Considering both Affliction VP, Tom Atencio, and Tito Ortiz are saying they can’t negotiate until after Aug. 4, Tito likely isn’t signed to Affliction, at least not yet. Does that mean informal talks haven’t taken place? Not at all. Affliction is holding a conference on Aug. 6 to announce the card for Affliction II. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to negotiate if they plan on announcing it then. If this is what’s happening, one would imagine they’ve already held talks in one way, shape, or form. They just obviously can’t admit to it.