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Tito Ortiz close to signing four-fight deal with Strikeforce, possible first bout with Babalu in October

titoortiz1It’s been over a year since we last saw “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (15-6-1) compete in an MMA fight. After losing to Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 in May of 2008, Ortiz decided to part ways with the UFC and hasn’t seen any action since.

According to Ortiz, he’s about to become the latest member of the Strikeforce family.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion was a guest of honor at last night’s UCFC “Clementi vs. Jensen” show in Pittsburgh at the Mellon Arena. In between fights, Ortiz entered the ring and announced to the crowd that he was extremely close to signing a four-fight deal with the Strikeforce promotion. Not only that, but he also mentioned that he could face Renato “Babalu” Sobral at a Strikeforce event in October.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was when Ortiz announced to the crowd that if he does sign the four-fight deal with Strikeforce that he would like his fourth fight to be a catchweight bout against the #1 heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko.

At one time, Ortiz was considered one of the best fighters in the world. Upon making his MMA debut at UFC 13 back in 1997, Ortiz compiled a 5-2 record with the company before defeating Wanderlei Silva for the UFC light heavyweight title.

Ortiz went on to hold the belt for three years before losing to Randy Couture at UFC 44. Since then Ortiz has had a very rocky relationship with the UFC and it’s owner, Dana White.

After losing to Machida last year, Ortiz decided it was time to move on with his career. Since then he has appeared as a “special guest” for multiple MMA promotions such as EliteXC, Strikeforce, and Affliction. He has also mentioned a number of “rumored” deals with other MMA promotions in the past, but nothing has yet to come to fruition. Perhaps this time we will finally see the return of one of MMA’s true “bad boys”.

28 COMMENTS
  • fuhr says:

    I wish I had a nickel for every time Tito has been “very close” to signing with someone…. I’d have a quarter! Honestly hope he does sign with strikeforce love him or hate he is still entertaining.

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  • PlagueAngel says:

    Good god. The king of broken promises has shown his ugly face again. All Ortiz does his talk and talk and make excuses. Its been 33 months since his last victory and every month has been ugly up to this point. I’m not surprised that Ortiz wants to fight Fedor because he knows that he can promise anything, but does not have to deliver. Ortiz went from a young gun to the most overrated clown on the MMA scene. I can’t even express my dislike for Men like Ortiz. There must be something in the water in California.

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  • GetItOn says:

    Tito, when you’re on a promotional banner or commercial for an event in which you are competing then I will “start” to slowly believe that it’s true.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Strikeforce is probably a good fit for Ortiz at this point. He wouldn’t be competitive in UFC, and he still has a big enough name to attract viewers for an org. If I were Strikeforce, though, I wouldn’t necessarily agree to a guaranteed four fight deal. Give him two for sure with the option for two more. If he underperforms on the first two, he’s done. If he fights like the old Tito, Strikeforce could exercise the option for the next two, and pay him an agreed bonus. Having to compete and earn what you receive aren’t in style right now, at least not in Washington DC, but I still think it’s the best system.

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  • PlagueAngel says:

    I agree “angry mike”. I don’t doubt he can fight, he was in good shape against Machida. He is a clown playing mental games with himself for christ sakes. Thats his problem. I’m a MMA fan and I want to see results, not hear them. I think he could give Babalu a run for his money, but I hope not. As far as Fedor, let it happen so we can watch him get smashed into a thousand pieces and thrown around like a sack of potatoes(Machida). I just don’t get people like Ortiz.

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  • BillyWarhol says:

    Yeah I always thought Ortiz was Unbeatable* I think Tito + Chuck Liddell are an obvious Matchup too! ;))

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Babalu first up would be dumb, but not as dumb as trying to get Fedor to cut weight. Tito you weigh about the same as Fedor anyway so fight like a man and fight HW. Fedor = about 235 and Ortiz = at least 225. Lindland fought Fedor at HW and you can’t?.

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  • elkymbo says:

    Good old Tito….can’t just fade away like we all wish he would. Nobody’s going to sign you mate because you’re such an embarrassment. Why don’t you go home and cuddle up to your worn out porn star missus. The only thing I would like to see is Fedor destroying him so we could finally be rid of this arse.

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  • Jstew3785 says:

    I wish the lord would take Tito Ortiz wherever he is right now

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  • dpk says:

    Whatever, not too interesting. There will be a few good fights for Tito in Strikeforce, but I’m not going out of my way to watch a Strikeforce card with Tito on it anymore than I would watch it without him.

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  • edub says:

    The guy is still a badass fighter top ten imo after he smashes(lnps) babalu.

    Tito has only ever been embarrassed by two fighters after the F.Shamrock fight. Randy and Chuck who are absolute nightmare matchups for him. He beat Forrest, Fucked himself over against Rashad, and lost to Lyoto. Hell be back and he matches up well with every 205er not in the UFC and he matches up with Fedor well(see the Ricardo Arona fight.

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  • Jstew3785 says:

    Other than the triangle/armbar attempt, Machida embarrased him too.

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  • edub says:

    Machida embarrases EVERYONE. He is leagues above everyother fighter in MMA.

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  • edub says:

    Besides Fedor and GSP.

