SOURCE: Tito Ortiz

April 16, 2007 10:41 ET

"Dana White Has Once Again Taken the Low Road..." Says Tito Ortiz

UFC Fighter Says UFC President "Disrespects All Fighters," by His Attitude

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 16, 2007 -- Statement from Ultimate Fighting Championship Fighter Tito Ortiz about accusations by Dana White, UFC President on Spike TV Thursday, April 12, 2007:

"Dana White has once again taken the low road and decided to try to damage my reputation and credibility in a public forum. During an appearance on Spike TV on April 12th White accused me of failure to show up for a fight we had originally scheduled for March 24th. He did so at the end of the program and gave me no opportunity to respond or tell the real story, which is simply this: White was fully informed well in advance of March 24th that I would not fight without a contract, which White refused to sign.

"Fighting is my livelihood and jeopardizing my body without a full understanding of conditions, doesn't make any sense. No professional fighter will go into a risky match without a contract.

"I've struggled to get respect and dignity for my profession and I do it in the way I lead my life as a fighter and as a human being. Dana's attitude not only disrespects me, but all fighters. I am taking this stand just not for this one incident, but for all future champions.

"I want to reiterate: I am ready to settle my differences with Dana White in any fighting forum we can agree on, but only if there is a signed contract that stipulates where the money is going, whether it is to charity or to the fighters doesn't matter as much as having a definitive agreement.

"Until Dana White is ready to fight me on a professional basis, I strongly urge him to keep his mouth shut."

For more information or interviews with Tito Ortiz, contact: Sara Perkins - Tito Ortiz Press Office - 212-687-1977 or perkycomm@aol.com.

About Tito Ortiz:

Jacob "Tito" Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is a legendary participant of the sport of mixed martial arts, or "MMA." Ortiz has become one of the sport's shining stars, headlining pay per view championship events and appearing on the cover of such magazines as Black Belt. He is a native of Huntington Beach, CA and is also known as "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy."

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Sara Perkins
    Tito Ortiz Press Office
    212-687-1977
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