Juanito Ibarra Files Lawsuit Against Tito Ortiz

Written by Tim Ngo
June 6th, 2009

Former manager/trainer for UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is striking back at another former champion, Tito Ortiz, for calling him a “thief.” According to TMZ, Juanito Ibarra claims Ortiz’ comments have caused emotional distress through defamation and invasion of privacy.

Here’s an excerpt of what Ortiz had said about Ibarra this past September:

“Let me explain this to you because it really pisses me off that Ibarra has done what he has done, he is a thief. I have been running training camps for seven years up in Big Bear California and the most that my camp has cost a fighter to attend is $35,000. Ibarra was charging Jackson $65,000 to go to Big Bear. I don’t understand that!! He was being very disrespectful and taking advantage of ‘Rampage’. Including travel, training partners, food and lodging, the most ever was $35,000, maybe if you flew in more trainers…$40K. Where did that extra money go that Ibarra was charging?”

Not only is Ibarra going after Ortiz, he’s also suing the media who reported the story which helped blast Ortiz’ comments all over the Internet.

Ibarra may now be feeling the financial ramifications of Rampage’s departure. That, combined with Ortiz’ two-cents, most certainly has affected Ibarra’s credibility within the MMA community.

The report did not specifiy how much Ibarra is suing for, or which MMA websites he has targeted.

Good luck, Juanito.

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