Contrary to what Tito Ortiz stated in a recent SI.com article, Affliction has not and likely will not sign Tito to the “ground-breaking” deal he spoke of. During a press luncheon yesterday, Affliction confirmed that they were actively negotiating with Tito Ortiz, but they seem to far apart on terms at the moment.
According to Affliction VP Tom Atencio, Tito’s current asking price is just too high.
“We’ve got a contract, and it’s just not feasible.”
“It gets back to whatever I do in business, it’s always about dollars and sense. With some fighters it’s not, with some fighters it is. There’s just so many variables.”
Affliction Entertainment COO Michael Cohen informed MMAWeekly.com that while they are currently working on signing Ortiz, it’s likely not going to happen in time for Affliction’s October 11 event. According to a report on MMAJunkie.com, Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral—Tito’s likely opponent—is signed to fight three weeks prior making this fight even that much more unlikely for “Day of Reckoning.”
Well, at least we know Affliction doesn’t believe Tito is automatically guaranteed to draw 500,000 pay-per-view buys just for getting in the ring like Tito seems to believe. Honestly, at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Tito back in the UFC. If he can only get a little bit more than the UFC will give him, I don’t see him leaving. That will be the real test to see if he cares about improving things for the fighters, or, as Dana White says, only cares about himself.
In other Affliction news, Ben Rothwell has confirmed that he has officially signed to face Pedro Rizzo on October 11, but there’s a catch. He will not be making as much for this fight as the Arlovski fight, although Affliction will still owe him two fights at the originally contracted pay rate. Basically, this is how Affliction can say they aren’t asking fighters to take pay cuts while still asking fighters to take pay cuts. Slick Tom, real slick.
The latest Affliction II: Day of Reckoning fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.