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Tito Ortiz Signs “Ground-Breaking Record” Affliction Contract

(“Yaaaaaaaay!” Photo courtesy of MMA Mania.)

According to, Tito Ortiz signed a deal with Affliction yesterday that will make him the highest paid fighter in MMA history, and will compete at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” card (October 11th, Las Vegas); his opponent is expected to be Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Though he wouldn’t drop specific numbers, Ortiz told SI’s Arash Markazi:

“I guarantee you that my contract will be like no other…It will be a ground-breaking record contract for sure, without a doubt. There’s so much money to be made right now in mixed martial arts and it’s all about the fighters trying to make that money. It’s going to be a long-term deal where I put my heart and soul into the company and help build them…They’re going to bring me on, not just as a fighter but also doing some of the back work also…

I’m going to a company that’s going to take care of me, a company that’s going to respect me, a company that’s going to put me in the forefront and make me the ambassador that I’ve always been.”

Regarding Affliction’s drawing power with him on board, Ortiz was optimistic — perhaps insanely so:

“I know they want to make some money and I know they got over 100,000 pay-per-view buys on their first show and with me it’s guaranteed to be over 500,000 pay-per-view buys just by the number of fans that are going to follow me no matter where I go so they’re going to get there money’s worth just in pay-per-view no matter what.”

As we suggested earlier, an Affliction card headlined by Tito would strongly outperform an Affliction card headlined by Fedor, but without the dependable draw of the UFC brand, the pay-per-view ceiling for “Day of Reckoning” might be closer to 200,000 buys than 500,000. Especially since he’ll be facing the relatively unpopular Renato “Babalu” Sobral, rather than his old rivals like Ken Shamrock or Chuck Liddell. Donald Trump and Tom Atencio may be overestimating Ortiz’s worth just a bit, especially if they really have promised him an obscene amount of money. But bigger matchups for the HBBB are likely for the future. Said Tito:

“I know Frank Shamrock is another person who’s been opening up his mouth. He beat me the last time we fought and I think that would be a great revenge fight where I kick his ass and finally shut him up. As time goes we’ll see who Affliction signs besides me. I don’t know. I might even go up to heavyweight if the bigger pay days are there.”

Affliction is expected to hold a press conference today to announce their signing of Ortiz. If any more juicy details are released, we’ll let you know.

Related: Jenna Jameson might be pregnant.

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Who Cares- August 5, 2008 at 10:40 pm
I think Machida is nothing but overrated hype and he wiped the fucking mat with Tito. So i don't have much faith in Tito still having alot left in his tank. Funny thing is though i fucking hate Babalu so hopefully they break eachothers knee caps in their fight.

But i am sad they are going to throw all this money at Tito so many more younger and better fighters out there.
tallsforeverybody- August 5, 2008 at 9:49 pm
Tito was good in an era when there weren't many skilled fighters. His "win" over Forrest was his last legitmate win in years.

His early fight gnp is impressive, but this guy is as one dimensional as they come.

500,000 PPV? Really? Over 10 cards...maybe.

Good luck Affliction, I gave you one make that 1 more card.
IMO- August 5, 2008 at 9:31 pm
WAR TITO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark's Right- August 5, 2008 at 8:55 pm
This reminds me of a great video on youtube about how much of an idiot tito is.. and some funny quotes

Spartan- August 5, 2008 at 8:02 pm
It just shows he is still a little chump. Calling out another Shamrock.... he goes for the weak so he can't face his demise like in the UFC.... adding him to the roster of fighters will just bring the association down. Tito "was" a good fighter now he is just washed up. Might aswell put Jenna in and have her fight atleast her excessive "lips" will do more damage.
Fedor Emelianenko DVD - MMA instructional- August 5, 2008 at 7:18 pm
Pity that Tito has grown into a delusional narcissistic megalomaniac with delusions grandeur. Hopefully he gets a grip of reality somewhere down the line of his lackluster losses and gets back to hard work to become Tito of old.
greg- August 5, 2008 at 7:12 pm
tito ortiz was good in his day, now he's light years behind the top guys. what a wiener.
Shady- August 5, 2008 at 6:47 pm
I wonder how the other Affliction fighters are feeling about this. First, they are asked to take 1/2 as much money for their next fight as they made on the first. Then there's the business of Affliction spending $500,000 of its own money to buy tickets to its own show, all tickets going on sale for $39 the day of the show and god only know's what the true PPV buys were. Now to add insult to injury they're siging Tito to a record breaking contract. As if finding out that they paid Tim "the manbitch" Sylvia $800,000 wasn't degrading enough to the rest of the fighters on the card, now this.
axhed- August 5, 2008 at 6:44 pm
please please get him up to 225 and feed the huntington beach tomato can to fedor.
huh?- August 5, 2008 at 6:10 pm
Nobody else thinks that Tito talking about kicking Frank Shamrock's ass is laughable? I don't know why Tito is a legend in mma, but he is. Frank, on the other hand, is a true legend, and a true champion. Instead of spending the last few years bitching and whining, Frank has kept on competing with, as top level competition, as he could find. Unlike his has been/ never was brother, Frank is actually legendary for a reason. He is like a Bas Rutten, that hasen't retired, and has only improved.
Aaron- August 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm
I agree with Poopiestick (did I really just type that?). Tito is helping all of the fighters make more money by being his greedy, arrogant self. He is right too. He is going to increase PPV numbers dramatically. He is a marketing machine. I hope he can back up all of his hype in the ring. Apollo Creed says he is missing the eye of the tiger he used to have.
Poopiestick- August 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm
Good for Tito. All fighters will make much more money because of him. And the UFC will begin their media gestapo against him soon. Since Affliction is their number one competitor and Tito is the reason Dana will be raising fighters salaries --Costing him millions-- very shortly. Don't let Forrest tell you this, but he secretly loves all this. It's going to make him a much higher paid athlete.
Boneman- August 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm
Do you realy want 500,00 PPV's...?

