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UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP TITO ORTIZ TO APPEAR AT WHEREHOUSE RECORDS, SUNDAY, JULY 27, IN COSTA MESA, CALIF
Fans Can Win Trip For 2 To Las Vegas For Ultimate Fighting Championship 44: Undisputed When Ortiz Fights Randy Couture For Title On Sept. 26
Fans Can Participate In Production Of A National Television Commercial
Tickets For UFC 44 Go On Sale Saturday, July 26, At All Ticketmaster Locations
LAS VEGAS, July 23, 2003…Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz will meet fans and sign autographs from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. PDT, Sunday, July 27, at the Wherehouse Records store, 2320 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, Calif.
All fight fans in attendance will be eligible for a drawing to win a round-trip for two to Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the Friday, September 26, UFC 44: Undisputed fight when Ortiz defends his title in the "Champion Vs. Champion" main event against interim light heavyweight champ Randy Couture. The lucky winner will receive round-trip airfare for two, a two-night hotel stay, two tickets to the fight and the opportunity to be a member of Ortiz’ entourage as an honorary cornerperson. The winner must be present to win the prize. Fans also will have the opportunity to participate in the production of a national television commercial that will promote the UFC and its future fight events.
During Ortiz’ appearance there will also be attendance prize drawings for merchandise including the new UFC video games Tap Out and Throw Down, DVD and VHS video copies of UFC fights and souvenir clothing. Winners must be present to claim prizes.
Tickets, $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, for UFC 44: Undisputed will go on sale at 10 a.m. PDT, Saturday, July 26, at the Mandalay Bay box office in Las Vegas, at all Ticketmaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com and www.mandalaybay.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-877-632-7800 or 1-702-474-4000 and purchases are subject to transaction fees. UFC 44:Undisputed also will be LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EDT on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, EchoStar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95
Fight fans have been anticipating another Ortiz (11-2-0 in mixed martial arts) title defense since his last victory in November over mixed martial arts legend Ken Shamrock in Las Vegas. Due to motion picture commitments, Ortiz could not fight for nine months. On June 6 in Las Vegas, Couture (8-4-0) met number one contender Chuck Liddell for the interim light heavyweight championship, which Couture claimed with an upset technical knockout in the third round. Couture, a former two-time UFC heavyweight champ, made history by becoming the only fighter to win UFC championships in two different weight divisions. But the victory over Liddell set the stage for a showdown and both Ortiz and Couture now want to unify the title.