Tito Ortiz has a message for Dana White: It does not concern you.
After White unleashed Ortiz's trilogy with Chuck Liddell, "The Bad Boy of Huntington Beach" turned to Twitter to defend his recent offer (via Instagram).
Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter of Ortiz and the Golden Boy, has made compensation a central part of Saturday's battle buildup, which resulted in a first-round knockout for Ortiz.
Whites responded to De La Hoya's view that the UFC president should not tell a fighter when to retire, telling the retired boxer: "This is what we call friendship, you, cokehead. "
White then exploded on Ortiz, who once represented half of his clientele as a combat leader before taking the reins of the UFC. Recurring targets, the two women nearly quarreled an exhibition before arranging everything and falling back.
Tito says, "Hey, you want to get paid, go to the Golden Boy MMA," said White. "Are you kidding me? Hey, my brother, wait a few months until everything happens. Everyone will be chasing everyone in a few months. There was no money earned there. "
In an interview with MMAjunkie Monday, Ortiz estimated that last Saturday's event had already reached 200,000 pay-per-view purchases. While actual purchases may take weeks to compile, he was optimistic.
With 400 text messages and 600 missed calls on his phone, he said, the interest for him was superior to all his fights under the Bellator banner.
"Because of the hatred I receive and, of course, the support I receive," he said. "It's more than I ever had when I fought Chael (Sonnen) and we made crazy numbers on free TV with Chael. When I fought against Stephan Bonnar, he quadrupled one of those guys.
"I'm not saying we're even over 500,000," he added. "But we are approaching, I would be very happy."
Ortiz said his salary, the highest in his career, remained his second fight against Liddell at UFC 66, which would have netted $ 2.9 million. But it was under a different revenue sharing agreement; under Golden Boy, he stated that he would share the benefits of pay-per-view with Liddell.
"It would be close enough (at my best salary)," said Ortiz. "For the paid session, if we could make 1.3 million purchases, it would be a rotten house out of the park.
"I'm just grateful at the end of the day for being here to play as I did, and I was able to silence Chuck and all the fans. I was able to stay in glory for the rest of my life because I always wanted this fight of redemption. I have always wanted to have the opportunity to show that I am the best fighter when I am in good health. "
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