So today we know for sure what we pretty much knew to be true a few days ago: Tito Ortiz will be leaving the UFC and fighting for Affliction. This would be good for the company if it didn’t sound like they bent over and took 50 inches of dick from the Huntington Beach Bad Boy:
Tito Ortiz believes he is in line to become the highest paid MMA fighter in history when a “ground-breaking” deal between the free-agent fighter and Affliction is announced as early as Wednesday during a press conference for Affliction’s next card, which will be held Oct. 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
“I guarantee you that my contract will be like no other,” said Ortiz, who wouldn’t reveal the specifics of the proposed deal but was still fielding calls from rival promotions EliteXC and the American Fight League on Tuesday. “It will be a ground-breaking record contract for sure, without a doubt. There’s so much money to be made right now in mixed martial arts and it’s all about the fighters trying to make that money. It’s going to be a long-term deal where I put my heart and soul into the company and help build them. That’s something I’m interested in doing. They’re going to bring me on, not just as a fighter but also doing some of the back work also.”
If Affliction was smart, they’d have lured Tito in with promises that didn’t involve retarded sums of dead presidents. You know the guy fancies himself as a business man, so let him have a stake in your company. You know he’s all about his clothing line, so promise to help take it to the next level. The dude thinks he’s the biggest draw in MMA, so structure his pay above 200,000 pay per view buys.
I really hope this is what they did, because that would make Tito’s signing a good thing for Affliction. But if they’re just throwing money at him to lock him up, that’s bad. You can throw money at pretty much any problem except the problem of having no more money, and that seems to be where the Affliction ship is eventually headed.
Tito Ortiz is without a doubt a great draw, better than Fedor times Sylvia with an Arlovski thrown in for good measure. But he’s talking about helping Affliction break 500,000 pay per views, which is insanity. Who knows what the Affliction guys are thinking, but they’ve been shown to be living in a numeric lala land as well.
This booking has the potential of saving or ruining Affliction, all depending on how they managed the whole situation. I’d really like for them to stick around … someone needs to feature the misfits that the UFC refuses to deal with. But the way they seem to keep blowing the bank time after time worries me to no end. The day I saw the CSAC report listing Tim Sylvia as making 800k, I thought “Oh well, these guys are fucked.” Now Tito Ortiz is parading around the idea of a massive contract the likes of which we have never seen. So did Affliction just save their company or is this another expensive nail in the skull and fleur-de-lys encrusted coffin?