While we promised not to cover any more of the verbal barbs between Tito Ortiz and Dana White, we didn’t say anything about the inevitable lawsuits. I guess the first thing Bald Daddy did on the Monday after UFC 84 was head on down to the legal department and order his evil horde of bloodsucking lawyers to find him a way to sue the pants off Tito. And while Tito’s pants may stay intact for the moment, they’re working on taking away his belt:
MMAPayout.com has learned that Tito Ortiz was recently served a cease and desist request from the UFC. The subject of the complaint was the cover of Ortiz’s recently released autobiography, entitled This is Going to Hurt. The book’s cover features Ortiz wearing the UFC Light Heavyweight Title is intellectual property of the UFC. As such, its use in promotional materials requires the company’s approval per the terms of its standard contract.
Now I want to make sure everyone knows what this lawsuit is about: It’s because Tito is wearing his UFC Light Heavyweight belt. You know … the one he defended a record five times? Yeah … as far as the UFC is concerned, the belt is their intellectual property and can’t appear in any promotional material without their consent.
I have to tip my hats to the UFC: this is some evil ass shit. It’s so evil, it’s awesome. It literally made me glad to not be Tito, the same way those Africa Charity commercials make me glad to not live in Africa. Now I know why everyone tippy-toes around the UFC and tucks their dicks all the time. If you piss them off, they will fuck your shit up.