Fightline is reporting that Tito Ortiz received a four-fight offer from the UFC prior to his bout at UFC 84 this past weekend. The offer was given months in advance by Lorenzo Fertitta himself and is said to have a pay increase as well as a larger percentage of Pay-Per-View buys.
There is no indication of whether or not the offer is still on the table but assuming that it is, it makes sense that Ortiz didn’t sign prior to his fight against Lyoto Machida.
If Ortiz had defeated Machida last Saturday, he definitely would have gotten a more appealing offer to stay in the UFC. The new offer may have been enough to make it worth while for Ortiz to work under UFC President Dana White.
It does look like Ortiz is now leaning towards leaving the UFC and signing with either EliteXC or Affliction, depending on whoever has the “greener” offer. Either way, Ortiz will be able to bring his name to the new organization and help it grow.