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Closing of a Legendary Career – Jacob “Tito” Ortiz

Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz

Jacob Ortiz better known as Tito Ortiz was nicknamed The Huntington Beach Bad Boy for apparent reasons, he was the prototype, the blueprint for further trash-talking superstars like Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen in his legendary career.

Ortiz racked up 32 victories and 12 losses and 1 draw, he fought out of Huntington Beach CA representing Punishment Training Center. In 1997 at UFC 13, still a college student Tito made his MMA debut winning in 31 seconds of the first round via referee stoppage but his momentum stopped as he tapped to a guillotine choke at 2 minutes of the first round in his Light Heavyweight finals.

Ortiz won his next fight at NHB and avenged his loss at UFC 19. After the fight during the post-fight interview, Tito Ortiz started a legendary rivalry with Ken Shamrock.

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In 1999, Ortiz went up against Frank Shamrock for the then Middle Weight Championship at UFC 22 and lost. Shamrock vacated the belt and Ortiz would go up again Wanderlei Silva, for now, the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 25 and won via unanimous decision. He would go on to defend the title 5-times before a 9-year long layoff after he came back, he fought interim Champion Randy Couture and lost in an unification bout at UFC 44.

After the loss, Ortiz would fight teammate and long-time friend Chuck Liddell at UFC 47 and lost. After the loss to Liddell, Ortiz won his next two fights in the UFC. In 2005 Ortiz took a couple months off to invest time in personal projects. In late 2005, Ortiz and Ken Shamrock were announced as coaches for the third installment in the Ultimate Fighter Series.

Tito won his next fight and he was looking to fight long-time rival Ken Shamrock next and won in the first round, and won the rematch as Ortiz would get a title match in a rematch against Liddell. But Tito came up short yet again. Tito’s next match against Rashad Evans ended in a draw.

Ortiz lost his last fight under his UFC contract in 2008. In 2009, Ortiz lost his first match back and would lose his next fight, Ortiz would not fight until 2011 where he would win his first match in years.

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Ortiz would lose his next two fights and would be introduced into the UFC Hall of Fame before his final bout where he came up short yet again and retired. In 2013, Tito signed with Bellator MMA and came out of retirement and won his comeback match. He would lose his next match and won the next one which was announced as his last fight closing a legendary career.


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