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Tito Ortiz Bio

Jacob Christopher "Tito" Ortiz (English: /tɪtɵ ɔərtɪs/; born January 23, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist and personality fighting for Bellator MMA. In the MMA world, he is known for his stint with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000 to September 26, 2003. Along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, he was one of the sport's early stars. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock.

Outside of his fighting career, Ortiz is the CEO of the Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line. He also owns an MMA training gym called Punishment Training Center, which is located in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California. On July 7, 2012, Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Contents

  • 1 Background
  • 2 Mixed martial arts
    • 2.1 Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • 2.2 Outside the UFC
    • 2.3 Return to the UFC
    • 2.4 Bellator MMA
  • 3 Retirement
  • 4 Professional wrestling
    • 4.1 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
      • 4.1.1 Sporadic appearances (2005)
      • 4.1.2 Return and Aces & Eights (2013)
  • 5 Acting
  • 6 Personal life
    • 6.1 Relationships and children
    • 6.2 Legal issues
  • 7 Championships and accomplishments
    • 7.1 Mixed martial arts
    • 7.2 Professional wrestling
    • 7.3 Submission grappling
    • 7.4 Amateur wrestling
  • 8 Mixed martial arts record
  • 9 Books
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Background

Ortiz was born in Huntington Beach, California where he lived until he moved to Santa Ana, California at the age of five, and was given the nickname "Tito" by his father, Sam, when he was only a year old. Ortiz is of half-Mexican from his paternal side, Hawaiian descent on his maternal side, and has four older brothers. Ortiz had a difficult childhood as both of his parents were addicted to heroin, while Ortiz was involved with street gangs, was placed in juvenile halls, and used drugs such as cocaine and PCP. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and his mother took the young Ortiz with her back to Huntington Beach. When he was only seven years old, Ortiz supported himself by selling fish that he caught at a local pier and later attended Huntington Beach High School, where he began wrestling during his sophomore year and excelled at the sport, winning a CIF championship at 189 pounds, and finished fourth in the state tournament as a senior. When Ortiz was 18 years old, his mother kicked him out of the house and he began living with one of his brothers while doing labor work, and later became addicted to methamphetamines. When he was 19 years old, Ortiz ran into an old high school wrestling coach, a future UFC fighter and the head wrestling coach at Golden West College, Paul Herrera, who encouraged him to enroll in the college. Ortiz then began attending Golden West where he was a NJCAA state champion two consecutive years before transferring California State University at Bakersfield, where he continued wrestling but was never a full-time starter. Ortiz also trained with the legendary UFC fighter and fellow collegiate wrestler, Tank Abbott.

Mixed martial arts

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Ortiz's mixed martial arts debut was at UFC 13 in 1997. Still in college, Ortiz competed as an amateur for no prize money or contracts. He beat Wes Albritton in an alternate bout by referee stoppage at 0:31 of the first round. He was selected to face Guy Mezger in the Light Heavyweight final after Enson Inoue could not continue due to injury. Despite dominating Mezger at first, Ortiz lost the fight at 2:00 in the first round by a guillotine choke submission. After returning with a TKO victory over Jeremy Screeton at West Coast NHB Championships 1, Ortiz fought top ranked fighter and UFC 12 Light Heavyweight Tournament Champion Jerry Bohlander at UFC 18. Ortiz dominated the fight and won via TKO due to cut stoppage. Ortiz then avenged his loss to Mezger at UFC 19 by TKO. Ortiz's post fight antics towards Mezger and the Lion's Den led to his long running rivalry with the team's leader Ken Shamrock.

Ortiz has credited former UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten for inspiration during his early days. Ortiz said; "I looked up to Bas Rutten. Bas was my idol. People were just so scared of fighting him, he was like the man. I thought that was what I need to do now. If I train as hard as he does then one day I'll be as good as him and two years later look where I am, I'm on top of the world. I'm got to say thanks to him, (Bas) for helping me out by making me believe in dreams."

In 1999, Ortiz fought Frank Shamrock for what is now known as the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 22. Despite controlling Shamrock for the majority of the fight, Ortiz ended up losing via submission due to strikes. Following the victory, Shamrock retired and vacated the championship. The Middleweight division was then officially renamed the Light Heavyweight (205lb) division and Ortiz was chosen, along with Wanderlei Silva, as a top contender. Ortiz defeated Silva for the vacant Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 25 via unanimous decision. He went on to defend the Light Heavyweight Championship a record five times in the following three years, defeating Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Elvis Sinosic, Vladimir Matyushenko and Lion's Den head Ken Shamrock.

