Ortiz Signs Big Contract With Affliction

Affliction has a news conference scheduled, perhaps as early as Wednesday – according to Arash Markazi of SI.com – to announce that former UFC fighter Tito Ortiz will sign a “ground-breaking” deal with the promotion; Ortiz confirmed the signing, stating,

“I guarantee you that my contract will be like no other.  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.”

Ortiz, who met with Donald Trump to finalize the deal on Tuesday (today), is expected to attend the news conference where his first opponent is expected to be Renato Sobral.  This development shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given the friendship that Ortiz and Trump have cultivated since Ortiz’ appearance on the NBC reality show The Celebrity Apprentice; Trump had also mentioned last month about the possibility of Ortiz joining Affliction in a conference call with reporters. 

The deal in question was structured in such a way that even the UFC couldn’t match it – although they have every right to do so.  However, UFC president Dana White put that to rest when he said there wouldn’t be a bidding war and he wouldn’t match an offer if Ortiz was offered $30 a fight.  Ortiz summarized the deal this way,

“Mr. Trump sees it as a business and no more than that.  He understands that and there’s nothing personal to it at all and that’s what the UFC has problem with. The UFC takes the work they do very, very personal and in any business once you let your personal feelings get involved with it everything goes to [crap]. Mr. Trump is a strict businessman who respects the fighters. This is going to be one of the biggest losses [the UFC] has ever had to date and one of the worst mistakes they’ve ever made.”

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2 Responses to “Ortiz Signs Big Contract With Affliction”

  1. […] Ortiz, who met with Donald Trump to finalize the deal on Tuesday (today), is expected to attend the news conference where his first opponent is expected to be Renato Sobral. This development shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, … Source: Ortiz Signs Big Contract With Affliction […]

  2. […] conference, but also that he had not been signed by the promotion – which is contradictory to what I posted here earlier today about Ortiz’s signing being announced at this same news conference.  Legal counsel for Affliction Entertainment said on Wednesday that Ortiz’ signing was only […]

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