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Post by fka on Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:58 pm



If you were to compile a list of fighters most likely to participate in a class-action lawsuit against the UFC, Tito Ortiz’s name would almost definitely be on it, most MMA fans and insiders would surmise.

Maybe even at the top of it.

Ortiz, after all, repeatedly battled over the years with UFC President Dana White over workplace demands, at one point agreeing to settle their problems with fists by stepping in a boxing ring. Although that bizarre proposition never came to pass, the pair maintained a public rivalry over the years, sniping at each other in the media.

It came as little surprise, then, that when confirmation of the suit’s existence first surfaced, speculation immediately pointed to Ortiz as a plaintiff. The rumors were strong enough that his longtime lawyer, George Prajin, preemptively denied Ortiz’s participation in a text message sent to MMAjunkie before the suit’s public announcement on Tuesday.

That doesn’t mean Oritz wasn’t asked, though.

While Ortiz repeatedly declined any comment on the matter in an interview today with MMAjunkie, Prajin subsequently confirmed that the UFC Hall of Famer and current Bellator MMA star was indeed approached to be a plaintiff in the litigation, which alleges that UFC parent company Zuffa LLC engaged in anti-competitive practices for its own exploitative gain and at the expense of fighters and the MMA industry.

“Yes, (he was approached),” Prajin said. “He felt that it was just best to not be a part of that suit.”

Prajin said that approximately a year-and-a-half ago, he and Ortiz first met with Rob Maysey, a chief architect of the litigation filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Northern California.

Although Maysey left a positive impression on Prajin and Ortiz, the meeting was not a success for him, Prajin said. While Ortiz was “intrigued” by a challenge in court of Zuffa, Prajin said, he did not want his name to be front and center on the lawsuit, despite a contentious past with the fight promotion.

“Obviously, everybody wants a better situation for the fighters, as far as pay and benefits,” Prajin said. “But Tito just felt that at that particular time, he wanted to opt out.


http://mmajunkie.com/2014/12/ex-champ-tito-ortiz-was-approached-to-participate-in-ufc-class-action-suit-and-declined

Imo he took good legal advice...

Tito made alot of money and if they win the lawsuit he gets money anyway.
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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by God of Thunder on Sat Dec 20, 2014 3:43 pm

Tito dislikes Zuffa but doesn´t want to put focus outside his upcoming fights.
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Post by Hamilcar on Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:45 pm

Tito is an idiot.

I wasn't there for when Tito was active in the UFC, but when I hear about his past and Dana White always bringing up Tito Ortiz as his go to example of people he hated but worked with I feel that their rivalry was all manufactured or exaggerated WCW shenanigans.  I don't think Ortiz hates Dana White and the UFC enough to sue them.  Plus, the lawsuit is mostly about the UFC being a monopoly/monopsoly.  I don't think Ortiz knows what it all means.
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Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:54 pm

Dana White was Tito's manager at one point before the Fertitta's bought the UFC.

I think Tito and Dana dislike each other but alot of it is hype for fights.

If anything Tito was treated better than the rest of the fighters and protected by ownership when he was in the UFC. He was the star fighter and main marketed fighter for a long time for Zuffa.
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Post by Rocksoldier84 on Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:55 pm

I'm not surprised by this. I think Tito just hates Dana and that's it. When he had problems with the UFC, I don't think it was about money for the most part or with the Ferrtitas or Joe Silva. He seems like he liked the UFC but just couldn't stand Dana White.
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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by fka on Sun Dec 21, 2014 6:12 pm

Exactly

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Post by stu3ufc on Sun Dec 21, 2014 6:55 pm

both of them are idiots

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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:29 pm

Well said Stu
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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by Rocksoldier84 on Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:57 am

Wrong. It's not stupid at all. In the long run, it does the lawsuit good to not have Ortiz involved since that would open a can of worms. In the end, it's supposed to be about anti-trust and Ortiz is more about hating Dana. The UFC would use Ortiz to their advantage as they would argue he doesn't care about what the others want and is more for it to get back at Dana.
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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by fka on Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:26 pm

Exactly.....again lol rocksoldier holdin it down!!!

