Archive for July, 2008

BEING ASKED TO FIGHT WITHOUT A CONTRACT

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-03-27

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTER TITO ORTIZ SAYS HE PULLED OUT OF A GRUDGE BOXING MATCH WITH UFC PRESIDENT DANA WHITE BECAUSE HE WAS BEING ASKED TO FIGHT WITHOUT A CONTRACT

LOS ANGELES – (March 27, 2007) – Top mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz says he pulled out of a planned boxing bout against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White because he was being asked to enter the risky match without a contract and for no money. He said he is still willing to box White, but only if financial terms are ironed out in advance.

Ortiz, who has held the UFC light-heavyweight championship title, had been scheduled to fight former amateur boxing champion White on March 24th in a “grudge match” in Las Vegas. The match was a pre-condition that Ortiz had imposed before he signed a new contract with the UFC last year. Like Ortiz, White had been training for the fight and had received Nevada State Athletic commission approval for the match.

Ortiz explained in a post on his MySpace.com blog that he had already given up time and lost promotional fees to train for the fight against White, but decided against continuing after White and Spike TV declined to sign a contract agreeing to monetary and other terms, such as filming the fight for broadcast on pay-per-view television.

After canceling several paid personal appearances in order to train for the fight and undergoing routine medical tests, he received a call from Craig (Piligian, Spike TV’s Senior Vice President of Sports and Specials), who said that “Dana (White) says that they are not going to shoot the fight (for PPV) or cover it in anyway. So this was a real lose, lose situation for me. I lost out on money for appearances. Now I was losing out on promotion and big dollars for the PPV. He didn’t want to cut me in on the deal. So as a business man I couldn’t do the fight.”

Ortiz also said the he has a “very big fight with (Rashad) Evans” coming up on July 7th. “Why would I risk my health and that fight for free?” he asked, referring to the White boxing match. “I wasn’t going to make anything for it. I was not going to get taken advantage of as a fighter or a businessman. You tell me if I made the right decision. Hopefully this will get ironed out and will be done right the next time. Just trying to do business.”

The complete post by Ortiz on MySpace is available at

www.myspace.com/theofficialtitoortiz.

About Tito Ortiz:

Jacob “Tito” Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is a legendary participant of the sport of mixed martial arts, or “MMA.” Ortiz’ career has been mostly within the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization. A former Light-Heavyweight UFC champion, 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.” Tito Ortiz is recognized as a charismatic and controversial fighter and has also acted in several films and TV series. Whatever the opinions of Ortiz, he is regarded as a colorful showman, talented athlete and successful business executive who heads sportswear company Punishment Athletics.

‘NUMB3RS’

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-02-06

MMA CHAMP TITO ORTIZ GUEST STARS IN FEBRUARY 16TH EPISODE OF HIT CBS TV CRIME DRAMA ‘NUMB3RS’ (10-11PM ET/PT)

LOS ANGELES – (February 06, 2007) – MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) champ and “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz plays the role of Tino Alva in an upcoming episode of “NUMB3RS,” the popular CBS TV series on Friday, February 16th at 10-11PM ET/PT.

Ortiz plays the defending champion in the All-Out Fighting League who is anxious to find out who his opponent will be in the upcoming big match. Someone, however, seems to be knocking off the competition to improve his own ranking in the league.

“It was great fun to play this role,” said Ortiz. “It seemed that almost everyone on the set knew about my exploits with the UFC and also knew a lot about MMA.”

Ortiz has a loyal fan base from his televised fights and from having appeared on Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” series. He’s also had roles in several feature films including “Cradle 2 the Grave” and the controversial Turkish film “Valley of the Wolves: Iraq.”

About Tito Ortiz:

Jacob “Tito” Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is a legendary participant of the sport of mixed martial arts, or “MMA.” Ortiz’ career has been mostly within the Ultimate Fighting Competition organization. A former Light-Heavyweight UFC champion, 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 Hunting beach, CA and is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Tito Ortiz is recognized as a charismatic and controversial fighter and has also acted in several films and TV series. Whatever the opinions of Ortiz, he is recognized as a colorful showman and talented athlete. He is also a successful entrepreneur with his sportswear line Team Punishment (www.teampunishment.com). Visit www.titoortiz.com for more info.

About NUMB3RS:

NUMB3RS is a CBS drama about an FBI agent (Rob Morrow) who recruits his mathematical-genius brother (David Krumholtz) to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles. The two brothers take on the most confounding criminal cases from a very distinctive perspective. Inspired by actual events, the series depicts how the confluence of police work and mathematics provides unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing criminal questions.

