"UFC is not out of the picture.... There's a possibility -- I don't know. I had a conversation with Dana last week, me and him spoke ... we were really, really good friends at a point, best friends at a point, and everything got mucked up because of the fight game.... I wanted to be a man and squash things between me and him and wish him luck in his journeys and he did the same to me. So we kind of amended and squashed things, which is great. Dana showed the kind of person he is by apologizing to me and vice versa.... I'm very thankful for Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta from the UFC and I'm glad that me and Dana (White) kind of got to brush each other off. We may not still like each other or whatever but we came to amends -- which is awesome. I gotta thank Strikeforce for giving me an opportunity and I want to thank Affliction for giving me an opportunity."
--Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and current Zuffa exile Tito Ortiz tells TapouT Radio that while he still won't be exchanging Christmas cards with the UFC President, he and Dana White have patched things up after many years of back-and-forth squabbling. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" has always had a amicable relationship with the Fertittas -- is it possible that Lorenzo flew to Huntington Beach to reclaim the surgically repaired 205-pound star like his did last month with Mirko Cro Cop? And with UFC 103 still needing an opponent for rumored headliner Rich "Ace" Franklin, could they shock the world of MMA by pairing him up with a new and improved Ortiz? Opinions please.
UPDATE: White confirms that he and Ortiz did indeed recently smooth things over via Twitter.com:
"Yes tito and I made up. Doesn't mean he's back it means we aren't smashing each other anymore and we don't hate each other."
Let's see how long that lasts ... the soap opera continues. Stay tuned.