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Tito Ortiz Took a ‘Big, Big, Big Pay Cut’ to Fight Ryan Bader at UFC 132


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Tito Ortiz‘s matchup with Ryan Bader at UFC 132 this Saturday didn’t come without a price. When the Huntington Beach Bad Boy begged for another fight following his loss to Matt Hamill last October, the UFC eventually gave in, but not under the same terms of his former contract. As Ortiz explained to Ariel Helwani:

I guess it was negotiation on their part of paying me less. And I took it. I want to compete. And that shows how much I want to compete, to take a big, big, big pay cut. It is what it is, man, I’m gonna fight my ass off on Saturday night and I get my contract back, and I’ll be fighting some more.”

For reference, Ortiz earned a $250,000 salary for his last two losses against Hamill and Forrest Griffin, and $210,000 for his previous three fights against Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Chuck Liddell; those figures don’t include points on the pay-per-view revenue that may have also been included in his contract. Early next week, we should have a clearer sense of just how “big, big, big” that pay cut was.

Ortiz also discussed the full-frontal Twitter photo that was allegedly sent from his phone by a hacker earlier this month. Here’s how it went down, to Ortiz’s best understanding…

Someone got on my damn phone and put a nekkid picture of me…FBI called me, we talked, we tried to find it out, what it was, I was at a Starbucks and I left my phone down, and I left it there and totally forgot, came back, and it was at a different table, and what can you do, man…I guess it was one of those pictures that I probably shouldn’t have sent to Jenna before, and left it on my phone, I probably should have erased it. I guess I could uphold it and be proud of it. I hope I didn’t offend anybody. But at the same time, personal life won’t be on Twitter ever again.”

According to our sources, there was an unexplained 11-minute gap in the security camera footage at the Starbucks in question that matches up with the time Ortiz spent taking a dump in the bathroom. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of this vast conspiracy.

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Jason Statham- September 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm
i don't believe this , this is such a joke.
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mckwadrat- June 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Tito Ortiz can fight in Kazakhstan against Borat's brother - Bilo.
Tito's wife is a slut and her vagina hangs like a sleeve of wizard.
Ortiz can eat shit.
CRIMEFIGHTER- June 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm
80k to show
Seoul Brother- June 30, 2011 at 11:00 am
If Tito took his phone into the bathroom and filmed his epic 11-minute ass jam session, he could have made a few bucks on the German shit porn market.
rogerw- June 30, 2011 at 10:59 am
1) <- not a Tito fan
2) Still sad to see a legend (which he is) spend his latter days as a punching bag. Despite him being an enormous idiot, I can't enjoy watching him get beaten up.
3) He deserves every fucking dollar he gets, the UFC wouldn't be what it is now without him.
intercept440- June 30, 2011 at 10:45 am
as much as i hate that Ginoumously headed subhuman, i would love to see him beat bader.. i mean he hasnt won in years, but even his last fights were of very solid competition, i mean he isnt getting stanky legged every fight. and a win for him would actually be good for the ufc, lets face it for some reason lots of fans still like tito , as odd as that last bit seems. he is a ppv draw for the casual fan because he is a name that they know . i think bader is going to send him to retirment, but im actually hoping he will pull out a win solidly plus think about how much it would piss of DW also if he did win.

i could just picture dana yelling at people constantly saying mutherfucker and cunt
grinch_20- June 30, 2011 at 10:08 am
I have punishment shirt and shorts WAR TITO
BONGTAR- June 30, 2011 at 9:53 am
Who takes a shit at Starbucks?
ccman- June 30, 2011 at 8:37 am
oh i do not think Tito is set for life, seriously, who here owns a punkshment shirt?
He has been living off peoople buying pictures of his ex's uterus for years.
Machiavelli- June 30, 2011 at 8:37 am
Wait a second, Tito takes an 11 minute "dump" without his phone?! What was he doing to pass the time if he didn't have his phone, we all know he can't read. I bet he was in there punching the clown... I mean beating off
Clyde- June 30, 2011 at 8:29 am
@Kuncklesammich: I don't know if it's what Tito will blame the loss on, but I do expect that he'll find out he has a concussion and a torn sphincter after the fight.

