Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is engaged in active contract negotiations with Affliction, though his demands are so steep that the potential contract is “not feasible” for the MMA promotion and a deal with the outspoken 205-pound fighter will not be done in time for Ortiz to compete at Affliction “Day of Reckoning” in October against Renato “Babalu” Sobral as expected, according to MMA Weekly.
From the report:
“…negotiations are now underway with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. Affliction COO Michael Cohen confirmed that Ortiz is free to negotiate with the upstart company, and was working on a deal with Ortizâ€™s lawyers.
As of yet, few details on the negotiation exist, but Atencio initially said the dollar signs associated with the record-breaking contract are the major sticking point.
â€œWeâ€™ve got a contract, and itâ€™s just not feasible,â€ Atencio said.
Atencio gave no timetable for the potential signing, but Cohen said he did not expect a deal to be reached in time for Afflictionâ€™s â€œDay Of Reckoningâ€ at the Thomas and Mack Center on Oct. 11 in Las Vegas.”
Ortiz is 15-6-1 in his professional MMA career but has not won since an October 2006 first-round TKO victory over Ken Shamrock.