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  • PlagueAngel says:

    He is NOT top ten. No wins in 33 months takes him out of competition. Who is in your top 10 “edub”? I mean, good god man. He does not matchup well against Fedor. Fedor’s clinch, striking, and ground game are light years ahead of Ortiz. He was embarrissed in front of everyone against Machida. He is the clown prince of MMA with his antics and trash talking. If Ortiz is in great shape, his ground and pound is always dangerious. If he does not sign with Strikeforce soon, what little credibility he has left will be put into the shitcan.

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  • edub says:

    Well Plague guy my top ten is this(btw i said if he beats bablu hes top ten)
    1.Lyoto
    2.Rashad
    3.Forrest
    4.Rampage
    5.Shogun
    6.Cane
    7.Rich
    8.Jardine
    9.Silva
    10.Babalu(If Babalu gets by Mousasi and Tito beats him he takes his spot)

    His Ground Game is great but so is Tito’s especially on top. Ricardo Arona controlled Fedor for most of the fight, so Tito (“could”) do the same. Probably not but could.Tito is also a much stronger wrestler than Arona, and Fedor has never had to deal with the elbows from a wrestler the Caliber of Tito.

    And to your last point “He was embarrased by Machida”…EVERYONE is embarrassed by Machida.

    So Btw dark angel whats ur top ten u still got wandy and chuck in there.

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  • PlagueAngel says:

    To quote Dana White at the UFC 84 press conferance. “Tito wants to be a superstar, these guys want to be fighters”. Ortiz embarrissed himself against Machida. The pre fight trash talk, the weigh-in t-shirt, the sunglasses, his performance, and especially the after fight press conferance. I have Chuck and Wandy ahead of Ortiz because they fight. Instead of claiming to be king of the world, they try to earn their reputation. Ortiz is all talk and no results. Calling UFC fighters “slaves” is pathetic in my book.

    Also, I don’t think Fedor will be concerned about Tito’s “dangerious” elbows. Fedor has evolved him game beyond his match 8 years ago against Arona. Ortiz has shown very little evolution in the last four years imo. How anyone can defend Ortiz at this point is beyond me.

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  • edub says:

    “To quote Dana White” you lost me there.

    Oh wait I came back to “dangerious”.

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  • edub says:

    All shit talking aside… Im not a huge fan of Tito. I just feel the need to argue when people call him a can which he is not.

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Damn I almost hate to say it,but I’ll admit it’ll be awesome to see Tito fight again,especially in another organization.
    I just can’t decide whether I want to see him kick ass or get ass kicked.
    Either way, I’ll buy the PPV.

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  • mu_shin says:

    As a celebrity/personality, Tito may be wanting, but as the all-time leader in title defenses for the lightheavy weight division of the UFC, he remains a formidable former champion.

    If Tito can recover from the surgery he went through last October, re-enter full time MMA training, and bring his full attention to fighting, he could definitely give the LHW division in Strikeforce a major boost. That is if this purported deal with Strikeforce actually materializes…

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  • meatloaf says:

    Who the hell is this PlagueAngel? You obviously have a personal vendetta against Ortiz because you have gone out of your way to bash him in numerous posts.
    You’ve done it repeatedly in past topics many of which had nothing to do with Ortiz but you seemed to steer the topic around to your personal hatred for the guy anyway. It’s pathetic.

    Whether you hate his personality or you’re just a Dana White mark the bottom line is he’s a legend in this sport and held a UFC Championship longer than anyone else in history.
    Also you should do a little research before posting some of the comments you’ve made because your posts contain many factual errors.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    I’ll give Tito a lot of latitude, but the idea that he could compete with Fedor is silly. If Fedor was motivated, that fight would be shorter than his fight with Sylvia. Tito doesn’t have the size to grapple with Fedor, and he damn sure doesn’t have the chin to strike with him. I’m not sure anybody does.

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  • meatloaf says:

    “Tito doesn’t have the size to grapple with Fedor.”
    Listen I know people get confused by weight classes thinking one guy is too small to compete with this guy in a higher weight class.
    As was the case in the Diaz/Frank Shamrock fight. People thought Diaz was going to be out sized because Frank fights at middleweight and as it turned out Diaz was the bigger fighter.
    This is another case of that. Go back and look at the pictures of the Affliction Day of Reckoning press conference with Tito and Fedor together. Tito is the larger man. He cuts weight to make 205. And no I’m not saying Tito wins so don’t try and twist my comments around.

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  • PlagueAngel says:

    I wouldn’t say my feelings for Ortiz is pathetic. Just holding the guy accountable for his antics and actions. Where are my factual errors on Ortiz? Next time instead of saying I’m wrong, put it in your post. Ortiz has not won a fight since Oct 2006. That is near 33 months ago. He also called UFC fighters slaves to the UFC during the 84 press conferance. He was refering to money(I believe), but these are fighters and not slaves to a corporation. I don’t have a personal hatred for the guy because I don’t know him. What I do know his that the guy is a clown and that he talks a lot of shit for not having any kind of current impact on MMA. He calls out all these fighters and never fights. I do admit to bashing him on other posts, but I do that because its easy and I like it. Its fun to poke at a clown and throw things at them.

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  • PlagueAngel says:

    Tito is a big guy and I bet he walks around at 215 or 220. I think a catch weight between him and any heavyweight would be entertaining. But lets see some plan of action. Lets see him fight and impress before Fedor. Tito just likes the spotlight and the cameras. I like fights and not Hollywood.

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  • cocoonofhorror says:

    Machida is vastly overrated.

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  • edub says:

    Cocoon are you being serious.

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