Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz feels that Dana White and the UFC are trying to put him down once and for all. He discusses the fact that the UFC organization cares only about "the brand itself" and "could care less about the fighters."
Here’s a snip from Tito Ortiz:
“They don’t want the fighters to get as big as a ‘Tyson’ or a ‘De La
Hoya’ or one of those types because all of a sudden, they’ll be expecting to
see a lot more payment…The UFC makes about 99 percent of the money, and the
rest goes to the fighters. That one percent ain’t nothing compared to what they
make on merchandising, on pay-per-view, and everything else they make around
the world…I was expecting a bigger fight. I think the fans were expecting a
bigger fight…I got pressed into it, and all of a sudden, it’s all over the
Internet that Tito Ortiz won’t fight Machida.
I’m just looking to get my final fight over with the UFC…They said I wasn’t
worth the money…I was worth no more than what I’m getting paid now, and I’m not
a commodity to them anymore. I’m not as viable to them anymore. That was a sign
What about getting a title shot?
“With Dana in charge, I don’t think that fight will ever happen for me…Dana
has bad blood for me and nothing but bad blood. They’re going to try and ruin
me…UFC is caring so much about the brand itself…They could care less about the
fighters. Fighters are a dime a dozen. They’ll keep coming. Dana is really out
for himself and the company. He doesn’t give a s–t about the fighters.”
(props to thefightnetwork.com)