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Tito Ortiz compares UFC employment to slavery, Dana White fires back at the 'slave to stupidity’

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz and company president Dana White are at it again, as the two former business partners trade verbal jabs at one another.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz haven't had the best relationship over the last decade, with the two going back-and-forth in the media, hurling insults at one another.

And you would think that now that the two have parted ways for good, the bickering between them would stop, right?


During an interview with Sports Illustrated, Ortiz compared his time competing for White's mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion to "slavery," while labeling its head honcho one of the "biggest bullies" in the business.

Yes, really:

"I thought slavery was over a long time ago. It's just one of those things where you can't trust a word the man says. And when you can't do that, how can you work for him? When you work for a person and they're badmouthing you no matter what, how can you work for them? When you apologize for the things that did happen and he still goes behind your back and says things about you, for no reason at all. Dana's thing now is bullying and he is one of the biggest bullies in the business. He's a big bully. One of these days, karma, it always come back around."

Not one to bite his tongue, White responded to his former fighter's comments during a media scrum by attacking "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy's" intellect.

His words:

"Now I'm a fucking slave master, or whatever Tito called me. That fucking buffoon. How about this fucking moron coming out and saying he was a slave. Do you even know...I shouldn't even ask that question if he knows what being a slave means, because he's one of the dumbest motherfuckers you will ever meet. Seriously. He's a slave to stupidity is what he is."

Ortiz ended his rocky relationship with his longtime employer on a three-fight skid, dropping consecutive fights to Rashad Evans, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Forrest Griffin before signing on with UFC's biggest competitor, Bellator MMA, earlier this year.

Tito will make his return to the cage on Nov. 2, 2013 as he takes on another UFC castaway, Quinton Jackson, at Bellator 106, an event that will mark the Viacom-owned company's first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) venture, from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California.

And White, for one, won't stay home on a Saturday night and pay to watch two "bozos" duke it out.

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