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2/16/20 11:18 PM
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Combate Americas fighter and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz has long expressed his love for professional wrestling. In the 90s he told HOOKnSHOOT founder Jeff Osborne that making $300,000 a year rassling sounded pretty good in comparison with doing NHB and becoming an actual thousandaire. In 2005 he was a guest referee for an NWA World Championship match. The same year he refereed a match for TNA's Bound For Glory pay-per-view. And in 2013 he was briefly part of TNA's Aces and Eights storyline.

Most recently, in a TMZ interview, Ortiz implied he was in talks with the WWE. Now Dave Meltzer reports on his Wrestling Observer Radio that that has apparently come to fruition - Ortiz has begun training at the WWE Performance Center.

"Tito Ortiz is training to be a professional wrestler at the Performance Center," said Meltzer, as transcribed by Wrestling News, "He was there all week and I heard great things about his work ethic, his enthusiasm.”

Ortiz is 45, has a history of serious neck and back issues, so is not likely to do more than a few professional wrestling bouts. And he signed a multi-fight a contract with Comabte in June of 2019, so will presumably be straddling both worlds at some point in the not too distant future.

2/17/20 12:27 AM
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Once again the UFC follows WWE's lead.

WWE - Tough Enough 

UFC - TUF

WWE - WWE Network 

UFC - Fight Pass

WWE - Performance Center

UFC - Performance Institute 

2/17/20 12:39 AM
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Seems to have worked. 

I see Tito doing well if his body holds up. WWE fans will love his shtick. 

2/17/20 1:46 AM
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Tito is perfect for the WWE he’s got legit MMA credentials and the persona for them.

Just hope he can work and stay healthy.

2/17/20 2:42 AM
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stevekt -

Once again the UFC follows WWE's lead.

WWE - Tough Enough 

UFC - TUF

WWE - WWE Network 

UFC - Fight Pass

WWE - Performance Center

UFC - Performance Institute 

It's almost like one of them did way more with the 3 then the other tho 

2/17/20 2:58 AM
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Once again the UFC follows WWE's lead.

WWE - Tough Enough 

UFC - TUF

WWE - WWE Network 

UFC - Fight Pass

WWE - Performance Center

UFC - Performance Institute 

It's almost like one of them did way more with the 3 then the other tho 

The only one that ufc did better was tuf. With the way the first season went, they had to. If you look at tough enough as the inspiration for nxt, then wwe did all 3 better. If fight pass and espn+ were one service it might be a better deal than the network. I only pay for espn+, but if I were a bigger wrestling fan it's a way better deal with all the ppvs.

2/17/20 3:00 AM
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stevekt - 

Once again the UFC follows WWE's lead.

WWE - Tough Enough 

UFC - TUF

WWE - WWE Network 

UFC - Fight Pass

WWE - Performance Center

UFC - Performance Institute 


interesting. good summary

2/17/20 3:30 AM
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Tito is perfect for the WWE he’s got legit MMA credentials and the persona for them.

Just hope he can work and stay healthy.

Doesn't one have to be coherent on a microphone though?

Or is that no longer required in fake rassling?

2/17/20 4:29 AM
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Tito is perfect for the WWE he’s got legit MMA credentials and the persona for them.

Just hope he can work and stay healthy.

Doesn't one have to be coherent on a microphone though?

Or is that no longer required in fake rassling?

Exactly my thoughts lol. Don't think WWE brass knows of Tito's legendary mic skills. Will be fun to see it tho

2/17/20 4:43 AM
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Need to get Tito and Ken inside a WWE ring for one last battle

2/17/20 5:18 AM
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We shall see how it goes. MMA is obviously a sport where a night can take years off of a man’s life. 
   But pro wrestlers go yearlong. It’s more of a blunt trauma. That chews the body up and spits it out. (see Kurt Angle). 
   Hopefully he can get a Brock Lesnar contract where he can get a part time schedule. Or at the very least a Rousey “semi” part time schedule (and she was burnt out from that). 
   Whether you think it’s silly or you love it. Pro wrestling puts ALOT of miles on the body. 

2/17/20 7:03 AM
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Tito is perfect for the WWE he’s got legit MMA credentials and the persona for them.

Just hope he can work and stay healthy.

Doesn't one have to be coherent on a microphone though?

Or is that no longer required in fake rassling?

Exactly my thoughts lol. Don't think WWE brass knows of Tito's legendary mic skills. Will be fun to see it tho

They can have someone like Paul Heyman talk for him like he does Brock. Tito doesn’t need to say much but my guess is he wi even screw that up.

2/17/20 7:05 AM
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In his early career Tito seemed pretty good on the mic.  On TUF he spoke really well.  It’s like he messed up once & then became self conscious & everything snowballed lol.

or maybe I didn’t pay attention enough.

2/17/20 7:07 AM
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He’ll have to limit the amount of in ring work he does cause his neck is already wrecked.

2/17/20 10:08 AM
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Once again the UFC follows WWE's lead.

WWE - Tough Enough 

UFC - TUF

WWE - WWE Network 

UFC - Fight Pass

WWE - Performance Center

UFC - Performance Institute 


interesting. good summary

Forgot to add:

WWE - Tito Santana

UFC - Tito Ortiz

2/17/20 10:15 AM
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Tito should definitely have a manager and say very few words if he's a Pro Wrestler.
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Tito's manager 

2/17/20 10:39 AM
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Can you imagine Tito on the mic for extended periods of time.

2/17/20 2:21 PM
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Tito pretty muched crumbled everytime he tried to burn Chael, face to face and in interviews. dude's gonna have to start watching old episodes of yo mama or he'll just end up calling everyone Mr. Juicy Juice

 

2/17/20 3:03 PM
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Tito needs a mouth piece he cant say his name without messing it up

2/17/20 3:22 PM
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Can you imagine Tito on the mic for extended periods of time.


I dream of it! It's the best/worst eva!

2/17/20 3:23 PM
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stevekt -

Once again the UFC follows WWE's lead.

WWE - Tough Enough 

UFC - TUF

WWE - WWE Network 

UFC - Fight Pass

WWE - Performance Center

UFC - Performance Institute 

I hope the UFC follows their lead and let's you pay one monthly price for all of their concurrent including ppvs.

2/17/20 3:54 PM
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stevekt - 

Once again the UFC follows WWE's lead.

WWE - Tough Enough 

UFC - TUF

WWE - WWE Network 

UFC - Fight Pass

WWE - Performance Center

UFC - Performance Institute 


You forgot the Action Figures.
2/17/20 4:03 PM
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Mr Karate -
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Once again the UFC follows WWE's lead.

WWE - Tough Enough 

UFC - TUF

WWE - WWE Network 

UFC - Fight Pass

WWE - Performance Center

UFC - Performance Institute 


You forgot the Action Figures.

The action figures, the women's divisions, the pyro before walkout with music, the style of the title belts, the scripted promos in the ring/cage, the highlight trailer, etc....

2/17/20 4:06 PM
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Once again the UFC follows WWE's lead.

WWE - Tough Enough 

UFC - TUF

WWE - WWE Network 

UFC - Fight Pass

WWE - Performance Center

UFC - Performance Institute 


interesting. good summary

Forgot to add:

WWE - Tito Santana

UFC - Tito Ortiz

WWF also used Ludwig Borga before the UFC did.

WWF had used the NWA title before the the UFC as well, Severn brought it into the cage when he won the UFC V tourny.