Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Tito Ortiz is managing the career of Cris Cyborg and according to comments from UFC President Dana White, didn't believe a 135-pound title fight against Ronda Rousey at UFC 157 was a good idea. Fans got Liz Carmouche instead.
Even in retirement, Tito Ortiz can still manage to infuriate Dana White.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Champion is now operating Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management Inc., a sports-management agency in Huntington Beach, Calif., representing fighters and athletes, in addition to entertainment artists.
And Cristiane Santos is one of his clients.
When the artist formerly known as "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" got wind of White's plans to pair "Cyborg" against newly-crowned UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, he advised her to pass on the booking until it was more in line with her terms.
"That's the fight that should be happening. Tito Ortiz is her manager, and he advised against it."
Ortiz had what can best be described as an on again, off again relationship with the UFC President. "The People's Champion" was inducted into the promotion's hall of fame prior to his final appearance inside the Octagon in a trilogy fight opposite Forrest Griffin at the UFC 148 extravaganza back in July.
Nothing personal, just business.
Rousey will instead put her strap on the line against Strikeforce import Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157, which emanates from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Feb. 23, 2013. "Rowdy" also told media members at a recent press conference the "Cyborg" fight will happen "eventually."
Assuming Ortiz doesn't put the kibosh on it (again).
In the meantime, the former Strikeforce female featherweight titleholder can work her way down to the 135-pound weight class while scouting out "Rowdy's" performance against the "Girl-Rilla" early next year. What say you, Maniacs, was this the right call by Ortiz?
Or not so much?