Tito Ortiz has signed on to fight undefeated light heavyweight Lyoto Machida, but he’s not happy about it. Ortiz was interviewed by FightNetwork.com this week and had some harsh words about the UFC and its president, Dana White. Here’s what Ortiz had to say:
“I was expecting a bigger fight. I think the fans were expecting a bigger fight. I got pressed into it, and all of a sudden, it’s all over the Internet that Tito Ortiz won’t fight Machida. I’m just looking to get my final fight over with the UFC. They said I wasn’t worth the money. I was worth no more than what I’m getting paid now, and I’m not a commodity to them anymore. I’m not as viable to them anymore. That was a sign of disrespect. With [UFC President Dana White] in charge, I don’t think that fight will ever happen for me,” said Ortiz.
“Dana has bad blood for me and nothing but bad blood. UFC is caring so much about the brand itself. They could care less about the fighters. Fighters are a dime a dozen. They’ll keep coming. Dana is really out for himself and the company. He doesn’t give a sh*t about the fighters. They’re going to try and ruin me.”
The Ortiz-Machida showdown is expected to take place in May.
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