That’s what Steve Cofield from the Yahoo MMA Experts blog is saying:
Sources have told Yahoo! Sports that free agent Tito Ortiz will fight Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the co-main event at Affliction’s next fight card, on Oct. 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas. The main event will feature a heavyweight bout between WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski.
Affliction vice president Tom Atencio would not confirm the Ortiz-Babalu fight. He said details for the fight card will be released during an Aug. 6 news conference that most likely will be held in Las Vegas.
On one hand, I’m saying “Wow, that’s another really big coup for Affliction.” On the other hand, I’m saying “That’s another really big expense for Affliction.” You can’t help but wonder if their plan now is to try and dig their way out of debt, which might be bad for them since you can’t really dig upwards. Unless you have a rocket shovel, but while Affliction seems to have all the hot free agents out there, I doubt they have one of those.
The good thing about Tito Ortiz is that he’ll justify his price tag – at least in the way that he’ll draw a shitload of casual fans to the event. This is unlike Tim Sylvia, who didn’t justify his 800k pricetag in draw or ability at the first show. Oh, and he’s saying he’ll be back for the second show as well, but let’s hope for our sake and the sake of Affliction’s bottom line that he’s not.
I can also see Tito agreeing to this fight at a reasonable price. Affliction is now the posse to be a part of if you wanna piss Dana White off, and according to a few semi-reliable sources out there, I hear Tito and Dana MIGHT not get along very well. Allegedly. Also, you’d get the feeling that Tito probably thinks he can beat Babalu handily. I’m not saying that’s actually the case in reality. But as far as what’s going on in Tito’s gigantic ever-expanding melon, it wouldn’t surprise me.