Thanks i could use a break lmao

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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by stu3ufc on Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:17 pm

fka wrote:Exactly.....again lol rocksoldier holdin it down!!!

Thanks i could use a break lmao

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holding down what?

i DGAF what tito does. I hope MMA dies soon.

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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by iforgotmypassword on Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:28 pm

topking > lawsuit

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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by stu3ufc on Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:34 pm

iforgotmypassword wrote:topking > lawsuit

TKWS is taking over!

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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by Rocksoldier84 on Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:51 pm

stu3ufc wrote:
fka wrote:Exactly.....again lol rocksoldier holdin it down!!!

Thanks i could use a break lmao

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holding down what?

i DGAF what tito does. I hope MMA dies soon.

Then why are you here? Do you have a life? Seriously, if you don't like MMA then don't comment on MMA topics.
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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by iforgotmypassword on Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:20 pm

Combat sports vs MMA was a war that we started. Fka lost. We won. Soon mma is getting deaded entirely from the board.


No topking no LIFE


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Post by rezin on Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:03 pm

I disagree iforgotmypassword. You did not start this war.

MMA fans started this war a long time ago when they crowned mma as the pinnacle of combat sports,
putting down all other combat sports with golden catch phrases like "In mma he would be taken down
and submitted" as well as my personal favorite "He should sign with ufc".

It seemed like an easy war to win. After all boxing was dead and the only thing good about k1 and MT
was that they would feed mma with quality strikers. That would then be taken down and submitted.

Because that's what you do with strikers. You take them down and you submit them.

Without the awesome Japanese power of Pride, the easy war turned into a quagmire and is now all but lost.
By default. MMA did it to it's self. No external enemies were even needed.

Gentlemen, because I like and admire most of you, please listen to my advice.

If you ever find your self in a street fight and you opponent is a striker, do not try to strike with him.

Take him down and submit him.

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Post by iforgotmypassword on Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:53 pm

yeah according to the bros Ronda Rousey is a DEADLY striker now and ranked P4P number 7 in MMA. That's right number 7.



Sounds like these MMA bros know their striking

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Post by iforgotmypassword on Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:57 pm

JDS thinks he can beat Klitschko too.




A wrestler did this to him. Imagine what Klits would do.

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Post by westcott123 on Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:44 am

iforgotmypassword wrote:JDS thinks he can beat Klitschko too.




A wrestler did this to him. Imagine what Klits would do.
what is even more amazing stupid fans thought he could beat klitschko
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Post by westcott123 on Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:02 am

rezin wrote:I disagree iforgotmypassword. You did not start this war.

MMA fans started this war a long time ago when they crowned mma as the pinnacle of combat sports,
putting down all other combat sports with golden catch phrases like "In mma he would be taken down
and submitted" as well as my personal favorite "He should sign with ufc".

It seemed like an easy war to win. After all boxing was dead and the only thing good about k1 and MT
was that they would feed mma with quality strikers. That would then be taken down and submitted.

Because that's what you do with strikers. You take them down and you submit them.

Without the awesome Japanese power of Pride, the easy war turned into a quagmire and is now all but lost.
By default. MMA did it to it's self. No external enemies were even needed.

Gentlemen, because I like and admire most of you, please listen to my advice.

If you ever find your self in a street fight and you opponent is a striker, do not try to strike with him.

Take him down and submit him.
I 100% agree with you mma is not dead but it has leveled off . Mma is  no longer the next big thing in combat sports and some people who were fans are leaving and going onto something else .That is why zuffa need to loose this law suit because we need competion in mma . I bet if there is another pride/ufc rivalry the pay  of the ufc  guys  whether they are on the undercard or main event would rise really quickly . And as for the whole kickboxing thing jerome le banner don frye shows what happens when a mma guy fights a high level striker under k1 rules .
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Re: Tito was approached to participate in lawsuit and declined

Post by CDF47 on Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:01 pm

I thought Tito would join this for sure.

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