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Tito Ortiz vs. ‘Babalu’ Likely for Affliction 2

Considering how “special” Donald Trump thinks Tito Ortiz is, this moment was inevitable: Steve Cofield is reporting that Affliction’s second event (October 11th, Las Vegas) will feature a co-headlining bout between Tito Ortiz and Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Though a 60-day non-compete clause in Ortiz’s UFC contract has prevented Affliction from dealing with the HBBB to this point, Ortiz will soon be free to re-launch his career with another fight club, and Affliction VP Tom Atencio is expected to drop the news at a press conference on August 6th.

According to Cofield, “Atencio said the biggest stumbling block for an Ortiz deal would be the financial terms.” Which is especially true given Affliction’s already-loose purse-strings — if Tim Sylvia is worth $800k, and Fedor Emelianenko is worth who knows how much, Ortiz may demand $2 million or more to face Sobral, being that he’s a proven PPV draw.

As for Babalu, he really wants the Tito fight. Oh God does he want it. As he told Tatame, “I want Tito Ortiz. I’m going after that motherfucker, I’ll fuck him (laughs).” Man, those Brazilians — always with the fucking.

Related: Check out this new MMA Rated interview with Tito Ortiz, where Ortiz talks about his future prospects, trashes Dana White some more, discusses his loss to Lyoto Machida, and refers to himself in the third person like 50 goddamned times.

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Miles Mcpherson- August 6, 2008 at 8:22 pm
Tito needs Jesus.
Galo Vasquez- August 6, 2008 at 8:17 pm
I think Tito is way cool! he is a proven FIGHTER.. he deserves atleast 50 cents...
Kerouac- July 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm
Tito is a mouthy pain in the ass, but that doesnt mean he's always wrong. And frankly, he's right about the UFC - they dont pay their fighters enough. When you're drawing 800,000 ppv buys at $44.95 per and your MAIN EVENT fighter makes $300,000 it simply doesn't add up.
poopieskins- July 28, 2008 at 7:32 pm
Tito is mouthy, but a great fighter. The reason Dana hates him is that Tito makes Dana's life more expensive. Current UFC fighters are making more directly because of Tito. They should thank him.
javiG- July 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm
Babalu is my favorite fighter and I hope he crushes Tito.
Plain old Kevin is a fag- July 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm
tito will not beat babalu
Fedor Emelianenko MMA instructional- July 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm
Babalu will destroy Tito.
ADW- July 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm
I used to be a big Tito Fan but now I can't stand him. I hope Babalu whoops his ass. If Tito starts winning fights and backing up his big mouth than maybe I could regain a little bit of respect for him.
Plain old Kevin- July 28, 2008 at 1:02 pm
I want to hate him, but I find myself rooting for him. I went a little crazy when he got the triangle on Machida. Babalu is a good match for Ortiz. He will beat Babalu.
NealTaflinger- July 28, 2008 at 12:55 pm
I appreciate that Tito "speaks his own words." I appreciate it even more when he says his fight with Machida was a "point karate match" and that he ran the whole time....then hit him several times, took him down, knocked him down...but was running the whole time.
Dana White- July 28, 2008 at 12:30 pm
Tito will be the downfall of Affliction you watch!!!!
Jeff- July 28, 2008 at 12:08 pm
Damn, and I was just starting to like it without Tito around.
fightfan- July 28, 2008 at 12:01 pm
I would much rather see him fight a healthy, well prepared Vitor Belfort. But anyhow...... If Tim Sylvia was able to get $800,000, then Tito will probably not fight for anything less than a million, probably closer to 1.5 mil.

With a cut of the PPV and bonunses, Tito probably made between $500-$750 per fight, if not closer to a million. So you know Tito WILL not fight for anything less than 1-1.5 million, and maybe even more