Tito Responds To White’s Bashing Of Liddell Fight
A day after Dana White’s pointed attack towards Oscar De La Hoya and the trilogy fight between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, Ortiz would respond to his former boss.
White would go on the attack on the UFC Unfiltered podcast this week, claiming that Ortiz’ claims of fighters getting big money at Golden Boy MMA is laughable.
“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.”
Ortiz estimated prior to and following the event at The Forum in Inglewood, California, that the event reached 200,000 plus buys, even though numbers won’t be released for weeks.
“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.”
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.@DanaWhite – I appreciate everything you have done for the me & the sport, in my humble opinion I don’t feel Chuck & I were compensated correctly for all that we gave & sacrificed for the company. When you sold the company for over 4.5 billion dollars how much of that did Chuck and I get ? Nothing…. I’m trying to build something new and rewarding for the sport! This is not about you, it is not about me… I want it to be about the fighters & giving them the opportunity to share in all the rewards this business has to offer to where they don’t have to fight when they are 43 & 48. @GoldenBoyBoxing @UFC
“I’m not saying we even break 500,000,” he added. “But we get close to that, I would be very happy.”
“It would be pretty close (to my best payday),” Ortiz said of his Golden Boy pay. “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.
Ortiz netted $2.9 million at UFC 66 in his loss to Liddell, which netted 892,000+ buys on Pay-Per-View. Ortiz made $200,000 on fight night for showing, but gets a split of Pay-Per-View revenues with Liddell.
“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.”
Initial Report: MMAJunkie