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Tito Ortiz joins Affliction as commentator

Tito Ortiz will join Affliction, not as a company fighter, but a commentator.

Ortiz announced today at the Affliction press conference in Los Angeles his participation as a commentator for the promotion's Jan. 24 pay-per-view card in Anaheim.

"Tom Atencio is a good friend of mine too," Ortiz said. "I'm not going to fight for Affliction, but I will be a color commentator that night. I think I know a little bit about MMA, so I think I could do a great job."

Ortiz will call the action alongside the M-1 Challenge announce team of Sean Wheelock and Jimmy Smith ("Fight Quest").

"I'm looking forward to commentating move for move the action happening in the ring, just explaining it from my point of view," Ortiz said. "I'll be doing nothing but commentating, but I'm excited to give my opinion on what is going to happen. I will be the best commentator I could possibly be, but we have to let these guys do what they do best, compete."

Still a free agent, Ortiz said today he plans to fight for four more years.

Ortiz's fight contract with the UFC ended in May at UFC 84 "Ill Will," but Ortiz's ties with the company do not end until June 2009. That's fine with Ortiz as he is still recovering from surgery in October to repair his back.

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