Tito Ortiz
Martial artist
Tito Ortiz
Jacob Christopher "Tito" Ortiz is a American mixed martial artist and former UFC 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.
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Often Maligned & Ridiculed, Tito Ortiz Gets the Swansong He Deserved - Bleacher Report
Google News - about 1 month
Bleacher Report Often Maligned & Ridiculed, Tito Ortiz Gets the Swansong He Deserved Bleacher Report MMA doesn't usually work out that way. The ending is usually cold and ugly and depressing. Just ask BJ Penn. Even the pioneers get booted out rather than feted. On a few rare occasions, though, the clouds part and the MMA gods smile down, and one of ... Bellator 170 salaries: Tito Ortiz hauls $300K in retirement fightMMA Fighting Tito Ortiz goes out a winner, submits Chael Sonnen in first at Bellator 170Yahoo Sports Tito Ortiz Ends MMA Career with First-Round Sub of Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170Sherdog.com Bloody Elbow -MMAmania.com -Sacramento Bee -MMAWeekly (blog) all 182 news articles »
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Tito Ortiz admits concussion scares forced his hand on retirement talk
ABC News - about 1 month
After nearly 20 years of professional cage fighting, Tito Ortiz is more than ready to call it a career. Ortiz (18-12-1) takes on Chael Sonnen on Saturday, at Bellator 170 in Los Angeles (9 p.m. ET, Spike TV/ESPN Deportes/ESPN3). The bout will take place two days before his 42nd birthday, and Ortiz has repeatedly said it will be his last. Retirement is not always definitive in mixed martial arts. History has shown it's hard for fighters to stay away, especially those with the ability to command big paydays. Ortiz would know, having retired in 2012, only to come back in 2014. But Ortiz, who did not fight at all in 2016, says he is "100 percent" sure Saturday will be his final fight. And speaking to ESPN's 5ive Rounds podcast, the former UFC champion admitted he has already felt some scary physical effects from a professional fighting career that began at UFC 13 in 1997. "I've had. ...
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Chael Sonnen signs with Bellator, wants Tito Ortiz in November
ABC News - 5 months
Chael Sonnen is coming back to the cage, and he's doing it with Bellator. Sonnen, a former UFC fighter who announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in 2014, signed a multiyear, multi-fight deal with Bellator, the promotion company announced Thursday night. Sonnen, 39, said he hopes to begin in November by taking on fellow UFC alumnus Tito Ortiz, but he says he'll begin the next chapter of his career with no other preferences about opponents, fight locations or even weight classes. "I want to fight right now, and I don't fight in any weight division," Sonnen told The Associated Press. "I fight at gangster weight. Wherever the competition is, I will show up. [Bellator president Scott] Coker has got guys under contract from 185 to 205. He's signing guys at heavyweight. If he's got guys that want to fight, then let's fight." Sonnen, who serves as an MMA analyst for ESPN, has fought for the UFC middleweight and light...
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Chael Sonnen talks Bellator signing, prior PED use - ESPN
Google News - 5 months
Washington Post Chael Sonnen talks Bellator signing, prior PED use ESPN Former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen signed a multiyear contract with Bellator MMA on Thursday and has interest in a showdown with Tito Ortiz. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images. Facebook · Twitter; Pinterest · Email; comment. 12:02 AM ET. Chael Sonnen wants Bellator fight with Ortiz, Tito responds to 'bad girl'Bloody Elbow Return of the American Gangster: Chael Sonnen Opens Up About Move to BellatorBleacher Report Chael Sonnen on signing with Bellator MMA: 'The ruler has returned'MMAmania.com Yahoo Sports -MMA News -MMAFrenzy.com -The Seattle Times all 92 news articles »
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Five Rounds: Stephan Bonnar talks all things UFC 202
ABC News - 6 months
Each week, ESPN.com writer Brett Okamoto provides his take on the hottest topics in the world of mixed martial arts. This week, Okamoto squares off with UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar?to debate all things UFC 202 ahead of Saturday's pay-per-view card from Las Vegas. Bonnar (15-9), 39, retired following his 2014 loss to Tito Ortiz?under the Bellator MMA banner. He is the host of "The Final Round with Stephan Bonnar" podcast.? 1.? How much star power does Conor McGregor lose if he suffers a second consecutive loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 202 ? Bonnar: I don't get it. I mean, he's such a big star and it's one thing to have your big star get the s--- kicked out of him once, but why do it again right away? It would be one thing if the fight was close but Conor is a 145-pound fighter. Diaz is a big guy. Conor got full extension.. ...
