Tito Ortiz has looked back on his journey working with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy MMA.
Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz 3 was an interesting show, to say the least. Ortiz was able to score a first-round knockout victory over Liddell last year in their third fight inside The Forum in Inglewood, California. Following the fight, Ortiz retired again.
Originally, De La Hoya initially claimed 200,000-400,000 PPV buys was a “no-brainer” for this fight. However, that is not the case. It was reported by media members from LA Times and Yahoo! Sports that the PPV drew very poorly. The high report for buys was 40K.
The live gate was reportedly at $731,226, and PPV revenue would be at around $1-1.2 million at the $40 price point. The two fighters also got merchandise, sponsorships, any other international deals, and revenue sources. They received a base pay of $200,000 and $250,000, respectively.
Ortiz did an interview with The Schmo this weekend where he was asked about the event. This is where he admitted that UFC President Dana White was right about the fight not doing great business.
“I think he made a lot of mistakes, but at the same time, for a boxing promoter to come into mixed martial arts, it’s a different animal. Dana was right,” Ortiz said (H/T to Bad Left Hook.)
The former UFC light heavyweight champion noted in a recent interview that he’d most likely fight in October as he had signed a multi-fight agreement with the Combate Americas promotion.