UFC president Dana White and Tito Ortiz have had a very public very intense battle of words in which they have both personally attacked one another. At one point Ortiz stated that he would never fight for the UFC again; however, that statement was made before Ortiz spoke with other organizations about fighting outside of the UFC. He has yet to sign with any of them and now appears to be negotiating with the UFC again.
“As part of his contract, he goes out and … I don’t know, something to do with his contract, but he’s still got his foot in the door with his contract,” White told USA Today. “As part of our business practice in this crazy world these days, we — let me think how I can word this to you. I always say, we make this thing look a lot easier than it really is, and we’re definitely not going to make it easy for anybody else. We’re going to make things tough for other people.”
White went on to confirm that the UFC has negotiating rights with Ortiz which would make it difficult for other organizations to sign him.
“Yup, and I’m going take them.”
Despite what’s been said, White feels that the two can work together professionally, even if they don’t see eye to eye personally.
“Listen, me and Tito didn’t say anything worse than what we said before he came back and became a coach on The Ultimate Fighter. Tito and I do not like each other. We do not. It’s 100% real, we don’t like each other at all, but it doesn’t mean we haven’t done business together before.”