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Jenna Jameson On Her Custody Battle, DUI Arrest And The Promise She Made To Her Sons (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Five years ago, former adult film star Jenna Jameson thought she'd be married and have the picture-perfect family by now. Instead, she's battling for custody of her 4-year-old twins boys with her former partner of six years, Ultimate Fighter Tito Ortiz. In the above clip from "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" Jameson shares her side of the story. "Well, I can't really talk about it because I'm actually in court with my ex over my children, but no, I have not lost custody of my children," Jameson says. "I see my children all the time and just right now I think that things are a bit raw between my ex and I, and it's just going to take a little bit of time." "I think we all need to realize what's the most important thing when it comes to a relationship when you have children, and that's the children," she says. Jameson also discusses her DUI arrest in May of 2012 after crashing her car into a lightpole. She pled guilty and was sentenced to 3 years of probation. "Getting a DUI, I think ...
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Ortiz Out: Chandler, Alvarez to Headline Bellator MMA on Spike
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Eight days ahead of what was supposed to be their landmark foray into the pay per view format, Bellator MMA was forced to re-shuffle their deck, after main-event competitor Tito Ortiz withdrew from his promotional debut against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, citing a neck fracture. While Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney quickly pulled the plug on the for-pay portion of the event, scratching Jackson from the card altogether, the news is not all bad for the Newport Beach, California-based organization, as lightweight champion Michael Chandler will defend his world title against former strap holder Eddie Alvarez on November 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The highly anticipated rematch will air at 9 PM on the Spike network. "I've never seen a better fight than Alvarez-Chandler one. It was awesome, and I wanted incredibly bad to make the second fight," comments Rebney. "It's obviously got a lot of the soap opera and intrigue behind it ... two of the top lightweights in the world facing off. ...
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Jenna Jameson TV Interview Cut Short Over Bizarre Behavior & Slurred Words
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Former porn star turned erotic novelist Jenna Jameson's live TV interview on "Good Day New York" was cut short on Monday because she was slurring her words and appeared as though she might have been intoxicated, reports TMZ. The 39-year-old sat down with co-hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto to promote her new book, "Sugar." According to the website's sources, she was scheduled to stay for two complete segments but producers made the call to cut her time after just four minutes on live TV. During the short interview, Jameson teased her upcoming book, "It's about me. I didn't want it to be exact of what I've always done, so I kind of made up a fantastic, yummy story." Kelly and Scotto also questioned the former porn queen about her ongoing legal battles with ex Tito Ortiz, who now has custody of their twin four-year-old sons, Jesse and Journey. Last week, Jameson tweeted that Oritz wasn't letting her see her children, "So why hasn't Tito let me FaceTime my babies at all? I will ...
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Preview for the August 22, 2013 episode of TNA Impact: The Over-the-Hill Gang
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Previously on Impact Wrestling Viewer discretion was advised, although unless you faint at the sight of spilled Appletini, I'm not sure what there was to be discerning about. Other than the usual TNA-ness of it all. The new alliance between Bobby Roode and Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian of Bad Influence paid immediate dividends, largely due to the aforementioned apple-flavored cocktail. Jeff Hardy was cheated out of 20 Bound for Glory (BFG) series points when Kaz hit him with the drink, then the Fallen Angel threw it on Magnus to allow Roode to put him through a table for 20 of his own. Kurt Angle was written off of Impact the right way, and Dixie Carter's announcement of that set-up the main throughline for the show - how will the Main Event Mafia (MEM) ever manage to fight off those scary Aces and Eights men without our Olympic hero? No one has been able to tell me what happened to Velvet Sky, but the Knockouts tornado tag became a three-way hardcore ...
