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Old 07-01-2009, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tito wants Fedor

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One time UFC poster boy Tito Ortiz hasn't fought in more than a year. And it's been nearly three years since he last won a fight.



Plagued by back problems for several years, his last bout was a loss to current UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Prior to that, a draw with former UFC champion Rashad Evans and a loss to another former UFC champion in Chuck Liddell.



But following back surgery in October of 2008, Ortiz has recently been cleared to train full speed ahead.



"My doctor just released me. I feel great. My cardio is great. I'm excited to get back in there. I'm 100-percent, no more pain running down my back."



In a seemingly revolving door of endless negotiations, the former UFC champion sounds as if he is nearing the time when he will set foot back in the cage, once again ready to compete.



"I'm in negotiations right now with Strikeforce and working with CBS and Showtime, so all three of us are going back and forth to make a contract that makes sense to me," he told MMAWeekly.com recently.



"Hopefully by October I'll be competing. We're finishing the contract I'd say with CBS, Showtime, and Strikeforce and making a deal that UFC can't match."



If that deal does come to fruition, Ortiz says he's ready and has his near future already mapped out.



"I feel sorry for the person they have me fight, but I do need one warm-up fight," he said. "I managed to come off a huge back surgery. It's been a year since I've competed. I think one warm-up fight to get things going."

But after that, it's full speed ahead, and truly so if the fight he mentions does end up taking place.



"After that, I don't want no more warm-up fights. I'm hoping by my fourth fight, possibly fight Fedor Emelianenko at a catchweight. That'd be something that I'm looking forward to possibly by the middle of next year."

http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/...9087&zoneid=13


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Old 07-02-2009, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Tito is an attention-whore, he does it to hype fights and bring in money. He's over the hill, washed up, and wants one last big paycheck, so he's trying to use Fedor to get it.

I think that at this point, Tito is becoming what Ken Shamrock became.... a punching bag that will let anyone beat them up for a paycheck.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, I think Tito might have completely lost his mind. Eventhough this will most likely never happen, this could be worse than the tim sylvia fight.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Tito wants a lot of shit....oh, he wants Fedor? Oh, that gives him more publicity? You gotta hand it to the dude, he's not stupid, but everyone knows that Fedor would wreck him....wait he's a wrestler that takes people down....Fedor has never fought anyone like that! Bahahah, Tito PLEASEEEE go away!! PLEASSEEE! Not even for my sake, it's just embarassing at this point.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Tito is in for a big surprise when he loses his warm-up fight.
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Old 07-02-2009, 01:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Fedor via Fedorism.
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Tito is in for a big surprise when he loses his warm-up fight.
Lol true oh so true. All these post sum up exactly how I felt when I read this article...I was like "WTF!? Is he out of his friggin mind!?!"
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WOW....4 fights within 9-10 months with one warmup, assuming he's expecting 2 top tier fights, then a fight with Fedor? I think he missed his calling as a comedian.

Would Strikeforce, Showtime, AND CBS really gain enough off of Tito alone to make it worth trying to beat out the UFC's offer? I mean if it would take 3 entities to make a better offer than the UFC, wouldn't it just be wise to go to the UFC and fight top 205'ers? OR wait, he doesn't really want the top guys in the division does he? Tito alone doesn't bring in the cash. He needs another TOP name to make the money. With the exception of Ken, it took someone else to bring in the viewers. I'm interested to see how it all unfolds. I'd like to hear the real stories though, not just the lopsided Tito versions.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This fight makes a lot of sense for stikeforce. Tito has brings in a shit load more fans the Fedor. Fedor has about a two percent chance of losing so this will also help raise Fedors stock when it comes to having a fan base. The powers that be would be smart to give tito one warm up fight and then Fedor. They should keep him away from babalu. That is one fight i dont see tito winning no matter where it goes and it will lower the value or an ortiz/fedor fight in the future. Tito has two to three times the drawing power of anyone outside of the UFC right now, he is worth a lot to any organization regrardless of how far he may have fallen when it comes to his actual skill. Tito would have been worth big money to affliction, he actually has the fan base to back up a large contract unlike fedor, arlovski or sylvia when it comes to fighting in the U.S.
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