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Videos: Gauging Interest in Affliction, Tito Ortiz Speaks Without Thinking

It’s not exactly a scientific study, but MMA Rated’s Ariel Helwani took to the hotel lobby of the MGM Grand to assess interest among MMA fans regarding the July 19 Affliction show. He seems…less than optimistic. Again, we have to ask ourselves what success would look like for Affliction, whether it’s pay-per-view buys, ticket sales, or t-shirt revenue. There’s also the possibility that they’ll ramp up their advertising effort now that they have Trump money backing them.

In another video offering, Tito Ortiz talks with and manages to overstate his own importance to the world of MMA. Shocking. He also fields an awkward question about who taps out first in bed between he and Jenna. He’s a good sport about it, but it’s still weird.

Plus, we all know Jenna doesn’t tap. She’s been through some wars.


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C-Bus Allstar- June 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm
I actually wouldn't mind watching Randy kick Tito's ass. Tito even suggested his possible move up to heavyweight, so who knows, it could happen.

Tito Vs. Kimbo?


Kimbo would get dominated.
Netterbog- June 11, 2008 at 3:05 pm
Fedor alone (not fighting a tomato can this time), should probably be enough to draw at least 100,000 buys.

And if the trailer is to be believed, then Affliction promised action akin to Mike Whitehead busting glass with his forehead, and Arlovski beating the holy crap out of fire! That spectacle should probably draw another 100,000 buys.

Add up the 50,000 posers who will buy the fight just to prove to their buddies that they know who "Hizzo" and Josh Barnett are. Plus the 50,000 ladies Babalu claims he's loved....not to mention the 100,000 of us who were tricked into pre-ordering it when we heard that Belfort was coming back (but, oh yeah, won't be on the card)...

Sprinkle another 50,000 to 100,000 buys on for those anti-UFC "fans" who can't stomach the idea of UFC-huntin' hats on sale at Walmart...and Affliction just might hit the half-million mark!

I was initially worried that putting Minotoro on the FSN show would reduce buys, but methinks that grizzled battle should only whet the public's appetite for more, anti-ufc action! I bet they show Randy >30 times during both broadcasts...could be a fun drinking game!, I should totally be a business guy. Those projections are rock solid!

@ Bundy: I think you're spot on. This card is stacked. Too bad I don't see them going anywhere from here (unless they get Randy, Tito and some other UFC dissenters, stat!).
Bundy- June 11, 2008 at 1:14 pm
That affliction card is gonna be awesome! My only question is, where do they go from there? I bet it's impossible to choke jenna out. You would think Tito would be able to pull down a younger hotter porn star.
Mark James- June 11, 2008 at 11:11 am
Cant remember last time UFC had a line up like this.....
mistassmo- June 11, 2008 at 9:10 am
This affliction card will be the tits
Jeff- June 11, 2008 at 2:51 am

Lol @ Tito, what a fucking tool!

hexdizzle- June 11, 2008 at 1:51 am
Shady, you speak truth. Tapout has almost become main stream and all the fad followers are wearing that stuff. Good for Tapout for breaking into the main stream. I just hate it when people buy and sport stuff they know nothing about.
Okay, as far as the Affliction Show I think Ariel is about to be proven Wrong. There has to be more than just 40 or 50 thousand hard core followers of MMA that will buy this pay-per view.
I know I'm going to buy it, not because of the Affliction brand but because of the top notch fighters that they have acquired to fight at this show. Even if someone one is only a "UFC" fan of MMA they would have no doubt heard of most of the fighters on the top billing of this card. Anyone who is even mildly into the UFC would have heard of Tim Silvia and Andre Arlovski. These two fighters were heavily promoted by the UFC. Finally, for all of us truly hard core MMA fans that wake up and run to the computer or continuously peek at "Cagepotato" during work hours just to read the latest news on our favorite sport will no doubt cough up the dough to watch this. Heck I'm waiting with a throbbing wood for this show.!! Can anybody feel me? Yeah , I know you can. MMA RULES!!
shitwhistle- June 11, 2008 at 1:25 am
Jenna's snatch must look like two pounds of chipped ham in a one pound bag. Damn. He's had to have watched some of her movies... didn't he see what all those people have done to that poor thing?
KneeToTheFace- June 11, 2008 at 1:17 am
I'd venture to say that it will get between 75,000 - 125,000. They've done some marketing and I think it will show (as in more than 50,000). But on the other side of things you have to realize that it will be some time before they have drawing power equivalent to that of the UFC brand. Anything upwards of 100,000 is being generous, and "300,00-600,000" is just blind optimism.
Anonymous- June 11, 2008 at 12:51 am
did they find the dumbest people possibleto ask those questions, what about that fat bastard that says most are ufc fans and not mma fans, speak for yourself tubby, the affliction card looks bad ass, too bad the fights will be in a ring, mma belongs in a cage
Jenna's Moldy Fuckpouch- June 11, 2008 at 12:42 am
I have Tito so fuckin whipped. Any time he talks back to me, I shove his whole enormous noggin inside my stretched leather vag bag. He is the Huntington Beach Fag Boy.
Shady- June 11, 2008 at 12:08 am
Oh, and I love the guy in the Tapout shirt from the mmarated .com video that basically knew nothing about MMA. Who would have thunk it? An idiot poser in a Tapout shirt, go figure. I don't have anything against Tapout, I just find it funny that so many guys wearing their clothes are fucking lame pieces of shit.
Shady- June 11, 2008 at 12:02 am
So, Tito wants another title belt. Don't you actually have to win a fight or two before that happens? Last time I looked Tito's been on a long losing streak.
lolwut- June 10, 2008 at 11:42 pm
Tito is a bitch! I would need a referee to stop me from pounding that shit preferably Herb Dean because he usually calls late stoppages and as we all know theres nothing worse than getting stopped before your ready to get out.
bozro- June 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm
tito is such a dumbshit, his mma career is over, machida sealed the deal. i can smell jameson's skank pussy from here