Morning Report: Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz agree Dana White wouldn't have a job if not for them

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

After a much hyped appearance on TSN's Off The Record, UFC hall of famers Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz again tried making their case against Dana White and the UFC. Shamrock and Ortiz have repeatedly stated that they, and other fighters, are unfairly compensated relative to presumed earned revenues by the promotion.

When asked by host Michael Landsberg if he felt he was reasonably compensated during his UFC career, Ortiz says he doesn't believe so.

"Reasonably? Not reasonably. I'm well off, yes. For the surgeries I've had and the things I have to look forward to when I'm 50, 60 years old? No. I look at guys like guys like Floyd Mayweather making $42 million dollars for a pay-per-view -- what am I doing differently from what this guy's doing?"

Largely discrediting White's roll in the growth of MMA as a trivial consequence of having billionaire best friends, Shamrock insists, once again, that without his ilk's gutsy performances the UFC and White would have failed long ago.

"If Dana didn't have [Tito], or didn't have Chuck [Liddell], or didn't have me, or didn't have Frank [Shamrock] to be able to make money off of our sweat and our blood, where would he be? So without the charisma and talent we had, Dana White would not have a job right now."

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via ahfeldman.

Cain vs JDS IV: Not that far-fetched

With Cain Velasquez's dominant performance against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 166 many are talking about how a fourth fight won't happen for many years, if ever; but all are still calling JDS the clear second best heavyweight in the world. While Cain doesn't look like a fighter who is going to struggle against some of the other heavyweights next in line, heavyweight is truly the one division that one punch can change the fight. Every fighter will have a chance to catch Cain just as JDS did in their first encounter.

If Cain does happen to lose a fight, whether its his next fight against Werdum or a fight later down the line, you would have to imagine that the number two fighter in the division (JDS) will get the next shot at the newly crowned champion. And like Velasquez, I believe that JDS can beat anyone in the division, which would result in JDS becoming the champion as soon as Velasquez gets dethroned. With JDS as champion, how could the UFC prove that JDS is the best in the world without fighting the man who holds two dominant fights over him?

In my eyes, Cain Velasquez vs Junior dos Santos will happen a short time after Cain loses; could be next year or could be in five years, but lets remember this is the division that has never seen more then two title defenses by a champion. I picture Velasquez vs JDS IV happening in the next two years with JDS trying to defend his newly owned belt against his familiar challenger of Cain Velasquez.

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