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#August1Warning reveal: Is Tito Ortiz the culprit?
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Tonight is the night, folks. It's the night we finally get to see who is behind the #August1Warning hype videos TNA has been releasing to pop a rating for the show that will emanate from Wichita Falls, Texas, later on this evening. And, somehow, no one has figured out exactly who it is who will be showing up. There are quite a few theories, of course. Some are silly, like Goldberg, some slightly less silly, like Batista, and others just downright unsatisfying, like Bob Holly. Since last night, however, speculation has grown that a certain bad boy from Huntington Beach is the culprit. Indeed, after the announcement that Bellator had signed a Tito Ortiz vs. Rampage Jackson pay-per-view (PPV) fight under the Bellator banner on Nov. 2, the obvious connection was made and the natural assumption is that Ortiz will be revealed as the newest member of the TNA roster. It wouldn't be the first time the former UFC champion worked with the promotion. He first dipped his toe in th ...
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Charles Karel Bouley: Tyson KO's Box Office at Pantages
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
One individual event or thing usually doesn't cause a disaster: it usually is a confluence of events that go wrong to bring about a disastrous event. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is proof of that. In the ring, Tyson was an undisputed champion, holding the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles and was the first to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles simultaneously and has been inducted in to the Boxing Hall of Fame. His life outside the ring, however, has been somewhat of a train wreck. Three marriages, seven children, a very public and messy divorce, multiple arrests, addictions; his very public life has often amplified some very personal failings. In Undisputed Truth Tyson gets to tell his side of the story in a one man show that is funny, poignant, sad and engaging. Is it the truth? Well, we are all the heroes of our own story; seeing life through the filter of being at the center of the its universe. Akira Kurosawa's 1950s film R ...
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Has Jon Jones Supplanted Tito Ortiz as the UFC's Greatest Headache of All Time?
Bleacher Report - over 4 years
Jon Jones continued his magical run onto the S-List of most MMA fans today by posting this gem on his Twitter account: Thanks to the old man and his knee I don't either “@aarondkuehn: Thanks to @jonnybones I have no plans tonight....” — Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 1, 2012 There appears to be some sort of public relations education issue with Jones, but you already know that. For more on this tweet and how he has blamed Dan Henderson for the cancellation of UFC 151, you can head over to Jonathan Snowden's column that he posted earlier today which also includes Jeremy Botter's take. I'm tired of all things related to Bones Jones. However, with UFC 152 still three weeks away, I thought I'd bring up one last thing that I feel could make or break the perception of the UFC as we move past this tumultuous year. With every bit of news that comes from Jones, it makes me wonder if this is how it would have been should Tito Ortiz have had access to a Twitter account during ...
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Jack Daniel's Asks Book Cover To Change
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Patrick Wensink's book "Broken Piano For President" has a familiar-looking cover. So familiar, in fact, that Jack Daniel's sent his publisher Lazy Facist Press a cease-and-desist letter, asking him to change it. This isn't the first time this has happened; David Thorne received such a letter from Penguin regarding his original cover for "I'll Go Home Then, It's Warm And Has Chairs"; Tito Ortiz's publisher received one from the Ultimate Fighting Championship for him wearing his champion's belt on the cover, an apparent breach of image rights, and according to the UPI wire service, a book cover in 1982 had to be changed because no less than the Secret Service sent a cease-and-desist regarding a photograph of the author's press pass. However, it seems unlikely that any of these letters were as civilized as that from JD's senior attorney for trademarks, Christy Susman. "We are certainly flattered by your affection for the brand," it states in a very unlawyerly manner, c ...
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P-burg native on Fox's "Hells Kitchen"
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 4 years
A Phillipsburg native is one of the contestants on the tenth season of  Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," the reality cooking competition in which chefs compete under the eye of sharp-tonged celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Phillipsburg High grad Christina Wilson who says she was inspired by her grandmother's comfort food is one of 18 chefs competing for the grand prize of working as head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas. Wilson who moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to pursue her cooking passions worked as sous chef at Stella Blu and kitchen manager at Gypsy Saloon, in West Conshohocken as she attended Temple University.  She then moved to center city Philadelphia to work as sous chef at Lolita, before moving to Mercato as chef de cuisine. She says her signature dish is molasses pork chop with sweet mashed cider kale. Wilson is one of 9 chefs left on the show which launched in June and cooks for the Red Team. For this season Ramsay has been inviting celebrity guests to dinn ...
