FiveOuncesOfPain.com was informed by Rear Naked Radio, a weekly MMA show heard every Saturday from 7-9 p.m. CT on Live 105.3 FM in Dallas, that former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was offered a contract by the UFC in the days leading up to last night’s fight against Lyoto Machida.
While listening to the initial portion of an audio clip forwarded by Rear Naked Radio, Ortiz begins to talk about possible options outside of the UFC.
“Either I go to Affliction; either I got to possibly something with De La Hoya; or start something on my own; HDNet; I mean there are so many opportunities for me,” said Ortiz. “Lorenzo (Ferttita) came up to me, actually, a day before the weigh-in and he’s like ‘UFC is the place you need to stay. You need to be here. We need you here.’ And he was giving me the old fluff deal…”
Ortiz’s girlfriend, Jenna Jameson, then interjected and revealed that Ortiz had even received a contract offer. Rear Naked Radio followed up the revelation by asking Ortiz directly whether that was in fact the case.
“Yeah, they tried to,” Ortiz confirmed. “They try to just like, I don’t want to say bully… (But) they were trying to get my mind off of it. Then not inviting me to the press conference, and I’m just like, these guys don’t have no interest in me. For Dana (White) to sit there and say these companies are going to drop out quick; that they’ll pay their fighters and they’ll be done, we’ll see. We’ll see in this next year what really happens.”
Special thanks to Rear Naked Radio for making the audio available to us.