Ortiz, Shamrock ‘off the Record’ vs. UFC

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The sentiment expressed in “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” goes back 2,500 years, and was on display as former rivals Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock appeared on Michael Landsberg’s “Off The Record.” The show airs on TSN Network in Canada, the equivalent to ESPN in the United States, and was marketed as .interview that was marketed as the pair ready to ‘expose the truth’ about UFC president Dana White.

However the pair faced some sharp questioning from Landsberg, and the truth that was exposed appears to be that they each wish they had been paid more. Wishing you got paid is a firly widely held view, thus is not generally considered to be a secret.

Former UFC champion Frank Shamrock had been scheduled to appear on the show as well, but was unable to for technical reasons.

“Dana White is an excellent promoter,” said Ortiz. “He goes out and promotes the sport for what it is. But he’s not the one getting in the cage, that’s entertaining the fans who are watching and buying the pay-per views.”

“Fighters are the ones who are stepping in and putting our lives on the line and (providing) entertainment for fans to watch the fights.”

“Myself and Ken were probably the ones who sold the biggest pay-per- view fights to date.”

49-year old Ken Shamrock echoed a similar sentiment.
“If Dana White didn’t have you, Chuck, me or Frank – for him to be able to make the money off our back, our sweat, our blood. Where would he be?” asked Shamrock. “Without the charisma and talent that we, Dana wouldn’t have a job right now. “

Shamrock has a three-year-old, $175,000 legal judgement hanging over him, that a court ruled is owed to the UFC. When pressed on the matter, Shamrock said that the UFC should owe the fighters money.

“I can’t really talk much on it,” said Shamrock. “It’s a legal thing. And right now, it’s still being worked on. It’s kind of funny when people talk about owing. If you look at how much money was made in the UFC when I was there, and the buy rates that were being brought in, and the idea that Dana White was going under when I came in. I told him that I promise you that these buy rates will jump over 100,000. He didn’t believe me. Then lied to me about what the buy rates were because he didn’t want to pay me what I was supposed to get. So when you talk about someone owing you money … it kind of really makes me angry.”

“If anybody owes money, he owes the fighters money.”

When asked if he thought his compensation by the UFC had been reasonable, Ortiz shook his head no.

“Reasonably?” asked Ortiz. “Not Reasonably. I’m well off for the surgeries that I’ve had. And the things I got to look forward to when I’m fifty, sixty years old, no.”

“I look at a guy like Floyd Mayweather who makes 42 million dollars for a pay-per-view.  What am I doing different that this guy is doing? I’m not just sparring, I’m going there trying to hurt a guy.

“I think you’re forgetting we’re the fighters, we’re putting on the show.”

Ortiz will fight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event of Bellator’s PPV debut on November 2nd. When asked if he was ready, Ortiz, who is in a well-publicized separation from partner Jenn Jameson, responded in the affirmative.

“My mind’s straight,” said Ortiz. “My body’s straight.”

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