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Tito Ortiz Sued Over MMA Trash Talk

6/5/2009 8:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tito Ortiz is on the receiving end of a serious legal attack -- one that started after the UFC legend bashed "Rampage" Jackson's former trainer to the media.

The guy filing the lawsuit is Juanito Ibarra -- a fighting expert who claims he's trained more than 15 world champs and several Olympic Gold Medal winners. Ibarra's pissed over an interview Tito gave to a website back in 2008, in which the fighter ripped Ibarra as a "thief" who had financially "taken advantage of Rampage."

In the lawsuit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Ibarra claims Tito's statements are all false and "highly offensive" -- and things got worse when scores of sports websites began publishing follow-up stories, repeating Tito's comments.

Ibarra is suing Tito and all the blogs and publications that ran Tito's interview for defamation, invasion of privacy and emotional distress.

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1.

Ciete    

Tito and Jenna Jameson...imagine if their kid will be an @ss kicker or a beauty?

1934 days ago
2.

TMZ941    

Recession calls for drastic measures

1934 days ago
3.

Party 'till you die!    

Tito's greatest foe has proven to be his mouth! Ever wonder why you don't see him in any major fights recently? Maybe he should try the porn industry. I hear he has some sort of tie in to it........

1934 days ago
4.

Pierre    

Ibarra is a thief. Just ask Rampage why he changed training camps. Ibarra should be banned in mma for ruining other lives.

1934 days ago
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Yeti Lee    

Actually Tito's mouth has nothing to do with him not fighting. First off the guy had back surgery and is still a few months away from a return, not to mention he left the UFC and had to wait until the end of May before he could sign with another company. Get your facts right "team self punishment" before you decide to comment.

1934 days ago
6.

PEPSI Generation    

CIA old mexican took they took out the garbage a child molsters into little boys got his nuts handed to his face.How do you like those apples? GOD SPEED CIA

1934 days ago
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Johnny Sacks    

Wow, isnt it amazing how there is NEVER a shortage of bottom feeding, blood sucking attorneys to jump on the nearest gravy train!

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1934 days ago
8.

frig chris brown, frig him, loser    

man i like tito, but he would get knocked out by an old woman, he is waaaay past his prime to be fighting anyway

1934 days ago
9.

adam    

whats next they gonna get him for his royalties from the divincci code,the reason hes with jenna is because she works him over with her strap on

1934 days ago
10.

wilecoyoti    

Juanito is as cheap as they come. I hope he doesn't get a dime. Hey Juanito, I remember you coming into my store looking for a smith machine and trying to low ball us without any conscious severely below our cost. This guy smells like a crook.

1934 days ago
11.

guy rich    

TITO I BELIEVE . MANY DONT.IM IN THE MMA WORLD AND THINK ALOT OF TRAINERS ARE OUT TO COME UP AND FLEEE AS SOON AS THINGS GO SOUTH.HE PRETTY MUCH SAYS WHATEVER HE BELIEVES AND THE UFC IS WORSE THAN THE BOOKIE BECAUSE THERE OUT THERE SAYING PAY ME BIG BUCKS FOR NOTHING.PEOPLE GET UPSET AND PISSED BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES IN THE CAGE PUTTING THERE LIVES ON THE LINE NOT SOME PROMOTOR.NOW YOU HAVE GUYS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN RETIRED BUT CANT BECAUSE SOME DOUCHE BAG STOLE ALL HIS MONEY KINDA LIKE DON-KING.TITO IS RIGHT HE BROUGHT IN MILLIONS AND THEY GAVE HIM NICKELS.HES CALLING OUT THAT DOUCHE BECAUSE HE CAN AND ITS TRUE THE GUY DID RAMPAGE WRONG.SO NOW HES CRYING FOR SOME MONEY AND HE MIGHT GET IT.NOW EVERYONE WILL LOOK TWICE BEFORE THEY SIGN AND TITO LET IT BE KNOWN ALL THAT GLITTERS AINT GOLD!

1933 days ago
12.

That MMA Guy    

First of all, Yeti, let's indeed talk about getting facts straight...Tito didn't LEAVE the UFC. His contract was up for renewal and Dana White cleary stated he wasn't interested because (I'm paraphrasing but it's not hard to find Dana's actual words) "Tito is the most dishonest person I've ever met and if someone else offers him a contract we won't match it". Which leads me to the phony Dana White post here. You obviously are not Dana and I hope Dana sees this post and sues you for using his name. Tito is one of the most overrated fighters ever and his fans are generally Long Beach/Huntington Beach wanna-be gangsters who are basically only good at running their mouths....just like their hero.

1932 days ago
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Muay Thai    

He is going to have a really hard time with this lawsuit if they consider him a public figure. The standard for libel is extremely high for public figures and if(more like when) Ibarra is classified as a public figure his case is going straight to the dump.

1897 days ago

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