However, Ortiz will not be fighting on the card. Instead, he will be the color commentator, a position in which Ortiz feels he can add a lot to.
“The audience will figure it out – move to move,” said Ortiz. “I think I may know a little about MMA.”
Ortiz will be joining the previously announced broadcast tandem of play-by-play announcer Sean Wheelock and color commentator Jimmy Smith, who are the regular announce team for M-1 Challenge events on HDNet.
“I’m absolutely thrilled (to be working with Ortiz),” Wheelock said when contacted by FiveOuncesOfPain.com for comment. “I am a huge Tito Ortiz fan. I think he’s without question one of the greatest fighters in the history of mixed martial arts. To have him be a part of our show just makes it bigger and better.”
Ortiz made it a point to clarify that he has not signed a fighting contract with Affliction.
“As of now, I will be doing nothing but color commentary,” said Ortiz.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion also made it a point to comment on his current status with Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC.
“Zuffa has right of first refusal cause with my contract,” said Ortiz. “That expires during the summer. I will not sign any fighting contract until that is up.”