Tito Ortiz’s next goal is to work behind the scenes with Golden Boy Promotions.
“Tito would love to be the ambassador,” Ortiz’s longtime manager, George Prajin, told MMAjunkie on Monday.
Ortiz, a UFC Hall of Famer, said on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” that he is “100 percent” done with fighting after a first-round knockout of fellow Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell this past Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Prajin added the 43-year-old ex-champ wants to scout MMA talent for Golden Boy, whose chief, Oscar De La Hoya, has given mixed messages about his long-term interest in MMA.
In a previous interview with MMAjunkie, ex-boxing champ De La Hoya said he’d wait to see how Ortiz’s trilogy fight with Liddell sold on pay-per-view before deciding to stay in the sport. However, Ortiz struck an optimistic note at the event’s press conference, saying he planned to promote future cards with De La Hoya.
Ortiz claimed over 200,000 people purchased the $39.95 event. Prajin said the final numbers are not yet available, but added there are strong indications from Golden Boy that it will stay in the MMA business.
Prajin believes Golden Boy’s best bet is as a “developmental organization” that can build talent while also luring away free agents for bigger events.
“The indicators from both Oscar and (Golden Boy) are that they want to continue, but there haven’t been any conversations about platform,” Prajin said.
De La Hoya made fighter pay a central theme of Golden Boy’s entry into the sport after declaring the UFC’s pay scale made him “sick.” But after pay sheets for this past Saturday’s event were released, critics pointed out low numbers for preliminary and main-card fighters, many of whom fought for highers payouts while in the UFC.
Meanwhile, Ortiz and Liddell each pocketed in excess of six figures for their third fight. Ortiz, who initially said he wouldn’t be paid, pocketed the second-highest payout of the event with $200,000 in addition to pay-per-view points.
Prajin defended the promoter’s pay structure and said fighters on the preliminary card are still competing in “a developmental sport,” while headliners who are proven draws “eat what they kill.”
“It’s very lucrative to those that are at the top that deserve to benefit from the revenue they bring to the organization,” Prajin said. “The UFC has done it better than anyone, but once they get to a certain level, they should benefit more from the revenue.”
Source : https://mmajunkie.com/2018/11/tito-ortiz-golden-boy-mma-ambassador-oscar-de-la-hoya