Jacob Christopher Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. While with UFC, he was the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion from April 14 2000 to September 26 2003.  Ortiz became one of the sport's early-on stars, becoming the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 and appearing on the covers of various magazines. Outside the octagon, Ortiz is the CEO of the Punishment Athletics mixed martial arts equipment and clothing line.
Tito is the youngest of four sons born to a Mexican-American father and a European-American mother, and his mixed heritage is reflected in his ring entrances as he bears both Mexican and American flags. Growing up, Tito had a rough childhood as his parents were both addicted to heroin. Tito found an escape in wrestling.
Ortiz was a wrestler in his sophomore year at Huntington Beach High School. Under coach Paul Herrera, Ortiz went from being the "villiage idiot" to finishing fourth in the state high school championships as a senior. Following high school, Ortiz continued his wrestling career, winning two California state junior college titles for Golden West College. Following his stint at Golden West, Ortiz wrestled at Cal State Bakersfield. Ortiz trained with future NCAA, World and Super Bowl champion Stephen Neal. Tito has written a book called "This Is Gonna Hurt - The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts champion".
Ortiz has had fights as a submission wrestler and in 2000, competed in the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling tournament, in the under 99kg division. Tito finished in third place after winning 4 fights before losing in the semi-final by decision to Ricardo Arona. During the tournament he defeated Matt Hughes, Mike van Arsdale, Rumina Sato and Rostyslav Borysenko.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Prior to his UFC career, Tito Ortiz was Tank Abbott's training partner. 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 very first round. He was selected to face Guy Mezger in the Lightweight final after Enson Inoue could not continue due to injury. Ortiz lost the fight at 2:00 in the first round by submission. After returning with a TKO victory over Jeremy Screeton at West Coast NHB Championships 1 and a doctors stoppage due to cut against Jerry Bohlander at UFC 18, Tito avenged his loss to Mezger at UFC 19 by TKO in round 1.
In 1999 Ortiz fought Frank Shamrock for the UFC middleweight (199 lb) title at UFC 22, losing via submission due to strikes. Following the victory, Shamrock retired and vacated the championship. The middleweight division was then renamed the light heavyweight (205 lb) division and Ortiz was chosen, along with Wanderlei Silva, as a top contender. Ortiz defeated Wanderlei Silva for the vacant light heavyweight title at UFC 25 via unanimous decision. He went on to defend the belt 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 is still the longest light heavyweight championship reign since the title's inception in 1997. Following his loss to Couture, Ortiz faced Chuck Liddell at UFC 47, losing by second round knockout. 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, but none 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, Dana White announced that 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 storyline in The Ultimate Fighter 3. Ortiz won in the first round by TKO due to a stoppage by referee Herb Dean due to strikes. Shamrock protested that the stoppage was early. 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. Ortiz's rematch with Chuck Liddell (for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship) at UFC 66 (December 30, 2006) 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. The fight ended in a draw after Ortiz was penalized for grabbing the fence. Ortiz' last fight on his contract with the UFC was a unanimous decision loss to undefeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 on May 24, 2008. With all three judges scoring 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.
Leaving the UFCEdit
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.
Return to the UFCEdit
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. The bout was to occur at UFC 106.. However, Mark Coleman pulled out of this bout due to a second-degree tear of his MCL.
Due to an illness to heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, Ortiz's fight with Forrest Griffin was promoted to the headlining event for UFC 106. Forrest 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 that Tito 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 3rd time at the end of the season. However, in March it was speculated that Ortiz pulled out of the bout for unknown reasons, though it was confirmed by MMA connected that the fight between Tito and Chuck is still on as of March 17, 2010.
Template:Refimprove In May 2005, Ortiz appeared on the professional wrestling promotion TNA. On May 15, 2005 at TNA Hard Justice Ortiz served as special guest referee in the NWA World Heavyweight Championship title match between Jeff Jarrett and A.J. Styles at the behest of Director of Authority Dusty Rhodes. Ortiz (kayfabe) knocked out Jeff Jarrett with a right hook after Jarrett shoved him. This allowed Styles to hit his "spiral tap" for the pinfall victory and claim the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Jarrett. Ortiz returned to wrestling to referee an NWA World Heavyweight Championship match between Jeff Jarrett and Rhino on October 23, 2005 at the TNA Bound for Glory PPV.