At UFC 44, after a near year-long layoff from the sport, 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. Couture defeated Ortiz via unanimous decision. The loss ended Ortiz's near three and a half year title reign, which was the longest Light Heavyweight Championship reign until Jon Jones won his sixth victory while maintaining the Light Heavyweight Championship on September 21, 2013, however Tito still holds the record for time reigned with the belt at 1,260 days. Following his loss to Couture, Ortiz faced Chuck Liddell at UFC 47, losing by TKO in the second round. After six months off, Ortiz returned and took a unanimous decision victory over newcomer Patrick Côté at UFC 50 and a split decision over Vitor Belfort at UFC 51.

In February 2005, 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. Ortiz and fellow fighter Fabiano Iha even hired investment banker Stan Medley to take a new league, The Xtreme Fighting Championship, public. But none of these endeavors came to fruition. Ortiz opted to try his hand at professional wrestling, signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a guest referee.

In November 2005, UFC president Dana White announced Ortiz and Ken Shamrock would coach The Ultimate Fighter 3 reality TV series on Spike TV, which premiered in April 2006. Ortiz's first fight in his return occurred at UFC 59 on April 15, 2006, against previous The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner Forrest Griffin. Ortiz won via split decision. His next fight was against UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at UFC 61 on July 8, 2006, a match which was to conclude a main rivalry on The Ultimate Fighter 3. Shamrock lost in the first round by TKO due to strikes (elbows) by Ortiz. On August 25, 2006, at the UFC 62 weigh-ins, Dana White announced a rematch between Ortiz and Shamrock for October 10, 2006, on Spike TV, as the main event of Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter. Ortiz beat Shamrock for the third time in this fight, which was stopped in the first round due to strikes. On December 30, 2006, at UFC 66, Ortiz's rematch with Chuck Liddell (for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship) ended in defeat via referee stoppage in the third round.

He then fought against undefeated The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Rashad Evans on July 7, 2007, at UFC 73. Ortiz took charge of the fight from the outset, taking Evans down & controlling him. In the second round Ortiz once again took control & nearly submitted Evans before the culmination of the round. The fight ended in a draw after Ortiz was penalized for grabbing the fence. Ortiz's last fight on his contract with the UFC was a unanimous decision loss to the then undefeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 on May 24, 2008. All three judges scored the fight 30–27 to Machida. Ortiz came close to submitting Machida in the third round with a triangle choke before transitioning to an armbar. However, Machida managed to escape and survived the round, winning a unanimous judges' decision. The fight concluded Ortiz' stay with the promotion as he chose not to re-sign, citing his frustration with UFC president Dana White as a major factor in the decision.

Outside the UFC

After leaving the UFC, Ortiz was approached by multiple promotions, including the now defunct EliteXC, Affliction and the American Fight League. However, a clause in his old UFC contract forbade him from signing with or fighting for any other organization until approximately April–June 2009. Until his return to the UFC, Ortiz was considered the biggest free agent on the market.

On October 6, 2008, Ortiz underwent back surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to his website, he had been experiencing back pain since his fight with Randy Couture.

On Wednesday, December 17, 2008, Affliction Entertainment announced that Ortiz would be part of the broadcast team for the Affliction: Day of Reckoning. Ortiz had said he would fight again in August 2009, but this did not occur.

Ortiz with a fan.

Return to the UFC

As part of his comeback to the UFC, Ortiz began training with his original Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo instructor Cleber Luciano (a student of Royler Gracie). Ortiz originally briefly trained with Luciano back in 1997, when he was still a student at Golden West College.

On July 17, 2009, both Ortiz and Dana White stated that the pair had made amends. One week later, White announced that he re-signed Tito. Ortiz stated he is returning for a six fight deal he and White have worked out. White officially announced Ortiz's return in a conference call on July 31, 2009. White mentioned that "everyone wants to see Tito fight" and "Tito will retire in the UFC." Mark Coleman was named as Ortiz's opponent for his return to the octagon at UFC 106. However, Coleman pulled out of this bout due to a second-degree tear of his MCL, and was replaced by Forrest Griffin.

Due to an illness to UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, Ortiz's fight with Griffin was promoted to the headliner of UFC 106. Griffin won the fight via split decision, showing superior striking ability. Whilst Ortiz was able to secure takedowns in the first and second rounds, Griffin showed considerable improvement since their first fight and kept the fight standing throughout the third, leading to the split decision victory.

On December 5, it was announced Ortiz would coach the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter, with the opposing coach being Chuck Liddell. He was scheduled to fight Liddell again for the third time at the end of the season and later pulled out of the bout. On April 7, 2010, UFC president Dana White said Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 was scheduled to be the main event for UFC 115. However, on April 12, 2010, the UFC confirmed the main event for the card was Liddell vs. Rich Franklin.

