Tell me if this sounds familiar; Tito Ortiz makes an announcement that he’s close to signing a groundbreaking deal, however nothing materializes until the controversial fighter shows up again months later stating the same thing. Now, Ortiz is saying that he and the only company he’s ever called home have kissed and made up.
“I’m very thankful for Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta from the UFC and I’m glad that me and Dana (White) kind of got to brush each other off,” Ortiz told our girl Crooklyn on Tapout Radio last evening. “We may not still like each other or whatever but we came to amends — which is awesome.”
Awesome? It’s nothing short of miraculous considering their bitter history. Leading into his UFC 84 scrap against Lyoto Machida, the last on his UFC contract, Ortiz and White openly counted down the seconds until Ortiz’s UFC deal expired.
Following his unanimous decision loss that May evening, the brash president stated that, “I am out of the Tito Ortiz business,” and allowed his former light heavyweight champion to walk.
Although White may no longer want to buy what Ortiz is selling, it appears that he is willing to bury the hatchet as he confirmed “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” claims.
“Yes tito and I made up,” White Tweeted on today at 2:03PM PT.
Ortiz instantly replied to White’s post by stating, “yeah, me and [Dana White] made up. I’m expecting to be inside the Octagon again soon. thanks for the support guys – I appreciate it,” via his Twitter account.*
However, it seems that Ortiz is either jumping the gun or took his conversation with UFC brass completely the wrong way as White immediately responded to Ortiz’ Tweet with, “Doesn’t mean he’s back it means we aren’t smashing each other anymore and we don’t hate each other.”
Oddly, Ortiz made it appear on Tapout Radio last night that although the only two other major MMA organizations remaining in the U.S. fought valiantly for his services, he will be heading back home.
“I gotta thank Strikeforce for giving me an opportunity and I want to thank Affliction for giving me an opportunity,” Ortiz stated.
(UPDATE: 7/18/09 08:17AM PT)
* – There are now questions regarding the legitimacy behind Ortiz’ Tweets. Regardless if it is indeed Tito or not, this story lives on because of his comments on Tapout Radio. Ortiz currently has 6,170 Followers on the popular networking site.
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