42 Facts About Tito Ortiz

1. Tito Ortiz is currently signed to the Combate Americas promotion.

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2. Tito Ortiz is best known for his stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000, to September 26, 2003.

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3. Tito Ortiz is the CEO of Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line, which is located in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California.

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4. On July 7, 2012, Tito Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame.

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5. On November 5, 2020, Tito Ortiz was announced as one of the winners of the Huntington Beach City Council election, becoming Mayor pro tempore.

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6. Tito Ortiz made his professional boxing debut on September 11, 2021, in a round one loss to fellow former UFC champion Anderson Silva.

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7. At the age of nineteen, Tito Ortiz ran into an old high school wrestling coach, a future UFC fighter and an assistant wrestling coach at Golden West College, Paul Herrera, who encouraged him to enroll in the college.

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8. Tito Ortiz trained with UFC fighter and fellow collegiate wrestler, Tank Abbott.

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9. Still in college, Tito Ortiz competed as an amateur for no prize money or contracts.

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10. Tito Ortiz beat Wes Albritton in an alternate bout by referee stoppage at 0:31 of the first round.

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11. In 1999, Tito Ortiz fought Frank Shamrock for what is known as the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 22.

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12. The Middleweight division was then officially renamed the Light Heavyweight division and Tito Ortiz was chosen, along with Wanderlei Silva, as a top contender.

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13. Tito Ortiz defeated Silva for the vacant Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 25 via unanimous decision.

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14. At UFC 44, after a near year-long layoff from the sport, Tito Ortiz fought the new Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture, who had defeated Chuck Liddell for the interim title at UFC 43 in September 2003.

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15. In February 2005, Tito Ortiz took time away from the UFC and was offered deals with several promotions, including PRIDE Fighting Championships and the Don King-backed World Fighting Alliance.

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16. Tito Ortiz opted to try his hand at professional wrestling, signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a guest referee.

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17. Tito Ortiz took charge of the fight from the outset, taking Evans down and controlling him.

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18. Tito Ortiz came close to submitting Machida in the third round with a triangle choke before transitioning to an armbar.

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19. Tito Ortiz stated he is returning for a six-fight deal he and White have worked out.

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20. Tito Ortiz fought Matt Hamill on October 23, 2010, at UFC 121.

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21. Tito Ortiz was expected to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on March 26, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 24.

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22. Tito Ortiz took on Ryan Bader on July 2, 2011, at UFC 132.

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23. Tito Ortiz faced Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on December 10, 2011, at UFC 140.

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24. Tito Ortiz faced Forrest Griffin for a third time on July 7, 2012, at UFC 148.

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25. Tito Ortiz was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame prior to his final bout.

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26. Tito Ortiz came out of retirement to fight in Bellator MMA.

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27. On February 14, 2014, Tito Ortiz stepped down as manager for Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino.

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28. Tito Ortiz faced Bellator Middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, in a match up at Light Heavyweight, in his Bellator debut on May 17, 2014, at Bellator 120.

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29. Tito Ortiz faced fellow UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar on November 15, 2014, at Bellator 131.

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30. In May 2005, Tito Ortiz made an appearance for the professional wrestling promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

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31. The matched ended with Tito Ortiz knocking out America's Most Wanted, two of Jarrett's associates who attempted to interfere in the match, and then counted the pinfall for Rhino to crown him the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

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32. Tito Ortiz made a cameo in the 2008 comedy Zombie Strippers as the bouncer of the Rhino.

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33. Tito Ortiz was a playable character in the 2000 video game Razor Freestyle Scooter.

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34. In 2020, Tito Ortiz ran for a city council seat in his hometown of Huntington Beach, with the intention of eventually becoming the mayor.

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35. On December 7, 2020, Tito Ortiz was sworn in as Mayor Pro Tempore of Huntington Beach.

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36. On November 30, 2020, Tito Ortiz led a "curfew breaker" protest against COVID-19 regulations on the Huntington Beach pier.

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37. Tito Ortiz resigned from the city council on June 1, 2021, after less than six months in office.

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38. In January 2021, Tito Ortiz was refused service at a TK Burgers restaurant for not wearing a mask, and posted his experience on Instagram.

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39. Tito Ortiz canceled a November 12, 2006, appearance as the guest of honor at the United States Marine Corps birthday ball at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, when the Corps refused to let him bring Jameson as his guest.

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40. Tito Ortiz announced in August 2008 that he and Jameson were expecting twins in April 2009.

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41. Tito Ortiz was arrested on DUI charges in Los Angeles on January 6, 2014.

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42. Tito Ortiz was sentenced to three years probation, an undisclosed fine, and an obligation to enroll in an alcohol education program.

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