Tito Ortiz Biography Introduction:
So which is it? Is Ortiz a selfish guy that disrespects his opponents after fights or one that selflessly works to better fighters that could one day challenge him in the sport he's devoted his life to?
Date of Birth:
Training Camp, Fighting Organization, and Nickname:
Martial Arts Background:
MMA Beginnings :
Becoming a UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and Star:
Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell:
At UFC 47, after Ortiz had already lost his belt to Couture at UFC 44, he and Liddell finally did get it on. Ortiz fell by way of KO. At UFC 66, he once again lost to Liddell, this time by TKO.
In the past, Ortiz displayed freakish cardio that allowed him to wear out opponents. In his more recent fights, he's been the one that has seemingly fatigued later in contests.
Ortiz has a son from his earlier marriage to Kristen. He began dating former porn actress Jenna Jameson in 2006 after meeting her on MySpace. On March 16, 2009, Jameson gave birth to their twin boys, Jesse and Journey. On April 26, 2010, Ortiz was arrested for felony domestic violence at the at their home in Huntington Beach, California home. Jameson was photographed later with a bandaged arm, accusing that Ortiz had been abusive. Ortiz countered that she was erratic and addicted to OxyContin. Both have recanted their allegation since. They are no longer together, and Ortiz currently has full custody of their twins.
Some Great Tito Ortiz Moments:
- Ortiz defeats Ryan Bader by guillotine choke at UFC 132: Ortiz was on the worst streak of his career, having lost four-of-five fights with one draw. Things were looking bleak. But then came a hard right hand that left Bader a little too disoriented to defend himself against the guillotine. And with that, Ortiz netted one of his greatest wins ever.
- Ortiz defeats Ken Shamrock by way of TKO at UFC 40: The UFC as an organization was on the comeback trail, trying to burrow their way into mainstream consciousness. Enter a match between Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, two guys that clearly despised one another. Ortiz dominated the former standout MMA fighter, displaying those ground and pound capabilities he'd become known for. This cemented Ortiz's position as the most popular fighter in the sport at the time.
- Ortiz defeats Wanderlei Silva by unanimous decision at UFC 25: Here's how this one went in a nutshell: Ortiz took "The Axe Murderer" down at will and pounded away at him. End of story.
- Ortiz and his team dominate Ken Shamrock and his team on TUF 3: The fact that Ortiz outcoached this UFC legend wasn't really what made Ortiz's team's dominance noteworthy during the TUF 3 telecast. Rather, it was the way he got along with his team and worked for their benefit that did. The guy that everyone deemed so selfish from his refusal to fight Chuck Liddell earlier in his career didn't look so selfish anymore.
- Ortiz appears on Celebrity Apprentice: When Ortiz appeared on Donald Trump's show, it demonstrated two things. First, his star power. Second, that MMA had really come a long way in popularity.