I think he'll be down to about 50k to show, another 50 to win but I wouldn't be thinking that's money in the bank.

Also, who leaves their phone unattended anywhere but their own house? My phone's woth about as much as the change in your couch at best and it doesn't have any photos of my cock on it, but I still wouldn't just leave it lying about. They make them small enough to fit in your pocket for a reason dumbass.
k-onda- June 30, 2011 at 8:21 am
This ass hat is fucking hilarious! Not in the good Sonnen, Warmachine, Diaz way though, so fuck him.
This clown hasn't had to think about money for years now - thinking about fighting, now that seems to have escaped him, kinda like his phone.
Oh, and Twitter wouldn't even exist if dip wads like this didn't keep putting their personal lives on there.
knucklesamitch- June 30, 2011 at 7:43 am
here's my theory. Ashton Kutcher follows Tito around until he leaves his phone unattended, tweets out the photo, gets Tito's number from the phone, and then calls him posing as the FBI. Tito's being punk'd. DAMN YOU ASHTON, that one's elaborate.
NotReadyStatus- June 30, 2011 at 7:35 am
The FBI are involved for a dick pic? Holy shit!
Viva Hate- June 30, 2011 at 7:32 am
@Rex,
Dammit, I am fed up with those bastards at the UFC screwing over fighters. Think of all the work Tito has put in for the org, he has busted his behind, acted like a model citizen,he has never tried to fight the boss, he has never acted like a jackass or disrespected other fighters. This man fought with a broken skull dammit! And the UFC shows him no love! Don't they know he has a cell phone bill to pay so he can send pictures of his donkey to his whore porn star ex and all of twitter! Damn those UFC bastards!!!!! Pay up!!!
Fried Taco- June 30, 2011 at 7:22 am
Because the FBI has been tapping Tito's cell phone for awhile now.
DangadaDang- June 30, 2011 at 7:14 am
The photo is actually of Tito taking a deuce...I took it. BRING IT ON FBI!!
Morningwood- June 30, 2011 at 7:13 am
so he sent a picture of his own nekked self to Jenna? Because he thinks she needs to see more dicks in her day, WTF? AND, someone grab his phone, and found a nekked picture of him on it and tweeted it. Then they put his phone back down on a table??? Why wouldn't they have kept the phone and made crank calls with it? I suppose in Tito large head and small mind this sounds plausible, but I ain't buying it. He tweeted it for attention and to create a buzz before his fight.
jimbonics- June 30, 2011 at 7:08 am
I almost want to see Tito win so he can go apeshit in the post interview with Rogan, talking about heart, overcoming personal obstacles and such.
 
And thanking the troops.
knucklesamitch- June 30, 2011 at 7:03 am
Bader is going to smash this fucking guy. Anyone want to speculate on what injury Tito is going to blame the loss on?
Get Off Me- June 30, 2011 at 6:59 am
@Joedirt
It's retroactive pay for when he was crying about Dana not paying him for all the big fights he had earlier on in the UFC.
Still not worth it though.
Joedirt- June 30, 2011 at 6:43 am
I don't understand why they payed him that much for his last 3 fight contract. The three fights leading up to that contract would have been 1-1-1. Hardly worth offering that money.
FrontKick Dentist- June 30, 2011 at 6:35 am
If his shits are as big as his head he must have destroyed that toilet.
Get Off Me- June 30, 2011 at 6:21 am
15k to show with a 15k win bonus. It's hard to really speculate what his pay would be simply because the UFC does not sign fighters who have not won in almost 5 years.
I have an odd feeling now, Tito will lose this fight and be cut afterwards, it's kinda like the crazy girlfriend break up feeling.
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