UFC light heavyweight Tito Ortiz had some harsh words for UFC President Dana White and hinted that he might eventually start his own fight promotion when he leaves the UFC. Ortiz discussed both topics while a guest on today’s “Howard Stern Show,” which airs on Sirius as satellite radio’s most popular program.
Ortiz was a guest on the show with his girlfriend, former porn superstar and mogul Jenna Jameson. While much of the interview focused on Jameson and her new book, Stern did ask Ortiz about his current feud with White and plans for the future.
“He’s an egotistical egomaniac,” Ortiz said of White. “He wants to be a fighter and a superstar.
“I’ve worked so hard for (the UFC) and put my ass on the line. I’ve fought injured and with a torn ACL and a bulging disc and still put my ass on the line, and they still don’t show me respect… Dana’s like Don King. The only thing that separates him and Dana White is the color of their skin.”
Ortiz also confirmed that he’ll be a free agent after his May 24 fight with Lyoto Machida. He said he “could” go to work for another organization or even start his own fight promotion when that time comes.
His decision to leave the UFC is based largely on his and other fighters’ pay — an issue Ortiz has spoken about openly for years and that has been well-documented here on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Ortiz believes the UFC is raking in millions with each event while giving a pittance to its fighters.
“They make about $43 million strictly on pay-per-view. That’s not including the revenue of the gate, which is about another $5 million. That’s also not including the merchandising, which is about another 10 to 15 (million dollars),” Ortiz said.
As for life after the UFC, Ortiz said he would love to fight Frank Shamrock. Ortiz and Shamrock are reportedly considering a 10-year-anniversary fight if Ortiz doesn’t re-sign with the UFC. The two fighters first met at UFC 22, where Shamrock defeated Ortiz with a fourth-round submission via strikes.
Ortiz also confirmed that his new autobiography will be called “It’s Going to Hurt” and hits stores in June.
“I’m afraid to let it go,” Ortiz said. “I didn’t hold anything back.”
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