Dana White Says UFC Could Cut Tito Ortiz Due to Arrest

Coming off a weekend of action-packed fights at the WEC's pay-per-view debut, Dana White must have thought that the cycle of bad news in the MMA world had finally come to an end. Not so fast.

As news spread earlier today that UFC light heavyweight Tito Ortiz had been arrested for felony domestic assault against girlfriend Jenna Jameson, we knew it was only a matter of time before we'd hear from White.

Talking to TMZ.com, White underscored the seriousness of the charges, saying, "Other than going on a killing spree, being accused of domestic violence is the worst thing you can have going for you."



That might be overstating it a little – certainly there are a number of victims and incarcerated perpetrators of other violent crimes who would disagree with the remark – but in terms of the damage to Ortiz's reputation, White has a point. If Ortiz is convicted of domestic assault against Jameson, who says she'll be pressing charges, the stain on his career and legacy as a pro fighter would likely never be fully erased.

Of course, there are also concerns over Ortiz's continued employment with the UFC. White remarked that the UFC could release the fighter from the organization for the arrest, saying, "We're gonna be fair, but we could cut him."

It doesn't help the PR situation for the UFC that Ortiz can currently be seen as a coach on season 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter." Having a fighter who was just arrested on suspicion of assaulting the mother of his children showing up as a representative of the brand on Spike TV every Wednesday night certainly doesn't help the UFC's image, even if it's been widely rumored that Ortiz's coaching tenure doesn't last throughout the entire season.
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