Tito’s Camp Responds to Shamrock’s Call Out
By Ken Pishna, BoxingInsider.com
In a recent interview with BoxingInsider, Ken Shamrock revealed that UFC president Dana White last week tried to put together a much-anticipated rematch between Shamrock and Tito Ortiz. The two first met at UFC 40, Ortiz won. It was the biggest ratings blockbuster that the UFC has seen since Zuffa LLC took control.
According to Shamrock, White called him proposing the fight and he immediately agreed. To his dismay, a couple of days later, he received another call from the UFC president saying that Ortiz had declined the fight.
Shamrock was very aggravated that Ortiz declined the fight saying that, “I’m tired of listening to Tito Ortiz talk his trash. He talks the talk, but now he’s not going to walk the walk.”
At the time of this article, Ortiz was busy preparing for his upcoming fight on February 5th with Vitor Belfort and unavailable for comment, but his agent Bardia Ghahremani did speak with us.
According to Ghahremani, Ortiz declined the offer not because he’s shying away from Shamrock, but because he wants to do what’s best for his career. “There is no dodging Shamrock. We’re not jumping into the situation because Ken calls Tito out,” said Ghahremani. “We need to make sure that whatever we do, it’s the right situation for Tito. Ken has a lot to gain. [His loss to Tito] is a black mark on his camp. Tito has nothing to gain [by fighting Shamrock again].”
The fight with Belfort is also the last fight on Ortiz’s current contract with the UFC. Is it possible that he might be contemplating leaving the UFC for the first time in his career? Maybe, maybe not.
“Tito is a free agent after this fight. Shamrock is a great opportunity… but we’re looking at the best opportunity for Tito,” commented Ghahremani. “There are plenty of opportunities with other leagues. We want to work with the UFC… we’re going to keep talking about it. As far as Tito goes, we want to make sure it’s the right situation for him.”
Ken Pishna is a regular contributor to BoxingInsider.com