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Tito Ortiz: “It’s not about money anymore, it’s about respect”

Tito Ortiz made himself available for a Q&A session with The Sun in the U.K. and confirmed his plans to leave the UFC after his fight with Lyoto Machida at UFC 84:

I’m getting ready for that fight right now, May 24th in Las Vegas , Nevada at the MGM Grand. This is the last fight in my contract with the UFC. Then I’m going to go and sign up with somebody else just because the way Dana White treats me as a fighter is very disrespectable.

It’s not about money anymore it’s about respect. I’m going to go with someone else who will pay me more money and treat me with more respect than Dana White has ever treated me. I’m very excited to move on, to grow and go somewhere else and help them build a company like I did with the UFC.

No real surprising news here, but Tito has been pretty quiet as of late about his intentions to leave the UFC after his next fight. I don’t see the UFC making a big push to keep him and he’s going to be the biggest free agent name on the market when the time comes. If EliteXC does well on CBS, don’t be surprised to see him land there. Kimbo vs. Tito anyone?

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