by: Kelvin Hunt
If the reports are true, then Tito Ortiz is back on the market as a free agent. A few weeks ago Ortiz told Sports Illustrated that he had signed a ground breaking deal with Affliction. However, that story turned out to be false with new reports that Tito Ortiz is again negotiating with the UFC. If Ortiz does in fact sign with the UFC, recent bouts have proven that he is not a top tier LHW anymore. The only marketable matches left for him in the division is a rematch with Wanderlei Silva, and a rematch with current champ Forrest Griffin. Ortiz isn’t even close to earning a title shot, so a match with Wanderlei Silva is the only big money fight for him there.
Ortiz has always been a huge LHW fighter standing around 6’2″ and walking around at over 220lbs. In fact, he has commented that he would move to the HW division if the money was right. The UFC HW divison is relatively thin, and adding a name like Ortiz to the mix would give it a much needed boost. The relatively weak division would also give Ortiz the fast track to a title shot. Here’s a list of possible matchups: