- Aug 1, 2004
- Reaction score
- Winnipeg MB
MMA Ring Report's East Coast representative Mike Doyle had a chance to speak to one of the UFC's biggest draws Tito Ortiz before his upcoming headlining fight against Forrest Griffin. In a candid interview where he talks about all things TIto, Mr. Ortiz sets the record straight regarding his feelings for Forrest Griffin's reality show stardom, the Ultimate Fighter T.V show, his upcoming bout with Ken Shamrock, and much more.
Now one thing that stuck out right away:
MMARR: Due to a contract standoff between yourself and the UFC, its been over a year since you last competed in the Octagon. Your manager Mykalai Kontilai was instrumental in your return to the UFC, are you able to discuss any of the terms of the deal?
Ortiz: Its pretty much a 3 fight deal, contributing as a coach on (Season 3) The Ultimate Fighter and my last fight will be for a world title, if I win my next two fights.
That's the Griffin Fight on Saturday, then his fight against Ken for the Ultimate Fighter.
Neither of those guys are top contenders!
Yet, there is a title fight in that contract for beating them both. That's some pretty good contract negotiating to get a title fight without facing any of the top contenders...