Ortiz fought Matt Hamill on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121. Hamill was Ortiz's first overall pick during Season 3 of the Ultimate Fighter. Ortiz lost the fight via unanimous decision (29–28 29–28 30–27).

UFC President Dana White hinted at Tito Ortiz's possible release from the UFC in a post-fight interview after UFC 121 stating that 'We all know what happens when guys lose four fights in the UFC'. There has been no official statement to confirm this however. On November 7, in a response to a fan via his Twitter, Ortiz stated that he will again fight in the UFC.

Ortiz was expected to face Antônio Rogério Nogueira on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24. UFC president Dana White said that he had expected to cut Ortiz loose from the UFC after his loss to Hamill, but decided to give him one last chance against Nogueira. Ortiz received a cut above his eye and a concussion while training for his fight with Nogueira and was forced to withdraw. He was replaced by Phil Davis.

Ortiz took on Ryan Bader on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132. Coming in as a heavy underdog with his UFC career on the line (despite stating that in his previous 5 fights, he'd been plagued by injury), Ortiz dropped Bader with strikes and submitted him using a guillotine choke at 1:56 of the first round, thus securing his first victory since 2006 and saving his UFC career. The victory earned him "Submission of the Night" honors.

In a rematch against Rashad Evans on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133 in which he replaced an injured Phil Davis on two weeks notice. Ortiz lost by TKO via strikes to the body in the second round despite nearly finishing EVans in round one with a guillotine.

Ortiz faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. He would state after the fight that he'd suffered a neck injury before the fight, but decided to fight anyway, because his intention was to hopefully bring the fans a victory.

Ortiz then stated he would retire after his next fight, which would turn out to be the last fight on his contract, which would be against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148.

Ortiz faced Forrest Griffin for a third time on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Ortiz was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame prior to his final bout, but has since been removed as of 4/30/2014.which he lost via unanimous decision in a Fight of the Night winning performance (despite landing 2 knockdowns and 2 takedowns to Griffin's zero). Griffin once again was able to out strike Ortiz for the victory.

Bellator MMA

On July 31, 2013 it was announced that Ortiz will come out of retirement to face former training partner and fellow former UFC Light heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106. However, on October 25, it was announced that Ortiz suffered a neck injury and had to pull out of his fight with Jackson.
Despite having to deal with another injury, Ortiz said that he would still focus on a return to the cage and Bellator President Bjorn Rebney said that they still wanted to see Ortiz compete in their organisation in the future.

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. He won via first round arm-triangle choke submission. In his victory speech, he was dismissive of the UFC for the company's attempts to remove him from their history, calling it "bullshit" and stated that he will "live in the MMA memory forever".

Ortiz faced fellow UFC hall of famer Stephan Bonnar on November 15, 2014 at Bellator 131. He won via split decision.

Retirement

Following his loss to Griffin, Ortiz retired from MMA and started up a management company, Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management Inc. The management team would pick up Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos as its first high profile client. He has come out of retirement to fight in Bellator MMA.

On February 14th, 2014, Tito Ortiz stepped down as manager for Cris Cyborg.

Professional wrestling

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Sporadic appearances (2005)

In May 2005, Ortiz made an appearance for the professional wrestling promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). On May 15, 2005 at Hard Justice Ortiz served as special guest referee in the NWA World Heavyweight Championship title match between champion Jeff Jarrett and challenger A.J. Styles at the behest of Director of Authority Dusty Rhodes. The conclusion of the match saw Ortiz knock out Jarrett with a right hook after Jarrett shoved him, which allowed Styles to hit his "Spiral Tap" for the pinfall victory and claim the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Ortiz returned to TNA on the October 1 edition of TNA Impact! and the following week he was revealed as the special guest referee for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship match between Jeff Jarrett and Kevin Nash at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view, in a segment, where he grabbed the number one contender Nash in a rear naked choke in order to prevent him from brawling with Jarrett. On October 23 at Bound for Glory Ortiz refereed the match for the title between Jarrett and Rhino, a last minute replacement for Nash. The matched ended with Ortiz knocking out America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm), 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.

