September 27, 2005

According to the Administrator of Tito Ortiz’ website, TitoOrtiz.com, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has been offered a contract to fight for PrideFC:

“PrideFC has officially stepped up and offered Tito Ortiz a 6 fight deal. At this time nothing has been signed, but for all those doubters out there on whether or not anyone wanted to sign Tito to fight, put that in your pipe and smoke it.

This is factual information gathered from Tito regarding contracts that were received the week of September 19 from PrideFC. Not a rumor.”

There has been no word yet as to whether or not Tito has or will sign the contract with Pride. The last time that Tito spoke with MMAWeekly, he was looking forward to fighting again soon and also looking at starting up his own MMA promotion. Obviously, if he signs with Pride, this would shake things up a bit.

Tito won his last two fights in the UFC, against Patrick Cote and Vitor Belfort, but could not agree on a new contract. Following his departure the UFC basically erased nearly all references to the former champion from their website.

Following a tremendously successful opening two rounds of their first ever Lightweight Tournament, Pride could be looking to Tito Ortiz to be their key to their long-discussed entrance into the American market.