Tito Ortiz has a message for Dana White: It’s not about you.
After White ranted about Ortiz’s trilogy fight with Chuck Liddell, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” took to Twitter to defend his recent offering (via <a href="
Ortiz and Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya made compensation a central part of the buildup for this past Saturday's fight, which ended with a first-round knockout for Ortiz.
White fired back at De La Hoya’s opinion that the UFC president shouldn’t tell a fighter when to retire, telling the retired boxer, “It’s called friendship, you (expletive) cokehead.”
White went on to blast Ortiz, who once was one-half of his client roster as a fight manager prior to taking the reigns at the UFC. An on-again, off-again target, the two nearly fought an exhibition bout before patching things up and falling out again.
“Tito says, ‘Hey, you guys want to get paid, come on over to Golden Boy MMA,’” White said. “Are you kidding me? Hey, my brother, wait a couple months until this whole thing pans out. Everybody’s going to be suing everybody in a couple of months. There was no money made over there.”
In an interview Monday with MMAjunkie, Ortiz estimated this past Saturday’s event already has reached 200,000 pay-per-view buys. While actual buyrates can take weeks to tabulate, he was optimistic.
With 400 texts and 600 missed calls on his phone, he said, there was more interest than any of his fights under the Bellator banner.
“Because of the hate that I get, and of course, the support I get,” he said. “This is more than I’ve ever had when I fought Chael (Sonnen), and we did crazy numbers on free television with Chael. When I fought Stephan Bonnar, it’s quadruple any of those guys.”
“I’m not saying we even break 500,000,” he added. “But we get close to that, I would be very happy.”
Ortiz said his career-high payday remains his second fight with Liddell at UFC 66, which he said netted a $2.9 million payday. But that was under a different revenue sharing agreement; under Golden Boy, he said he will split pay-per-view profits with Liddell.
“It would be pretty close (to my best payday),” Ortiz said. “For the pay-per-view that was earned, if we could do 1.3 million buys, it would be a home run out of the park, forever.
“I’m just thankful at the end of the day that I was there to perform the way I did, and I was able to shut Chuck up, and shut all the fans up. I was able to bask in the glory for the rest of my life, because I’ve always wanted that redemption fight. I’ve always wanted the opportunity to show I’m the better fighter when I’m healthy.”