Which is why most of the fight community tuned in to a news conference Wednesday in Las Vegas for the Oct. 11 Affliction 2 "Day of Reckoning" only to hear that the fighter would not only not be attending, but also that he has not yet been signed by the promotion.
SI.com reported Tuesday that the boisterous light heavyweight had become a free agent on Monday and was hours away from announcing a deal with Affliction, though the report was later updated to describe Ortiz’s signing as a possibility.
Legal counsel for Affliction Entertainment said Wednesday that Ortiz’s signing was only a "rumor," and that when he was released from his contractual obligations, the promotion would be interested in signing him.
So, I deserve some culpability for running with the story. But I do have to wonder what Tito and other sources told SI, which compelled them to run with it. I still believe Affliction is the best fit for Tito all things considered, but this is bizarre.[UPDATE] by Nick Thomas:
AFFLICTION PRESS CONFERENCE PART I (8/6)
AFFLICTION PRESS CONFERENCE PART II (8/6)
AFFLICTION VP TOM ATENCIO w/Cofield & Cokin (8/6)
HT: ESPN Radio 1100