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Quite possibly never in the history of any sport has the president of an organization become so much of a fan. Dana White will probably be dressed in a nice button down shirt on Saturday, but underneath he might have his chest painted with WAR MACHIDA because his well documented feud with Tito Ortiz runs deep. And Ortiz would love nothing more than to go out a winner and rub it in White's face. Of course come Saturday night Tito probably should be a tad more concerned about Machida than White.

 

4 Lyoto Machida made his UFC debut just under fifteen months ago and has won (4) fights in the promotion. On Saturday he'll look to make it five against a guy in Tito Ortiz who's fought in the UFC quite a few more times...

 

20 Number of times (20) Tito Ortiz has fought in the UFC. In those bouts he's compiled a 14-5-1 record. Chance are, win or lose, UFC 84 will be the last time Ortiz enters the Octagon.

 

105 Dana White really doesn't like Tito. Recently he said, "He's one of the most dishonest human beings I've ever met. I put up with him when he was a good fighter. He's not anymore. He's done. I'm no longer in the Tito Ortiz business." This despite Ortiz being part of the UFC's most successful pay-per-view ever when he fought Chuck Liddell at UFC 66, the event scrounged up roughly (1.05) million buys.

 

420 Lyoto Machida has quietly (especially when compared to Ortiz) piled up wins to the tune of a 12-0 record, maybe because he hasn't seemed too interested in finishing fights. Prior to his last bout he had four straight decision victories, three coming in the UFC. That all changed at UFC 79 though when he fought "The African Assassin" Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, and completely dominated until finishing the contest with an arm triangle choke at (4:20) of round two. He then showed a little spirit even throwing in a mean look and a thumb across the throat slashing motion.

 

358 As unsatisfying as it might be for fans of Ortiz or White, according to the numbers this one seems destined for the judges. Through a combined 39 fights for Machida and Ortiz, (35.8%) have gone to a decision. Machida is 7-0 in decisions and Ortiz is 5-1 with one draw. There is hope though for those that long to see this one ended with emphasis...

 

333 Again through their 39 combined fights, (33.3%) have ended by way of (T)KO. Machida has (T)KO'd three opponents including Stephan Bonnar and Rich Franklin. Ortiz is 8-2 in his (T)KO ending fights.

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