:42 pm
Actually Cheick vs Kimbo rather than Ortiz vs Kimbo. Two heavyweight black dudes who are way too ripped, and love to stand up.
Anonymous- November 8, 2008 at 11:27 pm
ortiz v kimbo for a ufc contract
Drunk kid- November 8, 2008 at 11:25 pm
# walrus Says:
November 9th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

very few updates in the past 2 days

Thank you captain obvious.
walrus- November 8, 2008 at 11:16 pm
very few updates in the past 2 days.
CubicalGangster- November 8, 2008 at 10:52 pm
I have to admit i was curious to know where he'd end up, especially after the Elite XC debacle. I guarantee Dana does just that. Except i feel like he'll pin Ortiz against Chuck Liddell, giving the winner a well needed comeback and who the fuck wouldnt want to see Chuck A- win and B- beat Tito's ass again.
MMA FAN- November 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm
you really want to see tito vs Asilva.....?
i cant wait to see couture beat the shit out of lesnar, gsp beat bj penn and then watch a true super fight " GSP vs Anderson Silva" that would be as big as fedor vs nog was
Dex- November 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm
Tito's next fight for money is going to be over child support in court when Jenna leaves him.
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