Former WBA and WBC reigning champion says a show between him and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion collapsed over money.
Looks like Tito Ortiz may have been seeking a piece of Conor McGregor’s crossover spotlight.. Former UFC Champion-turned-city councilor recently entered the cage against infamous WWE superstar Alberto El Patron again in December of 2019.. That match was his first in Combate and the second since an exceptionally short-lived retirement was announced in 2017.
And while conversations about Ortiz’s future fights have been largely quiet (due in part to his new political career), it turns out that he nearly teetered into a whole new side of martial arts.. Former team wrestler, professional wrestler and longtime MMA fighter appears to have been tapped to take his first step into the boxing ring this fall on the bottom card of Mike Tyson’s upcoming match against Roy Jones Jr..
That’s according to the man who was supposed to be Ortiz’s opponent in a planned show fight, former WBC Middleweight Champion and WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Badou Jack. Jack revealed the news in a recent interview with Just Scrap Radio. Unfortunately, the talks seem to have broken down very early in the negotiation process (transcript via BJPenn. Com).
“In the beginning, they were talking about doing an exhibition boxing match against Tito Ortiz. I was sure about it, and Ortiz wanted a lot of money and didn’t want my warriors, so it was scratched, » Jack revealed. Or at least that’s what I heard. It doesn’t make any sense to drop the weight for an exhibition, so we then decided to find a cruiser weight and set it aside for charity and found this guy..
“This was mostly just conversations,” Jack continued. “He’s a little older and retired so I’m not sure what happened. I don’t follow mixed martial arts and then they said it was going to be a real fight. I can’t fight an MMA fighter in a boxing match. Unless big money. Unless it’s a huge name and a big financial battle, it makes sense. Why do I fight the MMA man? this is not fair.
This isn’t the first time Ortiz is said to be out on bail in boxing. The once infamous « Huntington Beach Bad Boy » was about to throw hands with Dana White after the two men got into an altercation during a trip to Japan.. He even got to the point in 2007 that White was supposedly training actively for the match, before saying Ortiz had backed out..
With the battle of Ortiz officially knocked off the table, Jack (22-3-3) is now ready to take on the unbeaten boxer Blake McKiernan 13-0. The 33-year-old McKiernan would drop from 200lbs to 188lbs to meet Jack in the light heavyweight division.. Jack fought WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal in his last loss on December 28 of last year.
“My team told me he was talking crazy, so I wonder who’s been overlooking who,” Jack said of McKiernan during a press hosted by Ariel Confectioner. “And that” I was not in the ring with someone like that? « I just, come on, man. ». You’ve fought 8 world champions in a row, this guy is a club level fighter.
In a recent interview with Sacramento B, McKiernan made his confidence take the fight clearly and clearly..
McKiernan said, « I can’t win, I know I’ll win ». « I don’t want to say it sounds arrogant, but some people either bend under pressure, or act on the line and rise to the occasion.
That kind of trash talk might be fine and fine, but as any long-time fighting fan can tell you, there’s nothing on what Tito Ortiz can bring to the table.
Mike Tyson Vs.. Roy Jones Jr.. It is set to kick off as an 8-round exhibition match on November 28 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.. A cruiserweight match between YouTube star Jake Paul and former NBA player Nate Robinson is set in the joint main event.
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