TITO ORTIZ TO BE A PRESENTER AT THE 4TH ANNUAL PREMIOS FOX SPORTS AWARDS SHOW

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2006-12-06

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CHAMP TITO ORTIZ TO BE A PRESENTER AT THE 4TH ANNUAL PREMIOS FOX SPORTS AWARDS SHOW

LOS ANGELES – (December 6, 2006) – Tito Ortiz, one of the world’s most popular and colorful martial arts competitors, will be a presenter at the 4th Annual Premios Fox Sports Awards Show December 14th at the Jackie Gleason Theater of Performing Arts in Miami Beach.

Ortiz will take time off from training to attend the event. He is currently getting ready for his upcoming battle against UFC® World Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell on December 30th at the MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas.

“I’m very proud of my Hispanic heritage and it’s terrific to be part of an event that honors outstanding athletes from all sports and all walks of life,” said Ortiz. “All of these competitors have shown what you can do with a combination of skill, dedication, hard work and lots of heart. It is an honor for me to be among them.”

The Premios Fox Sports Awards Show is a star-studded, black-tie event held before an audience of 2,500. It will reach a viewing audience of more than 27-million throughout North and South America when it is aired on December 17th by Fox Sports en Espanol.

Among Hispanic celebrities who will be presenters at the Premios event are baseball legend Orlando Cepeda; boxing standouts Marco Antonio, Miguel Cotto, Alexis Arguello, Hector “Macho” Camacho, Julio Cesar Chavez; soccer stars Oswaldo Sanchez, Diego La Torre, Jaime Moreno and Miguel Calero; car racing champs Adrian Fernandez and Helio Castroneves; golfer Valeria Ochoa and NFL star Martin Grammatica.

About Tito Ortiz:

Jacob “Tito” Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is a legendary participant of the sport of mixed martial arts, or “MMA.” Ortiz’ career has been mostly within the Ultimate Fighting Competition organization. A former Light-Heavyweight UFC champion, 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 Hunting beach, CA and is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Tito Ortiz is recognized as a charismatic and controversial fighter and has also acted in several films and TV series. Whatever the opinions of Ortiz, he is recognized as a colorful showman and talented athlete.

“RENT-MY-SHORTS” SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2006-11-16

YOUR PRODUCT/COMPANY’S NAME ON TITO ORTIZ’ SHORTS IN UNIQUE “RENT-MY-SHORTS” SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

UFC Champ Offers Logo Placement for Upcoming UFC 66 Fight in Las Vegas

LOS ANGELES – (November 16, 2006) – Here’s a once-in-a-lifetime product placement opportunity – the chance to put your corporate logo on Ultimate Fighting Championship martial arts legend Tito Ortiz’ shorts or T-shirt when he battles UFC® World Light Heavyweight Champion, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell on December 30th at the MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas.

“It’s a terrific marketing opportunity to get a choice spot in this unique rent-my-shorts program,” says his spokesperson Sarah Perkins. “We feel it can be amazing placement because this is likely to be one of the all-time great fights in mixed martial arts history and will be viewed again and again by millions of fans.”

Ortiz, who is famous for donning t-shirts with impudent legends taunting his opponents, is offering logo placement opportunities for his shorts, shirt and robe during the fight, billed as UFC 66.

Popular sports site www.maxfighting.com today named Tito one of the 10 most influential UFC fighters. Writer Sean Mc Clure said: “I could have just said his name and been done with it. There is no other name, NONE that can bring out emotions like Tito’s does. People pay attention to him, whether it is to hear what he has to say or to say, ‘Here we go again.’”

Ortiz is one of the most popular, and most controversial, martial arts competitors in the world and he is also widely admired by his fans for his loyalty to them and to his charitable activities.

Tickets for UFC 66: LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ 2 are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $200 and $100 and are at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.ufc.com, www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. The bout will be available live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $39.95 ($39.99 CAD).

About Tito Ortiz:

Jacob “Tito” Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is a legendary participant of the sport of mixed martial arts, or “MMA.” Ortiz’ career has been mostly within the Ultimate Fighting Competition organization. A former Light-Heavyweight UFC champion, Ortiz has become one of the sport’s shining stars, headlining pay per view championship events and appearing on the cover of magazines such as Black Belt. He is a native of Hunting beach, CA and is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Tito Ortiz is recognized as a charismatic and controversial fighter and has also acted in several films and TV series. Whatever the opinions of Ortiz, he is undeniably both a showman and a talented athlete.

For further information about Tito Ortiz sponsorship, licensing, endorsements, contact Ms. Perkins at perkycomm@aol.com or 212-687-1977.

