Well, if it were up to Zuffa, then yeah, Tito Ortiz and Frank Shamrock fighting in the UFC was all just an illusion. As Tito talks about in the video above, he’s in Vegas, but he’s not allowed to attend UFC 100 or the UFC Fan Expo, and Sherdog has a whole article on how Frank Shamrock has basically been banished from the organization. MMA Fanhouse sums up a few media members’ thoughts on the situation.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer and Yahoo writes, “It’s so petty that they didn’t even allow fans to vote for the fight.”
Kid Nate at Bloody Elbow decries the UFC’s tactics in a post headlined, “UFC’s Stalinist View of MMA History Erases Frank Shamrock.”
Steve Cofield of Cage Writer and ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas says, “Frankly, this whole thing is ridiculous.”
“Ridiculous” and “petty” pretty much sum it up. I’m not the biggest Tito Ortiz or Frank Shamrock fan in the world, but you can’t deny their impact on the UFC in the earlier days of the sport. It’s not unexpected, but it is stupid, and someday it will all catch up to them…somehow.