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Tito Ortiz Sued Over Interview Comments
From MMAMadness.com: Tito Ortiz has always been known for his trash talking, but his mouth has landed him in some serious legal trouble.
TMZ.com is reporting that Juanito Ibarra, a trainer and fighting expert, is suing Ortiz for comments he made during an interview.
In the interview, Ortiz called Ibarra a "thief," and that he had financially "taken advantage of" Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson.
Ibarra is also suing various blogs and publications that reprinted Ortiz's comments. Specifically, he is suing Ortiz and these sites for defamation, invasion of privacy, and emotional distress.
The suit was filed on the same day that Ortiz became an unrestricted free agent. Ortiz's contract with the UFC ended last May at UFC 84: "Ill Will" last May, but the UFC still had the option to match any offer from another organization. That option ended June 5, 2009.
Madness Reaction: It's hard to imagine that Ibarra filing the lawsuit on the same day that Ortiz became a free agent is coincidence. Ibarra must be hoping that Ortiz is on the verge of a big deal with another organization.
That being said, I have a hard time seeing Ibarra winning this case. In order to prove defamation, he has to show that Ortiz's comments directly caused him damage. So unless he can show that there was a substantial drop in his client base after the interview, he won't win. I also don't know how he will prove that Ortiz invaded his privacy, as Ortiz was simply voicing an opinion on what sounds like a public matter.
Cameron Gidari is the Associate Editor at MMAMadness.com. He can be reached with questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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