In the aftermath of UFC 121, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has released Patrick Cote as well as Gabriel Gonzaga. There is a third fighter that is probably breaking out in a cold sweat every time he hears his phone ring and that fighter is former UFC champion Tito Ortiz.
In the following slides I present the case in favor of releasing Ortiz from the UFC.
Cote was released after three straight losses.
Gonzaga was released after two consecutive losses.
Ortiz has lost three in a row. Worse for Ortiz is the fact that he has not won a fight since October of 2006. His record after that win is 0-4-1.
So, going strictly on numbers he needs to be released.
This was just a stunningly dumb comment, just embarrassing that he could say this, let alone believe it...
"I noticed uh, he’s deaf so he has a soft head. You people don’t know this. You watch how Franklin knocked him out quick. You hit um’ with small shots because their equilibrium, they don’t have equilibrium..."
Matt Hamill handled Ortiz rather easily at UFC 121. For his trouble, Hamill was paid $58,000. Of that amount, $29,000 was a win bonus. Ortiz was paid $250,000, second only to Brock Lesnar's $400,000.
There is no way that the Tito Ortiz of today is worth $250,000 per fight.
While he is not fully irrelevant, he is well on his way to being there.
He's not a threat to win another title.
He's not a fighter that can carry a fight card on his own (and his salary says he should be able to do so).
There's no fighters saying, "I want to fight Tito Ortiz next."
Much like Chuck Liddell, the only person that thinks Tito Ortiz is championship material is Tito Ortiz.
I'm sure Dana White does. I'm not saying this would be a factor in the decision, but...