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Old 04-09-2007, 08:58 AM   #1
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Anyone, Is this a Joke?

Saw commercials for Dana White VS Tito Ortiz fight.

Is this real?
Does Dana have any history of fighting?
What is going on here?

Spike schedule for the prefight promo:
Countdown to Dana vs. Tito
Premiere: Thursday, 4/12 at 11:00pm
Reairs: Friday, 4/13 at 12:00am and Saturday, 4/14 at 2:00pm
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:22 AM   #2
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Ok, I answered some of my own questions.
So this is a exhibition boxing match.
Dana was a semi-pro boxer before becoming a businessman.
Supposedly he still trains hard, like a boxer.

Is this good or bad? I'm not sure.

If Dana does win he may proves Pretty boy Floyde Mayweathers comments.
If he doesn't it really proves nothing.

I just wonder if this is good attention towards UFC.

I keep picturing the Hulk Hogan VS Rocky Balboa fight.
I know that wasn't real, but what else compares to this?

But it is interesting and it did get my attention. They say any press is good press.
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:54 AM   #3
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Dana did some amateur fights and was a boxercise instructor.

And the fight between he and Tito hasn't happened and probably won't -- there ended up being some disagreement between the two of them on the business arrangements and the fight fell through. They both have totally different stories on what happened. This is what Tito posted on his MySpace about the situation:

"More news!!

I just got off the phone with The Scott Ferrall show( Sirius radio). He said the fight with Dana was going to be for charity! That is the first time that has ever been brought to my attention that this fight was in any way shape or form going to be viewed by the public, or any proceeds made and given to a charity house. All of my fans know that I spend a huge amount of my time dedicated to charities. I help under priveleged childred, do bi-annual blood drives and many many other things that come from my heart. This wasn't about charity. This is obviously about Dana White trying to save face. He did not want this fight to be viewed by you ( the public) for fear of being punked. I came up with the idea to box Dana, and he agreed wholeheartedly. and dealpoints were discussed. We came to the conclusion that the training would be filmed and shown on Spike TV and the fight would be aired for PPV on UFC's website and punishment.com. He then , a week before... pulled the plug, without an explaination. Well, to me THAT is punking out. And now he has the balls to try to lie and say it was initially for charity? That is LOW, VERY LOW.
I have been getting paid for fighting the last 10 years. Im not going to start fighting for free now. But I will box Dana's head for free if it goes to charity. Im trying to fight for what I believe in and I get held down on a consistent basis by Dana. Jealousy? I don't know. But it isn't right. I feel sorry for all the fighters that get taken advantage of, but I will not be that guy. I have gotten quite a few very negative comments by people here on my site, and it bothers me since I really go out of my way to do the right thing, not only for me, but for my family. This is not a hobby for me, it"s my Career! PERIOD! If I don't look out for myself no one will. Love me or Hate me, I will still be fighting, kicking and taking names. I've been doing it for the last ten years.. and I will continue to dominate and be the best man I can be.
Tito Ortiz"
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:23 PM   #4
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Well I know Spike is promoting it up.
The pre-fight show is also listed on the UFC site.

They have a special this week, see above. Maybe they will promote it till that airs then break the news that it won't be happening.

Maybe this way Dana will make Tito look bad. Who knows what's going through their minds.

They might not want to waste good tape.


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Old 04-09-2007, 03:00 PM   #5
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Yeah, I've seen the commercials for the special, as well, and I think it's a little odd they're promoting something that doesn't even happen.

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Old 04-09-2007, 03:13 PM   #6
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As Dana white, I don't see the benefit of doing it. Make some money for charity could be it. Otherwise seems pointless.
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Old 04-09-2007, 03:30 PM   #7
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There's a whole history between the two of them that led up to this point -- the rumor was that when Tito negotiated his last contract he had written into the contract that he would get to fight Dana.
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:31 PM   #8
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From what I've read,the Spike pre fight show, will be Tito and Dana training. They followed them around as they were training as part of the build up for the fight. Since the fight is a no go, and they already have the footage they are going to air what they have. Seems kind of anticlimactic to me.
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Old 04-09-2007, 05:56 PM   #9
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I saw the ads on my DVR when I got back from a trip. I thought is was an Aprils Fools joke that aired on the 1st.
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Old 04-09-2007, 06:18 PM   #10
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Tito is becoming the John Rocker of MMA. His mouth will soon far surpass his talent fighting.

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