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The end: Tito Ortiz inspired for final UFC bout
CNN - over 4 years
Tito Ortiz's career comes to a close Saturday after 15 years. Surrounded by his team, the Hall of Famer is focused and confident as he prepares for Forrest Griffin, writes Loretta Hunt.
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Ortiz wants to go out a winner
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
It can be argued that Tito Ortiz picked both the best and worst UFC event to have his final MMA fight.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tito Ortiz
  • 2015
    On June 19, 2015, it was announced that Ortiz will face Liam McGeary for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details The match eventually took place on September 19, 2015 at Bellator 142: Dynamite 1. Ortiz lost the fight via inverted triangle choke in the first round. 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" Justino as its first high-profile client. He has come out of retirement to fight in Bellator MMA.
  • 2014
    As of November 2014, Ortiz is in a relationship with former Octagon Girl Amber Nichole Miller.
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    On February 14, 2014, Tito Ortiz stepped down as manager for Cristiane Justino.
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    Ortiz faced fellow UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar on November 15, 2014 at Bellator 131.
    More Details Hide Details He won via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 was arrested on DUI charges in Los Angeles on January 6, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2013
    On Oct 25, 2013, Tito Ortiz divorced adult film star Jenna Jamenson and released a video citing creative differences in the relationship.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On July 31, 2013 it was announced that Ortiz would 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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 organization in the future.
    Jameson and Ortiz split up in March 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Ortiz was granted full custody of the twins.
  • 2012
    Ortiz faced Forrest Griffin for a third time on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148.
    More Details Hide Details Ortiz was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame prior to his final bout, but has since been removed as of 4/30/2014. He lost 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.
  • 2011
    Ortiz faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ortiz lost by TKO via strikes to the body in the second round despite nearly finishing Evans in round one with a guillotine.
    Ortiz took on Ryan Bader on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Ortiz was expected to face Antônio Rogério Nogueira on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2010
    Ortiz fought Matt Hamill on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
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    On April 7, 2010, UFC president Dana White said Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 was scheduled to be the main event for UFC 115.
    More Details Hide Details However, on April 12, 2010, the UFC confirmed the main event for the card was Liddell vs. Rich Franklin.
  • 2009
    Ortiz had said he would fight again in August 2009, but this did not occur.
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    White officially announced Ortiz's return in a conference call on July 31, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details 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 July 17, 2009, both Ortiz and Dana White stated that the pair had made amends.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On March 16, 2009, Jameson gave birth to twin boys, Jesse Jameson and Journey Jett.
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  • 2008
    On Wednesday, December 17, 2008, Affliction Entertainment announced that Ortiz would be part of the broadcast team for the Affliction: Day of Reckoning.
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    On October 6, 2008, Ortiz underwent back surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details According to his website, he had been experiencing back pain since his fight with Randy Couture.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
  • 2007
    He then fought against undefeated The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Rashad Evans on July 7, 2007, at UFC 73.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2006
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In 2006, he began dating former adult film star Jenna Jameson.
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    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ortiz beat Shamrock for the third time in this fight, which was stopped in the first round due to strikes.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shamrock lost in the first round by TKO due to strikes (elbows) by Ortiz.
    Ortiz's first fight in his return occurred at UFC 59 on April 15, 2006, against previous The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner Forrest Griffin.
    More Details Hide Details Ortiz won via split decision.
  • 2005
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2003
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Couture defeated Ortiz via unanimous decision.
  • 2000
    In the MMA world, he is known for his stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000 to September 26, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, he was one of the sports 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. 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.
  • 1999
    In 1999, Ortiz fought Frank Shamrock for what is now known as the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 22.
    More Details Hide Details 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 (205 lb) 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.
  • 1997
    Ortiz's mixed martial arts debut was at UFC 13 in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1975
    Born on January 23, 1975.
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