Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tito Ortiz Now A Broadcaster For Affliction

Written by: sprawler

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 22:04
This news item was posted in Affliction, Affliction Fighters category and has 1 Comment so far.

Tito Ortiz has signed on as a broadcaster for Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning.”  After much speculation, from myself included that Ortiz was going to announce a fight deal, he says he is going to be a color commentator.  Wait, it gets better. 

After the press conference Tito told MMAjunkie.com that he will not be paid for his broadcasting work.  He went on to explain:

“As far as me fighting for Affliction, at this point I’m going to fulfill my obligations with … (the) UFC, and that’ll be until June 2009,” said Ortiz, who later confirmed the company has the right to first refusal until that date. “But until then, I’m going to work on my commentating. Color commentating is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

When was the last time Tito did something for free?  He thinks he should be the highest paid fighter in the history of MMA and own a part of the company he is fighting for.  If you don’t think he is that good, just ask Jenna Jameson who will set you straight.

At first glance, I thought Affliction and Tom Atencio was going crazy.  The last thing most people want is Tito to talk, much less do color commentary for 3 hours.  If Affliction was going to invest money on a commentator and not a fighter, their whole business model would need to be evaluated. 

I think this benefits Tito more as he is still in some kind of spotlight and will allow him to stay relevent.   Affliction will get a couple more search engine hits and a free commentator.

Here is part of the press conference:

 

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One Response to “Tito Ortiz Now A Broadcaster For Affliction”

  1. Mat said on Friday, December 19, 2008, 8:46

    LOL… why not sign him on as a commentator if you don’t even have to pay him? Sounds like a no brainer for Atencio.

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