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Tito Ortiz To Be Inducted Into The UFC Hall Of Fame On July 7 | UFC NEWS


he Ultimate Fighting Championship organization has confirmed that Tito Ortiz – the longest-reigning light heavyweight champion of all time and one of the biggest personalities in the sport of mixed martial arts – will be the ninth individual to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Ortiz will be officially inducted at midday on July 7 at the UFC Fan Expo, meaning he will fight the final bout of his 15-year career against old nemesis Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 on July 7 as a confirmed UFC Hall of Famer. Ortiz is the first inductee since 2010, and joins Matt Hughes, MMA pioneer Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis, Mark Coleman, Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn as well as contemporaries Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture in the pantheon of Octagon immortals.

“It is a huge honor to be recognized as one of the greatest fighters of all time by the UFC,” Ortiz said. “To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is final proof that all the hard work and dedication, all the pain and sacrifices, were all worth it. To be able to walk to the Octagon one last time as an official UFC Hall of Fame level fighter is going to be humbling and awesome. I’m very grateful to have this opportunity to end my career on such a high like this.

“I want to thank my family for all their love and support and my fans for sticking with me through the bad times when being a Tito Ortiz fan wasn’t the coolest thing to be. Finally, I want to thank Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White for giving me so many opportunities over the years and for securing the future of the sport I love and have dedicated my life to.”

A brash, polarizing presence with bleached blonde hair and devastating takedowns, Ortiz made his UFC debut on May 30, 1997 at UFC 13. He smashed an entrant named Wes Albritton in 31 seconds and, within three years, had annexed the UFC light heavyweight title by beating the also soon-to-be legendary Wanderlei Silva. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy would go on to reign for a record three and a half years and had some of the biggest fights of his or any other era.

UFC President Dana White said: “Everyone knows the story of me and Tito and all the things that went on between us. A lot of it wasn’t fun at the time, but all that controversy and craziness is now part of the story of the UFC, and there’s no question that in his prime he was a huge star and one of the greats of his era.

“You can’t write the story of this era of mixed martial arts without Tito Ortiz, and that’s why he belongs in the Hall of Fame. He’s been in the UFC for 15years – and sticking around that long is an achievement in itself – and now he’s down to just 15minutes at UFC 148. Believe me, I know how proud and stubborn this guy is and I expect him to use everything he has left as a fighter to go out as a winner at UFC 148.”

UFC Chairman & CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said: “Tito is part of the fabric of our sport and of the history of our company. He’s given his life to mixed martial arts and gave all of us some hugely memorable moments as both a fighter and a personality outside the Octagon. He was a lock to go into the UFC Hall of Fame at some point, and I’m happy we could make this happen now so he gets to enter the Octagon for the final time as a reigning Hall of Famer. I think this will be an emotional goodbye for Tito and one final special moment for his fans.”

Ortiz aims to leave UFC 148 – and his career – as a winner.

“My name will probably always be linked with guys like Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell and especially Ken Shamrock,” Ortiz said. “But the fights with Forrest were as good and competitive as any of them. When I first fought him, he was inexperienced and made a name for himself in doing so well against me. The next time we fought I was supposed to be over the hill, and I showed that I wasn’t finished by long shot.

“Now, I just want to prove I was the better fighter all along by winning the rubber match. I don’t want to go out on a sour note – I want everyone’s last image of me to be me in the center of the Octagon with my hand raised.”

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7 Comments to Tito Ortiz To Be Inducted Into The UFC Hall Of Fame On July 7 | UFC NEWS

  1. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    Tito is an awesome dude in person and very respectful individul. Nothing like people like to portray he as. Yes he has always done his best to hype fights but he was one of the main stars that helped ZUFFA get to where they are today.

  2. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    Well other than picking me up over his head in front of my wife and putting me in ahelicopter spin he is pretty fun dude to hang with. Yea i begged liek a bitch not to get power slammed after I was a smart ass and asked him where all his body guards were. BIG MISTAKE. i use to think i could hold my own with just about anyone tell I had Tito’s friggen Gorilla ass throwing me around like a ragdoll. TRUST ME in 2003 Tito was one bad MO FO

  3. WRESTLINGRULES says:

    wlll fitch hater…there are son clear clear holes in your story,,,first of all your a faggot so how can you have a wife???? even if you were not gay as fuk you could not get a girl anyways..so there is the first 2 problemss////secondly where did you see tito ?? to walk up and talk like that?? this was befor th tuf was even thought up.. its just such bullshit cuz tito lost the belt in 2003…and did not fight from 02-03,,then came baxk to lose to randy…i just dont buy itt…your fuking full of shitt

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      hey wrestling faggot I met Tito in 2003 at a armwrestling tournamnet in LA and we hung out and he nsat with me and my wife while I competed. Man i would like nothing better to find out where you live so I could fly down and track your lying faggot ass down and kick the holy fuck out of you. any amount money I promise i will put you in hospital. hopefully one of your buttfuck buddies will be to tak me out of killing you. Never in my life have i wanted to hurt somene as bad as you. I would go to prison to get my hands on you. I have beaten 1000 men into ground that would all bury you ass into your face. You are the biggest piece of shit I have ever come across and youdeserve to get hurt real bad. anywhere anytime buddy name place and time i will be ther 24 hrs

      • Clay says:

        Oh yeah? I’ve beatin 100000 men then I proceeded to fuck all of their girlfriends. Then I hit the lottery. And now I’m just a baddass who gets on bj penn.com all day because that’s how hard I am. Seriously.. I’m not insecure at all.. Haha^^ this guy

      • BasRutt says:

        Did you beat Sylvester Stallone in the finals of your arm wrestling competition and win a badass truck and a $100k…..yeah I’ve seen that move too…..You’re the ultimate keyboard warrior on here always throwing threats around; you need to chill out dude (unless it’s directed at Blah blah blah, then I totally get it)…

        On the subject of Tito, anyone who doesn’t think he belongs in the hall of fame has kind of a short memory, for a while he was untouchable at LHW and for me rightly deserves a spot in the HOF.

  4. dave says:

    i dont think tito should be in the hall of fame…if he goes in i hiope frank shamrock and ken are both in already..(i dont know if they are) ..but tito was a coward champ..the only champ to ever fight only 5 times in 3,.5 years…and the only champ that was not injured but they had make a interm belt…tito was a coward even when he was still half good..and he always cryd like a bitch and made up excuses,,,and every fukin interveiw he wont let you forget about the 15 years of his luife he gave to ufc and about his back injury and he only guy to come back an bla bla bla….tito folds from anything to the body like a fukin lawn chair…if tito had manned up and faced chuck rather then sit out then he would only have held the belt 2.5 years ..and chuck would have the record at lhw….if there was any other lhw to take tito spot for champ he would have done so much more for the ufc…tito was bad for the sport…the guys a loser bum

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