Josh Gross from Sherdog.com broke the story that Tito Ortiz and Matt Lindland would be fighting in the WFA’s main event. Ortiz this afternoon disagreed. On the Underground Forum, Ortiz said, “No truth to this! Match is not signed.”
Either way this fuels further speculation on a story broke on MMAWeekly.com last month that the WFA wants to use Tito Ortiz as their franchise fighter for their company.
‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ has said in many recent interviews that he planned on starting his own organization. In August, in an interview with MMAWeekly, Ortiz talked about starting his own promotion. He said, “It’s going to be a big one. It’s going to be here in States, and Las Vegas is the first place we’re looking to make it happen.”
Over the last several months, Tito has been working to make it a reality. He hinted about the news over recent weeks. As was reported last month, some MMA fighters have told MMAWeekly that he was reportedly finalizing the acquisition of the World Fighting Alliance (WFA), with another partner. John Lewis was the former President of the Las Vegas based fight promotion. The details of the transfer of ownership are still unknown, but it appears that John Lewis is willing to part with his portion of the company. A representitive of Don King was also mentioned as a partner of the new WFA.
The WFA is already sanctioned in the state of Nevada. It’s a reputable promotion who’ve always put on good shows in the past and treated the fighters well. MMAWeekly Radio’s very own Frank Trigg is a former WFA welterweight champion. They’ve had numerous top fighters compete in their organization. Just to name a few: Rich Franklin, Josh Thomson, Dennis Hallman, Mike Van Arsdale, Kimo Leopoldo, Alex Stiebling, Vitor Ribeiro, ‘Tiki’ Ghosen, Ronald Jhun, and Marvin Eastman. If and when the deal is finalized, there would be nothing in the way of the WFA holding events as soon as they can put the cards together and secure a venue.