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I don’t think he’s coming back, guys.

There’s a lot of people out there who think that Tito Ortiz is just playing around with all his negative talk towards Dana White and about leaving the UFC. They say “Oh, he’s just setting himself up to get paid more when negotiations start.” And while I agree that’s not a bad tactic – the whole “You want me more than I want you” thing – I don’t think that’s what he’s up to.

It’s one thing to make it known that you’re seriously considering your options and another to consistantly say “I’m never going to work with these people again.” You’re also hearing a lot of ‘respect’ talk, which means that no matter how many zeros are in the UFC’s offer, they may not be enough.

I’ve been saying it for a while: Dana White has really been playing a dangerous game by shitting on Tito and his girlfriend. The only rationalization I can think of for this behavior is that Dana thinks Tito Ortiz would be more of an expense than an asset for whoever else he signs with. What Dana doesn’t realize is that Tito thinks of himself more as a businessman now than a fighter. While with the UFC, that just meant grubbing as much money from the organization as possible. But with another organization…

Consider this: Tito Ortiz signs with EliteXC for X amount per fight, plus a stake in the company. All of a sudden you’ve got a Tito Ortiz that’s just as interested in the health of the promotion he’s fighting for as for his own interests, because now they’re intertwined. Add in the extra incentive of getting to go head to head with the UFC and competing with Dana White, and I think you’re going to see a very different Tito Ortiz.

  • Lifer says:

    He got fired by the Don though.. Not sure about his level of business acumen. I think we’re more likely to see a Tito/Jenna porno than to see him resign with the UFC. Speaking of which it wouldn’t be a bad cash grab if Tito actually has a decent penis and Jenna had that botched vaginoplasty re.. revaginoplasted.

  • Accomando says:

    “…“I’m never going to work with these people again.”…”

    He’s said that before and gone back on it.

    Tito sucks, the game has passed him. Tito is a broken down old piece of shit who will have injuries plagueing him for the rest of his career and we will have to listen to the excuses….”oh, my back was hurt” “oh, my knee was killing me” “oh, my vagina was bleeding all ove me”… ect. ect.

  • Tertio says:

    They passed the point of no return. Tito will not re-sign with the UFC. Shaw is the kind of guy who will suck tito’s penis as good as Jenna and make him feel welcome in Elite XXXC.

  • godzillad says:

    This exact same stunt was pulled in 2003 and 2005.

    ”’Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times…..fuck, I must have some sort of learning disability.”’

    Expect Tito to get Chuck-sized moneis in his new contract.

  • Teufel says:

    Tito would be better off going to a smaller promotion where the LHW competition is lesser. He’s not likely to become LHW champ in the UFC again, the division is stacked and Tito’s limited skillset has been exposed in recent fights.

    Let’s face it, this isn’t about a “lack of respect” this is about Tito wanting more money. UFC isn’t going to give him a million dollars a fight to barely survive decisions against then untested TUF fighters. He’s still got drawing power (for whatever reason) so he’s better off using that to his advantage elsewhere.

    If Tito somehow doesn’t get a mega deal from another promotion, you should expect a “Tito loves Jenna” sex tape to be revealed and you guys can spend more time talking about Tito’s purple-headed mushroom and less about Chuck Liddell’s freckled pecker.

  • Atom says:

    I think a produced Jennito porno would have come out by now if it was going to. We’ve probably moved into leaked-sex-tape territory at this point.

  • operator says:

    If he goes to exc and starts talking about how happy he is there it could be a snowball effect with more fighters following. Dana better get hios shit together and start kissing some Arlovski ass or Koschek ass. Exc will cash in on years of investment in their names much like Dana did with Brock Lesnar.