Tito Confirms Dana’s Airplane Fist Fight Story, But Says He “Manhandled” The UFC Boss

Last week UFC President Dana White appeared on Conan and told a story of a fist fight that took place between himself and former UFC champion Tito Ortiz.

The UFC boss stated, “We were on a private plane on our way to Japan, and it was my partners, the Fertitta brothers, myself, Tito Ortiz and our matchmaker at the time, Joe Silva. Tito and I were messing around, and he put me in what’s called a neck crank. I was tapping, and he didn’t stop. You can seriously hurt somebody in a neck crank, especially as big and strong as Tito is. So I just started blasting him in the ribs – started punching him in the ribs – and when he let go, (I) just jumped up, and it was just a full blown fistfight in the plane. We were literally taking off, and the plane was (going back and forth), and the Fertitta brothers had to jump in and break up the fight.”

Now, in response to this story told on national television, Tito Ortiz tells USA Today’s mmajunkie that White’s story is relatively accurate, outside of one detail.

“Yes, of him (saying) stop stop Tito!!!! I was manhandling him. But it was fun.”

Now you know!