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UFC still has Tito by the balls

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the UFC’s evil business practices … mainly because it’s old hat and to be expected. So is it any surprise that the UFC is taking full advantage of it’s contractual ability to keep Tito Ortiz in limbo? Nah, not really. Here’s Dana White talking about it:

I read recently that Tito supposedly is negotiating with UFC again. If that’s the case, how did that come about?

As part of his contract, he goes out and … I don’t know, something to do with his contract, but he’s still got his foot in the door with his contract. As part of our business practice in this crazy world these days, we — let me think how I can word this to you.

Take your time.

Yeah, probably going to have to.

I always say, we make this thing look a lot easier than it really is, and we’re definitely not going to make it easy for anybody else. We’re going to make things tough for other people.

It sounds like you’re saying basically you have certain negotiation rights with Tito.

Yup, and I’m going take them.

I’d be very interested in knowing what clauses are currently in effect right now. We know that the period for exclusive bargaining with the UFC is over, so my fuzzy logic would imply that we’re at the stage where the UFC has the right to match any offer Tito gets. That’s a big assumption, but one that fits the pattern of many standard sports contracts.

Could this be why Tito has been floating such retarded numbers to all the other promotions? If he puts in an a reasonable request that’s then accepted by Affliction, the UFC would then have the right to match that offer and drag him right back into the UFC.

Again, this scenario requires you to believe that the UFC has the right to match any offer Tito accepts and more importantly the prospect that perhaps Tito isn’t as big of a retard as he seems to be at times. Big leaps of faith, there. But I just figured I’d throw out the idea and see what you guys thought.

(props to Bloody Elbow for finding the article)