â€œDana said I canâ€™t be here,â€ said Ortiz, as UFC Public Relations director Jennifer Wenk spoke to him and pushed the microphone away, instructing the media not to ask him questions.
â€œStay up there Tito,â€ said Jameson standing off to the side of the stage. â€œYou deserve it.â€
As Ortiz spoke to Wenk, he smiled and shook his head as he turned toward the media and said, â€œIâ€™ve never been kicked out of a press conference before. After 11 years of giving my blood, sweat and tears to make this company what it is I think I deserve to stay.â€
Ortiz would sit on the dais for nearly 30 minutes alone as extra security was brought in and Jameson continued to expound on the ridiculousness of the situation. â€œThis is cementing what Tito has been saying for a long time,â€ she said. â€œIts freedom of speech, freedom of the press, let him speak.â€
Finally White entered the room along with the other fighters, and looked at Ortiz surprised before addressing the media and the situation after I asked him why he didnâ€™t want Ortiz at the press conference. â€œNo, Titoâ€™s welcome to come to the press conference,â€ said White. â€œJust as long as heâ€™s not holding his own press conference, I think thatâ€™s the issue.â€