It’s no secret that former UFC lightweight champion Tito Ortiz and UFC president Dana White have had a rocky relationship over the years.
White was Ortiz’s manager at one point. The conflict occurred after White became president of the wrestling promotion. The UFC was purchased by White’s childhood friends Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta in January 2001, and White was named president of the organization. At the time, Ortiz was the UFC champion at 205 pounds.
White and Ortiz’s relationship soured when Ortiz fought for more money after losing to Ken Shamrock at UFC 40 in November 2002. to be implemented.
Tensions arose between White and Ortiz, and in 2007 the two agreed to settle their differences in a boxing match. White took the challenge seriously, but Ortiz didn’t show up for the weigh-in. A documentary about the boxing match that never happened aired on Spike TV, showing White’s preparation and dramatic performance.
In a recent interview with Chattin Pony podcast, Ortiz explained why the boxing match with White didn’t happen.
“It was supposed to be 50/50 of whatever money was made from the fight, and when it came to signing the contract – and I always signed the fight agreement for the fight I was doing – so wasn’t in it,” Ortiz said. “I wasn’t getting anything out of it.”
“It was a lose-lose situation for me. And I said the fight wasn’t going to happen a month before the fight when they aired it on Spike TV, three hours of Dana flying around… getting ready for the fight and everything. It should never happen. to happen,” Ortiz continued. “It was an opportunity for Dana to be a superstar, and she took that position and ran with it. She did it well.”
“The contract came and said I was going to make zero,” Ortiz said. “I said, ‘Wait a second, I thought you said 50/50?’ He (White) was like, “No, we can’t do that.” I said, “Well, I’m not going to fight then … but don’t just go on the scale and say that Tito hasn’t shown up and is afraid to fight,” and that’s exactly what he did. I will not fight anyone for free.”