MMAPreview is reporting Tito Ortiz has finally signed with Affliction. They claim a "number of sources" have confirmed the signing. It does not surprise me. I have been outspoken from the start that Ortiz would land with Affliction. It was the only promotion who could give him what he really wants - popularity. Ortiz is fueled by it. He wants to be in the spotlight and Affliction will give him a bigger share of the spotlight than any other MMA promotion. They have Fedor Emelianenko as their center piece and he is a huge draw, but he does not speak English and cannot relate to MMA fans the way Ortiz does.
The other big thing in this report is it claims Ortiz will be ready for "Day of Reckoning" on October 11. If this is true, Affliction just might have a successful follow-up to their first event. Ortiz's arrival would be a major media event. Even if he just gave an interview, fans would tune in to see what he would say about Dana White and the UFC. I am holding out hope he actually fights. As I mentioned yesterday, Affliction's second Pay-Per-View has several solid match-ups that diehard MMA fans will love. However, it still does not feature the type of fight which will draw in casual fans of the sport. Tito can be that draw, as long as he can get in shape.