Return and Aces & Eights (2013)

Ortiz returned to TNA on August 1, 2013, revealing himself as the man behind the cryptic #August1Warning tweets and YouTube videos and staring down the Aces & Eights and The Main Event Mafia, which included his Bellator 106 opponent Quinton Jackson. The following week, Ortiz returned to explain his reason for being in TNA, but he was interrupted by Kurt Angle who declared his respect for Ortiz, and later Bully Ray who declared his disrespect for both men. On August 15 at Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice, Ortiz was picked by Jackson to sub for Angle in the Main Event Mafia to take on Aces & Eights, which Ortiz left up in the air before he was again interrupted and insulted by Bully Ray. During the main event of the evening, Ortiz turned on Jackson by hitting him with a hammer and allowed Ray to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Sabin. The following week, Ortiz officially joined Aces & Eights. However, on Impact Wrestling: No Surrender, it was announced that Bellator MMA had pulled Ortiz from TNA programming due to his upcoming PPV fight with Rampage Jackson, thus removing him from Aces & Eights, Ortiz has since parted ways with TNA.

On September 15, 2014, Ortiz said this in a interview with Submission Radio: "My time at TNA was great. They treated me really well. Dixie Carter was really, really good to me. "During the time I was there I got a chance to meet Hulk Hogan. I was really happy with that, but I mean right now my main career is fighting. I mean I love to fight and that's what I wanna do. That's with Bellator."

Acting

Ortiz made a cameo in the 2008 comedy Zombie Strippers as the bouncer of the Rhino. In addition, he has a cameo in Jet Li's Cradle 2 the Grave, as well as co-starring in The Crow: Wicked Prayer. Tito also played a minor role in Turkish film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, and briefly appeared in Korn's music video "Got the Life." He also appeared on Hell's Kitchen where he sat at a chef's table. He also appeared on MADtv. Tito most recently played an MMA fighter named Derek Petrov on an episode of CSI: NY titled "Clean Sweep", which aired on January 6, 2012 on CBS. This same episode also stars David Gallagher, best known for his role as Simon Camden on TV series, 7th Heaven.

Personal life

Relationships and children

Ortiz was married to his first wife, Kristin, for 5 years. The couple has a son, Jacob. In 2006, he began dating former adult film star Jenna Jameson. He cancelled 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. On November 30, 2006, in an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Ortiz stated that he was in love with Jameson, that she was no longer acting in pornography, and that they were in a monogamous relationship.

Ortiz announced in August 2008 that he and Jameson were expecting twins together in April 2009. On March 16, 2009, Jameson gave birth to twin boys, Jesse Jameson and Journey Jett.

Legal issues

On April 26, 2010, Ortiz was arrested for felony domestic violence at the couple's Huntington Beach, California home. Jameson was photographed afterward that day with a bandaged arm, amid accusations by both parties against each other, with Ortiz accusing Jameson of being erratic and addicted to OxyContin, while she alleged that he was abusive. Since the incident occurred, both parties have recanted these allegations that were made toward one another, though as of April 29, 2010, the investigation by the police department remains open.

Ortiz was arrested on DUI charges in Los Angeles on January 6, 2014. However, he avoided a jail sentence, and instead was handed three years probation with additional undisclosed fine, and also an obligation to enroll in an alcohol education program.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • UFC Hall Of Fame
    • UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
    • Five successful title defenses
    • UFC 13 Light Heavyweight Tournament Runner-Up
    • Knockout of the Night (One time)
    • Submission of the Night (One time)
    • Fight of the Night (Four times)
    • Most fights in UFC history (27)
    • Most championship fights in the Light Heavyweight division (9)
    • Most championship rounds fought on Light Heavyweight division (28)
    • Second most successful Light Heavyweight title defenses in UFC history (5)
    • Second most consecutive successful Light Heavyweight title defenses in UFC history (5)
    • Second most wins in Light Heavyweight division championship fights (6)
    • Most wins in the Light Heavyweight division (15)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • 1999 Fight of the Year vs. Frank Shamrock on September 24
  • Fighting Spirit Magazine
    • 2006 Fight of the Year vs. Forrest Griffin on April 15

Professional wrestling

  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Worst Gimmick (2013) Aces & Eights

Submission grappling

  • Abu Dhabi Combat Club
    • 2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships −99 kg Bronze Medalist
    • 2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Absolute 4th Place

Amateur wrestling

  • California Community College Athletic Association
    • CCCAA State Champion (1995, 1996)
    • CCCAA All-American (1995, 1996)
    • CCCAA All-State Selection (1995, 1996)
  • California Interscholastic Federation
    • CIF All-State Selection (1993)

Mixed martial arts record

Books

  • (2008) This is Gonna Hurt: The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion.

See also

  • List of current Bellator fighters

External links

  • Official website
  • Professional MMA record for Tito Ortiz from Sherdog
  • Tito Ortiz on Twitter
  • Tito Ortiz at the Internet Movie Database
  • Tito Ortiz on UFC.com
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