TITO ORTIZ WILL TEACH MARTIAL ARTS SEMINAR

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2006-11-10

ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMP TITO ORTIZ WILL TEACH MARTIAL ARTS SEMINAR IN ROCKWALL, TEXAS, ON NOVEMBER 11

LOS ANGELES – (November 10, 2006) – Colorful mixed martial arts champion Tito (“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy”) Ortiz will teach a seminar hosted by Wolfpack Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on November 11th in Rockwall, Texas just east of Dallas. Ortiz will focus on all areas in mixed martial arts (MMA), including striking, takedowns, grappling and even nutrition. The seminar is open to all and is a rare opportunity for fans and professional fighters alike.

As one of the recognizable stars of the Ultimate Fighting Competition organization, Ortiz is known as a knowledgeable fighter and spectacular showman. Ortiz defeated long-time rival Ken Shamrock in a 2 minute 23 second bout on October 10th. Ortiz has appeared on the covers of many magazines and has recently made news because of his relationship with adult film star Jenna Jameson.

Ortiz is currently training to reclaim the UFC Light Heavyweight title from Chuck Liddell in a championship bout scheduled to take place December 30th. As the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports association, the UFC features live events, televised productions and strives to expand recognition of MMA as a sport.

Wolfpack’s Collin Grayson states, “I’m all about providing opportunities for people. I’ve been lucky enough to train with the best in the business, but have always had to go to them. Now I’m bringing the teacher to the students.”

The seminar will be held this Saturday, November 11th, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Rockwell Indoor Sports Expo (2922 S. State Highway 205 of I-30 in Rockwall, TX) on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on attending, please call 972-965-0811 or email wolfpackjiujitsu@yahoo.com.

About Tito OrtizJacob “Tito” Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is legendary participant of the sport of mixed martial arts, or ‘MMA’. Ortiz’s career has been mostly within the Ultimate Fighting Competition organization. A former Light-Heavyweight UFC champion, Ortiz has become one of the sport’s shining stars, headlining pay per view championship events and appearing on the covers of various magazines, such as Black Belt Magazine. He is a native of Huntington Beach, California and is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Tito Ortiz is recognized as a charismatic and controversial fighter and has also acted in several films and television series. Whatever the opinions of Ortiz, he undeniably is both a showman and a talented athlete.

TITO ORTIZ OFFERS TO HOLD OFF-BASE CALIFORNIA FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR MARINES WITH JENNA JAMESON

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2006-11-08

ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMP TITO ORTIZ OFFERS TO HOLD OFF-BASE CALIFORNIA FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR MARINES WITH JENNA JAMESON

LOS ANGELES – (November 8, 2006) – Tito Ortiz, the mixed martial arts champion who was dis-invited from a Marine Base dance because he wanted to bring his girlfriend adult crossover star Jenna Jameson, says he will accept an invitation to hold a special event for Marines off base and with Ms. Jameson.

The Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, CA withdrew an invitation to Ortiz to speak as the guest of honor at a November 12th “birthday” ball when the brass discovered that he intended to bring his girlfriend. Mr. Ortiz issued the following statement about the situation:

“First and foremost, I was going to tell the Marines that they and not me and my peers, are the Ultimate Fighters, the truly brave. We’re just fighting in a ring to trump each other while they are putting their lives on the line for us and for the ideals that America stands for.

“It was these ideals and these freedoms that motivated me to believe even as a street kid that I could succeed. I deeply honor the fighting men and women who defend our country. I believe that no one should confuse patriotism and loyalty to our troops who are in our hearts every day with other issues — whatever our political party, our feelings about entertainers or even our differences of opinion on the mission of the military.

“Jenna and I feel strongly about this and we understand that my invitation to speak to the Marines and to bring Jenna with me on Nov. 12th was withdrawn not by the men and women who know us, but by pressure they received from others.

“We’ve been asked if we would still attend an off-base fund-raising event on another date and we are happy to do so.”

Mr. Ortiz frequently donates his time and energies to charitable activities. Recently he sponsored an event on his website, www.titoortiz.com, in which 246 people signed in to donate blood and United Blood Services collected 210 blood products that will help save over 440 lives. Records indicate that 110 were first time donors.

About Tito OrtizJacob “Tito” Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is legendary participant of the sport of mixed martial arts, or ‘MMA’. Ortiz’s career has been mostly within the Ultimate Fighting Competition organization. A former Light-Heavyweight UFC champion, Ortiz has become one of the sport’s shining stars, headlining pay per view championship events and appearing on the covers of various magazines, such as Black Belt Magazine. He is a native of Huntington Beach, California and is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Tito Ortiz is recognized as a charismatic and controversial fighter and has also acted in several films and television series. Whatever the opinions of Ortiz, he undeniably is both a showman and a talented athlete.