Tito Ortiz is a retired American mixed martial artist and UFC Hall of Famer. He is a former Light Heavyweight Champion and had been one of mixed martial arts’ early stars. In 2006, Ortiz became the biggest draw in pay-per-views for his fights with Ken Shamrock, Forrest Griffin, and Chuck Liddell.
This half-Mexican and half-Hawaiian fighter was born Jacob Christopher Ortiz on January 23, 1975 in Huntington Beach, California. His family later moved to Santa Ana, California, where things took a turn for the worse. His childhood was difficult since both of his parents were addicted to heroin. Ortiz also became involved in gangs, took drugs, and was often placed in juvenile institutions.
During high school, he joined the wrestling team and excelled in the sport. Later, Ortiz went to Golden West College after being convinced by a future UFC fighter, Paul Herrera, who then was the wrestling coach of the said school. While in college, he became an All-American and won a state championship title.
It was in 1997 when Ortiz made his debut in mixed martial arts at the UFC. He was still in college at that time, so he was considered as an amateur player and competed for no contracts nor prize money. He signed under Bellator MMA, but worked in several other promotions including the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Aside from his fighting career, Ortiz also has his hands full in managing several businesses and is also into acting. He is the chief executive offers of an equipment and clothing line called the Punishment Athletics MMA. He also owns the Punishment Training Center which is a mixed martial arts gym located in his hometown, Huntington Beach.
Nicknamed “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy”, Ortiz has a mixed martial arts record of 32 fights with 19 wins, 12 losses, and 1 draw. Tito Ortiz and another MMA legend, Chuck Lidell are scheduled to have a reunion fight in the later part of 2018.