Take Tito to Tijuana, get him stacked on Sustenon 250 & Dianabol...

After a good 3 month cycle of the Juice, he will be a trim legitimate Heavyweight...!

Now get his ass in the cage with KIMBO (Joint Elite/Affliction event) and maybe one of them will put an end to the others career!

We would all love to see that!
Jburg- August 5, 2008 at 2:25 pm
I can guarantee that if they really are signing Tito for a "Ground-Breaking Record" deal that it is because they know his big mouth will brag about it. And when you get Tito bragging about a huge amount of money he is getting paid then other fighters in the UFC who are much better and more deserving of huge amounts of money will get upset and possibly move to Affliction or force the UFC to up their paychecks. It's really a genius move by Affliction and I hope it pays off.
BoberBill- August 5, 2008 at 1:31 pm
Wow 500k PPV buys, what happens when Babalu beats you Tito? In your new vision of "MMA" you are only as good as your wins and you better hope Affliction keeps you around after your upcoming EPIC FAIL. Can't wait to read these quotes again after Affliction files for Chapter 13.
@ shitwhistle... everyone knows that Jenna had a botched vag surgery and now it's sideways... problem solved!
Markdog- August 5, 2008 at 1:27 pm
I would have definitely banged Jenna a few times, but not made her my chick!

Markdog- August 5, 2008 at 1:21 pm
I will not order any Affliction PPV's, but I just may download them!

P2P 4Life*
BJS- August 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm
Hmm, the guy is sleeping with the hottest adult film star of our time and making millions in a sport that the majority are underpaid and struggling and your calling him an idiot, thats funny.
steve- August 5, 2008 at 1:13 pm
as much as I don't like him, I gotta give him credit. He sure as hell knows how to market himself. His last wins were against Ken Shamrock 2 years ago. Why would they invest so heavily in him if he can't win? Sure he can draw, but why not spend those big bucks and try to lure away someone from the ufc that can win & draw?

Then again, spending $800k on Tim Sylvia doesn't really indicate any level of common sense on their part. It was nice knowing you, Affliction.
omoplata- August 5, 2008 at 1:10 pm
500,000 PPV buys?! Come on now. I know he has a big head (pun intended) but maybe he is going the way of one too many punches to that thing.
mayhem420- August 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm
Tito will be the death of Affliction.... wait for it, its comming....
Markdog- August 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm
This "boy" is just worried about making money and not about fighting top competitors. This is exactly what sets him apart from top contenders, or real fighters. Tito should switch to a more compatible sport for his ideals-like boxing. This is the kind of crap Winky is talking about. I understand money is important, but more important than being a top contender; because he is already rich?
Armbutt- August 5, 2008 at 12:47 pm
Did UFC 84 pull in over 500,000 buys? Tito was on that card, also BJ Penn, Sean Sherk and Wanderlei; all of whom pull in a good amount of buys themselves. Tito is deluded and so is Affliction if they think that he can provide them those kind of numbers.
Plain old Kevin- August 5, 2008 at 12:22 pm
Tito can be annoying at times. There should be no doubt that he helped make MMA very popular. He probably gets a percentage of the PPVs and shit so thats why the pay could be considerable. Hate him or love him... people will watch him. I gained more respect for him when I saw him on the apprentice, even though I cannot watch that show very much. He also does a great interview when he is only talking about MMA and not his fights. Babalu is one of the few with the style that Tito can actually beat so I hope he does so for Affliction.
Scott Tolson- August 5, 2008 at 12:21 pm
What happens when Babalu beats him? Tito hasn't looked good in a long time so he better focus on getting better or he'll take Affliction down with him.