Tito Ortiz has a (risky) plan for Cris Cyborg


"I made so many mistakes with my career," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com backstage at UFC 157. "I'm not going to make the same mistakes with my clients."

By clients he means Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, the former Strikeforce women's 145-pound champion who Ortiz represents as part of his foray into the world of fighter management. And by mistakes, he means signing a contract where there's "no future," which is what he claimed the UFC offered his fighter recently. So he turned it down. He opted to sign her to a three-fight deal in Invicta FC instead.

"The reason I thought it was a better idea is because it's called management," Ortiz declared.

"Our deal right now is to fight the No. 2 contender at 145 pounds (Ediane Gomes), who she's fighting, and then she'll fight for the [Invicta] world title," he said. "She wins the world title, and after she wins the title, she'll defend it once. After she defends it once, let's get New Year's Eve, Ronda Rousey vs. Cris 'Cyborg' at 140 pounds. Champ vs. champ. Let's forget about the title. Throw away the title. Let's get one of the biggest pay-per-views in the history of mixed martial arts and history of women's MMA."

See? It's simple. What could go wrong, except about a half-dozen different things.

It's genius if it works. If, by the end of 2013, Cyborg's chewed up three straight opponents in Invicta all while Rousey has dispatched one challenger after another in the UFC, he may well find himself in an excellent negotiating position.

When your financial future hinges on a plan that has zero room for unexpected developments, you're betting an awful lot on an unwavering belief that you know exactly what the future holds. Again, you look brilliant if you turn out to be right. If not, you look like something else entirely.

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tags: UFC   Invicta   Cris Santos   Cyborg   Tito Ortiz (detail)  


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GTFOOHWTBS site profile image  

2/27/13 8:52 PM by GTFOOHWTBS

  From the artcicle...

BigSleep site profile image  

2/27/13 7:58 PM by BigSleep

lol, are you referring to the very real possibility that Dana may not agree to the fight under any circumstances?

stonepony site profile image  

2/27/13 7:58 PM by stonepony

Do you really think it's Tito's idea?... IMO, Tito's idea, his first suggestion, would be to get Cyborg to weight and put her in the UFC where every other fighter wants to be.Tito is representing a fighter. He knows she can make weight, as everybody does. But he serves her, not the other way around. Tito is like Obama's press secretary, trying to polish a turd so he can wave it around and convince everybody how nice and shiny it is... Tito didn't make her cheat. Tito can't force her to stop cheating. Tito can't force her to stop packing on muscle. What is he supposed to do exactly? He has no options.

Chiron site profile image  

2/27/13 6:14 PM by Chiron

Terrible idea on Tito's part. If the UFC didn't co-promote for Fedor, they're definitely not going to do it for Cyborg.

JetSetter site profile image  

2/27/13 6:07 PM by JetSetter

Sounds like Tito is too creative for his own good. I don't see this plan coming together...

GladiatorGannon site profile image  

2/27/13 4:48 PM by GladiatorGannon

That's the least of his problems. His plan wouldn't work if he fulfilled all those conditions tomorrow.

Rahjai site profile image  

2/27/13 3:52 PM by Rahjai

career suicide to have Tito involved with anything to do with your career.

DanEzra site profile image  

2/27/13 3:46 PM by DanEzra

All this to avoid dropping 10lbs.

Willie Makitt site profile image  

2/27/13 3:23 PM by Willie Makitt

Is this plan more risky than the one where she hired Tito to be her manager?

UGCTT_mrzipplokk site profile image  

2/27/13 1:31 PM by UGCTT_mrzipplokk

^two things in response to that last post - 1) Rhonda could make 130 . Fact. 2) Nobody is going to pay Cyborg crap. Not Invicta, nobody. The UFC is the only company with a budget to live on (for a female mmma fighter). If Invicta gives her 10k to fight (which is probably more than what they'll actually pay) take out taxes and Tito's 10% and she can't live on it for 3 months.