Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius Satellite Radio this morning.
Outside of a montage of sex questions, Howard also delved into the current state of Ortiz’s fighting career. Ortiz’s issues with UFC president Dana White were discussed and Ortiz also raised issue with fighter pay.
He crossed over into some dangerous ground by giving out specific numbers about what the UFC makes through pay-per-view, ticket sales, and merchandising. I say “dangerous ground” because if the numbers aren’t accurate, the UFC might feel compelled to file a lawsuit.
Stern asked Tito about the idea of the fighters starting a union and Ortiz said that it was a possibility. Ortiz expressed his desire that fighters in all income brackets begin to receive additional compensation.
Ortiz discussed how his match vs. Lyoto Machida on May 24 in Las Vegas is the last on his current contract and that he’ll become a free agent afterwards. He touched on the possibility of competing for a promotion other than the UFC and was very vocal about wanting a rematch with Frank Shamrock.
A caller asked Ortiz about Chuck Zito. Tito said the two were friends but when asked how he would fare in a fight against the former leader of the New York chapter of the Hell’s Angels, Ortiz expressed little doubt in his ability to win that fight. He talked about his street fighting prowess and indicated that he once nearly killed a man in a street fight. Ortiz indicated that he ran into the guy a year later at a party and that when confronted, the man in question apologized for initiating the altercation.
Later on in the interview Stern began to ramble off names of famous movie stars, inquiring how Ortiz would stack up against them. Jet Li, Chuck Norris, and Bruce Lee were all brought up. Ortiz stated that he could defeat all of them. Ortiz also indicated that he could defeat Mike Tyson in 30 seconds or less in an MMA-rules bout.
Tito also made one candid personal revelation about his distant past, which was that he had been addicted to methamphetamine for several years. Ortiz claimed he was working for a moving company early in his career and used speed in order to stay up during off-peak hours.
The couple were there to promote Jameson’s new book, Jenna’s Tales: Something Blue.