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You don’t win the belt, the UFC loans it to you

 (funny enough, these girls apparently own the belt just as much as the guys who win them)

The story of the UFC threatening to sue Tito over wearing his UFC belt on the cover of his book just gets better and better. MMA Payout has the clause in the UFC contract relating to the use of the belt:

Unless Fighter receives prior written approval from ZUFFA, Fighter shall not utilize any of ZUFFA’s intellectual property rights, including, but not limited to, the names and marks “Ultimate Fighting Championship,” the “Octagon,” “Ultimate Fighting,” “Ultimate Fighter,” and any logos, pictures or other representations of ZUFFA’s intellectual property.

Without limiting the scope of this prohibition, Fighter expressly agrees to not use an UFC championship belt without the prior written approval of ZUFFA, and further agrees that any such belt he obtains is on loan and will at all times remain the property of ZUFFA. Upon ZUFFA’s written request, the belt must be returned within forty-eight (48) hours to ZUFFA. (emphasis added)

Tito Ortiz is quickly learning what Frank Shamrock and Randy Couture already know: that just because you’re done with the UFC, it doesn’t mean they’re done with you.

  • Elfenstein

    i find this sad – the clause should only be if the holder was caught testing positive for steroids etc . -

  • garth

    there was an article attached to that rack?

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    Because it would be an absolutely awesome idea for the UFC heavyweight belt to be unified with the WWE heavyweight championship.


    Seriously, get off your Tito kick and start thinking.

  • fightlinker

    Yes, because that’s EXACTLY WHAT HE’S DOING WITH IT OMG!

  • pauli

    didn’t dan severn try that?

  • Guy LaFleur

    Do you rent the girls or are they loaners?

  • hbdale309

    I remember Ricco sold his UFC belt on Ebay just recently, or tried to at least – not sure if anyone bought it(pricey as hell). Matt Hughes turned one of his multitude of UFC belts into a decoration for his 4 wheeler or something. Also, Randy has a room with like 7 UFC belts that he’s won over the last 7 yrs… I wonder if Dana wants those back. Hmmmm

  • Spork

    In the Rampage interview he mentions that you only get to keep belts for successful title defenses. So I guess the one he got from Chuck was on loan and once he beat Henderson he was given one.

  • MarleyMarl

    I didn’t know that they gave an extra belt for every title defense. That’s pretty cool though, I wonder how much they are worth.