Tito Ortiz vs. Oscar De La Hoya: Battle of the Book Signings
Tito Ortiz and Oscar De La Hoya are going head-to-head tonight...sort of. The arenas - bookstores. Tito is signing copies of his book at the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood while Oscar will be signing copies of his book at Barnes & Noble in The Grove.
In the last five years, mixed martial arts has experienced a surge in popularity, thanks largely to the mainstream emergence of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. With MMA on the rise and it's cousin in combat sports, boxing currently holding on for dear life, the debate over which is the superior sport is rampant. Despite the fact that the two sports are quite different, the war of words wages on (a Google search for "MMA vs boxing" brings back 10,700 results).
Some believe the best way to put this argument to rest is by throwing a boxer in the ring or octagon with an MMA fighter. Floyd Mayweather Jr., considered by many to be the best boxer in the world and one of the few remaining relevant fighters the sport currently has to offer, made the following suggestion in an interview last year:
"We should put (Chuck) Liddell against a good heavyweight, under Mayweather Promotions, and if Chuck wins, then I’ll give him a million dollars out of my own pocket. These are guys who couldn’t make it in boxing."
At this time, no such matchup between boxers and MMA fighters has taken place, unless you count Butterbean or any of the other washed up boxers who have taken a beating in less than stellar MMA leagues just to pay their bills, and you really shouldn't count those.
Today, however, that all comes to an end, sort of but not really, when two of the biggest names in their respective sports, Tito Ortiz and Oscar De La Hoya, go head-to-head...with competing book signings.