Template:Refimprove Ortiz has a son from his marriage to his ex-wife, Kristen. In 2006, he began dating former pornographic actress Jenna Jameson, whom he met on Myspace. Ortiz 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, due to her well known career as a porn star. On November 30, 2006, in an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Ortiz stated that he is in love with Jameson, that she is no longer acting in pornography, and that they are in a monogamous relationship.
She introduced Ortiz and talked about their relationship at the 2008 AVN Adult Movie Awards while she was presenting an award. She also made brief appearances on two episodes of The Celebrity Apprentice to help Ortiz with the tasks assigned in those episodes.
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 named Jesse Jameson Ortiz and Journey Jett Ortiz. Jesse weighed 4 lbs and Journey weighed 4 lbs 11 oz.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
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|25||15 wins||7 losses|
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- UFC Light Heavyweight Champion (5 Time Defending)
- 2002 Feud of the Year (vs Ken Shamrock)
- 2006 Feud of the Year (vs Ken Shamrock)
- 2006 Fight of The Year (vs Forrest Griffin, UFC 59)
- 2006 Golden Gloves
- (2008) This is Gonna Hurt:The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion.
- ↑ Doyle, Dave (December 30, 2006). Light heavyweight title: Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz. Foxsports.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ "Since Ortiz's returned to the UFC , he has blossomed into 2006's hottest consistent ticket seller and buyrate draw in the pay-per-view business." The Iceman lets others handle the speculation. Fox Sports, MSN (2006). Retrieved on March 27, 2007.
- ↑ Ortiz overcame rough beginning. Baltimoresun.com (January 1, 2007). Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ Bio, Tito Ortiz official website.
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- ↑ Tito Ortiz Biography. TitoOrtiz.info. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ Meltzer, Dave (May 16, 2008). Ortiz vs. White is UFC's hottest feud. Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ Wrestling Journal 2.4.1 (April 2005). Wrestlingjournal.netfirms.com (April 2005). Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ Sloan, Mike (July 9, 2007). Monday Morning Reverie: True Champions. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ UFC 84 Results and live play-by-play. MmaWeekly.com (May 24, 2008). Archived from the original on May 29, 2008. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ DeLorenzo, Brandt (May 27, 2008). Are Judges Favoring the Lyoto Machida Style?. MMAOpinion.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ Sherdog.com (May 24, 2008). UFC 84 'Ill Will' Play-by-Play. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ Martin, Damon (May 29, 2008). Ortiz Confirms He Will Not Return To UFC. MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2009. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ Clontz, Curtis (October 20, 2008). Free Agency in MMA: Tito and Antwain. MMAOpinion.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ Iannotti, James. MMA Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz back surgery a success. MMAmania.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- ↑ Cleber Luciano Jiu-Jitsu. URL accessed on October 23, 2009.
- ↑ UFC Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz 'came to amends' with Dana White (Update)
- ↑ http://twitter.com/danawhiteufc
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/ufc-post-fight-press-conference-notes-19004
- ↑ http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news;_ylt=AhysdJdlPimWKNfMP6_.sdM9Eo14?slug=ki-ortizgriffin100809&prov=yhoo&type=lgns
- ↑ http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=23331
- ↑ http://www.fightersonlymagazine.co.uk/news/viewarticle.php?id=4113
- ↑ "UFC's Ortiz Still Man of People", by Anwar S. Richardson, The Tampa Tribune, reprinted on Ring Sport K1. Retrieved February 13, 2007.
- ↑ EXCLUSIVE: Jenna Jameson Confirms She's Pregnant. US magazine (2008-08-25). Retrieved on 2008-08-26.
- ↑ "Miramar ball guest cancels; wants to bring porn-star girlfriend", By John Hoellwarth, Marine Corps Times, October 27, 2006.
- ↑ "Porn Star Too Hot for Marines", "Page Six", November 1, 2006, New York Post. Retrieved February 5, 2007.
- ↑ Howard Stern show summary, November 30, 2006, Howard Stern.com. Retrieved February 5, 2007.
- ↑ Samia Sehgal (2008-09-23). Jenna Jameson confirms being pregnant with Twins. themoneytimes.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-23.
- ↑ Jameson Confirms That She's Expecting Twins. WSCC-FM (2008-09-23). Retrieved on 2008-09-23.
- ↑ Jenna Jameson Gives Birth to Twin Boys!. Retrieved on March 16, 2009.
- ↑ Jenna Jameson Names Twins Jesse and Journey Celebrity Baby Blog, March 18, 2009
- Official Tito Ortiz Website
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- Tito Ortiz Interview -- June 2008
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