by MMAWeekly.com Staff
been much said about Saturday night’s href="http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=6344&zoneid=13">UFC
84 event in Las Vegas where lightweight champion B.J. Penn successfully
defended his belt against former champion href="http://videos.mmaweekly.com/view_player.php?id=2549">Sean Sherk. But
chief among the talk has been the controversy surrounding Tito Ortiz and
Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White.
to Ortiz’s fight with Lyoto Machida, the former light heavyweight champion was
adamant that it would be his last performance in the Octagon. In his post-fight
interview with commentator Joe Rogan, however, Oritz changed his tune, saying,
“I haven’t decided at all,” when asked about his future with the promotion.
the evening, much attention was focused on the situation regarding Ortiz’s
participation, or lack thereof, at the UFC 84 post-fight press conference with
the media. Oritz wanted to attend; the UFC was initially reluctant to the idea,
but subsequently acquiesced.
about his current situation of unrest with the most prominent mixed martial
arts organization in the world, href="http://videos.mmaweekly.com/view_player.php?id=2556">Ortiz stated,
“It just really comes down to… I see the whole situation with the company, you
know, I put my heart and soul on the line… and if I speak out amongst what the
contracts are and what the fighters get paid and everything… I’m called a
in the day when Dana White was my manager, he was fighting against SEG (the
former owners of the UFC) to get me the pay-per-view buys and to get me the
money that I felt I was rightfully owed for stepping into the Octagon and
of Ortiz’s position, at least publicly, is that he feels that he hasn’t been
treated respectfully or compensated fairly by the organization that he has
attached himself to for the past 11 years.
disrespected time and time again and it started last year with the Bad Blood
thing,” he commented. “They wanted to take advantage of me and I stood up
because I’m a businessman.
what I’m worth.”