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Tito’s in against Rashad after all


iamphoenix’s updated UFC 133 poster

Despite initial reports that Tito Ortiz turned down and Lyoto Machida accepted the offer to step in for the injured Phil Davis against Rashad Evans at UFC 133, it turns out that opposite is happening.  To hear Dana White tell it, Machida initially agreed to the fight, but then demanded an Anderson Silva-sized payday, to which Dana responded pretty much how you’d expect.

“Machida accepted the fight,” White told MMAjunkie.com. “We knew for a couple days this was going down, and Machida accepted the fight. Then when we called back and said, ‘OK, we’re going to make this fight,’ Machida’s people came back and said, ‘We’ll tell you what. You pay us what you pay Anderson Silva, and we’ll take the fight.’ This was after they had already agreed to take the fight.

“I said, ‘Are you [expletive] kidding me? I’ll tell you what. You tell Machida (if) he achieves what [expletive] Anderson Silva has achieved, then maybe he’ll make Anderson Silva money. Have a nice day.'”

As far as I can tell, both Lyoto and Anderson are currently getting the same $200K flat rate per fight… so I guess Anderson’s getting a healthy PPV cut while Lyoto’s getting a much smaller one or none at all.  Anyway, according to Lyoto’s wife Fabyola, it was his commitment to “professionalism” that made him turn down such a short-notice fight, and doing otherwise would have been “silliness”.  Uh huh.  I suspect he would have weird here. It’s like I’m dealing with a new person. I like it. I like the new Tito.

“The storyline is what’s so interesting. Tito went from, ‘You’re about to be cut,’ to now, if he beats Rashad Evans, he’s back in the mix. He’s back in the picture.”

So win or lose, Tito’s gonna be around for at least one more fight after Rashad, which should be more than enough time for us to determine whether he’s really “back” or if the Bader win was just kind of a fluke.  Either way, please no more gravedigger routines, kay?

  • Blackula Jonez

    Ryan must be out of his mind, the gravedigger was one of the best parts of the fight, then again he did think Urijah won 4 rounds of the main event.

     

    So after getting a six figure kotn bonus the Dragon wants more $$$, maybe this is par for the course for main event level fighters?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    What I’m trying to figure out is if this was the decision of his wife or the same management Cigano just walked away from?

    Phoenix rocked it with the poster.

  • frickshun

    That’s the side of fighter’s that need management to explain that “helping the company” is much better for their careers than worrying about a short camp or the potential to lose their fucking place in line for the title shot.

    MORONS.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    He’s not in line for a title shot, but before this he was “in the mix.”  He beat Handy after losing two in a row.  This fight would’ve gotten him a shitle tot, now he’s on Dana’s shit list.  He shouldn’t have agreed and then pulled-out.  He fucked up.

  • Blackula Jonez

    We need more details on this because isn’t Tito a much more expensive fighter than Andypants and Pissbreath combined?

    Rashad is on the high end of the payscale too, like the doesn’t get win bonuses side of the pay scale (quarter mil win or lose i think) there are no discount fighters at the top of 205.

  • CAP

    I didn’t really care for the Davis/Evans match up anyway so this is a little more compelling to me. Why not. MMA is crazy and so is a Tito comeback.

    Don’t grab the cage.

  • CAP

    *great work as usual Phoenix!

  • Monstrosity

    that poster is fucking GOLD!

  • frickshun

    That poster is fucking pyrite!!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    We need more details on this because isn’t Tito a much more expensive fighter than Andypants and Pissbreath combined?

    I think it’s more an issue of saying he’d do it and then calling back and demanding more money.  If he had asked for Tito’s pay before accepting, maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad?

  • iamphoenix

    OMAGOOODDDD mah posters on the front page…derp. thanks for the empty kind words assholes!

    no jk

    i less than 3 all of you.

  • frickshun

    ^^Ha!! Ironically, Jake is the much more polished artist but your shit is 10x funnier. Something about your style makes the corners of my mouth go up & form a sort of “u” shape. What do you call that?

  • CAP

    ^I think butt kisser is the word your looking for. All good in this case.

  • frickshun

  • G Funk

    The point of that gif flew over ma head.

  • CAP

    Steez!

  • frickshun

    G–>Cap’s a sk8r boi. I’m sucking up to him!! Here’s something for you, G:

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Jake’s got tighter inking, but Fenix’ overall form and emotion is stronger as are his color design skeels. Plus his style doesn’t need tight inking.  Y’all should peep his deviantart if you haven’t already.  Fun shit on there.

  • CAP

    Those are some sick moves! I’m talking about the dog.

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