War of the words

JOSE RODRIGUEZ

, Last Updated: 7:05 AM ET

With the trash talking leading up to tonight's UFC 84, you'd be forgiven if you thought the main event featured a tilt between president Dana White and notorious big mouth Tito "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz.

"Tito's a #$#&ing idiot," says White. "He's one of the dumbest human beings I've ever met."

Ortiz countered.

"(White's) a overexercised trainer that got an opportunity for a job because his best friend (UFC owner) Lorenzo Fertitta gave him a job," Ortiz told sherdog.com.

The love/hate relationship (with a heavy emphasis on the latter) will come to an end when Ortiz exits the UFC cage for a final time tonight.

The former light-heavyweight champ has said many times he has no interest in coming back to the UFC and the UFC has no interest in Ortiz.

The Huntington Beach Bad Boy first drew the ire of company brass when he abruptly quit three years ago and demanded more money. He was welcomed back into the fold after a 14-month hiatus -- and a raise -- but the relationship between him and White has remained strained.

White, who, before he became a UFC bigwig, managed Ortiz, makes no apologies for his feelings about Ortiz, who made more than $700,000 for his last fight -- a draw with Rashad Evans.

"Realistically, what was the last significant fight that Tito Ortiz won?" asks White.

"I mean, he beat Ken Shamrock three times. He fought Evans to a draw. He fought Forrest Griffin when Forrest just came off The Ultimate Fighter and barely beat him. A lot of people think Forrest won that fight.

"In my opinion, the last significant fight Tito Ortiz won was when he beat Vitor Belfort. He's not on anyone's top 10.

"I just have no interest in being in the Tito Ortiz business anymore. I put up with his *#$ when he was a good fighter. He's not anymore. I'm done."

UFC 84, available in Canada on pay-per-view, will feature Ortiz taking on undefeated Brazilian Lyoto Machida, a lightweight title bout between champ B.J. "Prodigy" Penn and Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk as well as a light-heavyweight brawl between Wanderlei "Axe Murderer" Silva and Keith "Dean of Mean" Jardine.

Ortiz also told sherdog that he feels violated every time he steps into the UFC cage.

"I love Lorenzo Fertitta, they're a great family. They're billionaires," says Ortiz.

"Us guys that are trying to survive to scrape up to make a million, when people are making 30 or 40 million off us every time. I feel like a slave. I feel like a hooker."

White says Ortiz's assertion that he is outspoken on behalf of all fighters, to bring them bigger paycheques, is a sham.

"Tito Ortiz is a liar," says White. "Tito Ortiz is selfish ... The only one Tito cares about is Tito."

White, who never predicts the outcomes of fights, came as close as he ever has in speaking about the Ortiz/Machida showdown.

"I never win or lose fights for anybody.

"Never at any time am I going to say 'I hope this guy loses,' " says White. "But I can tell you I've never wanted to see anybody get their ass kicked worse than I want to see Tito's kicked (tonight)."


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