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Tito Ortiz

"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz

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  • Given Name: Jacob Christopher Ortiz
  • Professional MMA Record: 17-11-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Huntington Beach Bad Boy
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 39 | Date of Birth: 1975.01.23
  • Last Fight: May 17, 2014 in BFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Punishment
  • Height: 6'3" (190cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $2,665,000 USD
  • Born: Huntington Beach, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Huntington Beach, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz is one of the most charismatic, recognizable, and polarizing fighters in the history of mixed martial arts. Though he has ably played the role of the heel for fans for much of his long fighting career, Ortiz is without question a trailblazer, a showman and an innovator who helped shape and define MMA's modern-day landscape. He was for many years the UFC's biggest star, and had he not been headlining for the promotion in some of its darkest moments, the odds are that it would have folded.


Ortiz debuted for the UFC in 1997 and eventually went on to become the second-ever UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, defeating “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva for that honor at UFC 25 in 2000. After taking the belt, Ortiz put together a string of title defenses against notable fighters such as Evan Tanner, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Ken Shamrock, establishing himself as one of the world’s best cagefighters and setting the record for most consecutive light heavyweight defenses (five) in the process.


Ortiz’s style in the cage is a blend of freestyle wrestling and vicious ground-and-pound. It is an easy to predict but hard to prevent approach to fighting that has gained him notable victories over Patrick Cote, Forrest Griffin, and Vitor Belfort, among others. Even with today’s technical advances by a new generation of MMA fighters, Ortiz remains one of the most effective fighters on the planet at declining to pass his opponents guard and raining down devastating elbows from the top position.


Ortiz is one of the most vocal trash talkers in the sport and is responsible for some of MMA's most enduring rivalries. His two great antagonists were Ken Shamrock and Chuck Liddell. Ortiz owned Shamrock, beating him decisively in three separate bouts. But Liddell owned Ortiz, beating him just as decisively via TKOs in two high-profile title fights. But Ortiz's greatest rivalry of all may have come not with another cagefighter, but with UFC President Dana White. Former friends and business partners back when White managed Ortiz in his early fighting career, the two had fallen out and feuded bitterly and publicly for years. Often it was the fans who won out, as when the two came surprisingly close to signing up to box one another (White eventually thought better of it), or when Ortiz arrived at the weigh-in to his last fight under one particular UFC contract with a t-shirt reading "Dana White is my bitch."


After leaving the UFC for a time after dropping a Unanimous Decision to future champion Lyoto Machida in 2008, Ortiz returned to the organization in late 2009 after reconciling with White, determined to finish the remainder of his career with his original promotion. Plagued by chronic neck and back problems that have at times undermined his performances, Ortiz nevertheless fights on to this day, and remains a stern test for even the best fighters. Ortiz’s always-colorful personal life includes a longstanding and at times tumultuous relationship with the pornographic film star Jenna Jameson.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:01 PM ET
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Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight Ranking History

Tito Ortiz MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Stephan Bonnar
17-11-1 15-8-0

Bellator 131: Tito vs. Bonnar
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.11.15
Win | Submission | Choke
2:27 Round 1 of 3

Alexander Shlemenko
16-11-1 50-7-0

Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.05.17
Odds: +350 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Quinton Jackson Bellator 106 2013.11.02
Reason: Ortiz Neck Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Forrest Griffin
16-10-1 18-7-0

UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.07.07
Odds: +250 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#29 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
UFC 148 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:15 Round 1 of 3

Antônio Rogério Nogueira
16-9-1 19-5-0

UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.12.10
Odds: +220 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:48 Round 2 of 3, 9:48 Total

Rashad Evans
16-8-1 15-1-1

UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.08.06
Odds: +315 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 205.8 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#39 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC 133 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:56 Round 1 of 3

Ryan Bader
15-8-1 12-1-0

UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber II
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.07.02
Odds: +485 (Heavy Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $525,000 ($450K Base, $75K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#29 Greatest Submission of All Time
#9 Biggest Upset of All Time
#3 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
#34 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 132 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Antônio Rogério Nogueira UFC UFN 24 2011.03.26
Reason: Ortiz Cut/Stitches
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Matt Hamill
15-7-1 9-2-0

UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.10.23
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: Eminem - Mosh
Cancelled Bout Chuck Liddell UFC 115 2010.06.12
Reason: Ortiz Neck Injury
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Forrest Griffin
15-6-1 16-6-0

UFC 106: Ortiz vs Griffin 2
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2009.11.21
Odds: +108 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: Eminem - Mosh
#28 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
Cancelled Bout Mark Coleman UFC 106 2009.11.21
Reason: Coleman Knee Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Lyoto Machida
15-5-1 12-0-0

UFC 84: Ill Will
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.05.24
Odds: +155 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $210,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Draw | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rashad Evans
15-5-0 10-0-0

UFC 73: Stacked
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.07.07
Odds: -133 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $210,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:59 Round 3 of 5, 13:59 Total

Chuck Liddell
15-4-0 19-3-0

UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2006.12.30
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $210,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#29 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:23 Round 1 of 3

Ken Shamrock
14-4-0 26-11-2

UFC The Final Chapter: Ortiz vs Shamrock 3
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.10.10
Odds: -800 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 203.5 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
UFC The Final Chapter Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Elbows
1:18 Round 1 of 3

Ken Shamrock
13-4-0 26-10-2

UFC 61: Bitter Rivals
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.07.08
Odds: -480 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $210,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Forrest Griffin
12-4-0 12-2-0

UFC 59: Reality Check
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.04.15
Odds: -335 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#86 Greatest Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Vitor Belfort
11-4-0 12-4-0

UFC 51: Super Saturday
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2005.02.05
Odds: +105 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $175,000 ($125K Base, $50K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.5 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Guy Mezger UFC 50 2004.10.22
Reason: Mezger Stroke Symptoms
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Patrick Cote
10-4-0 5-0-0

UFC 50: The War of '04
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2004.10.22
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:38 Round 2 of 3, 5:38 Total

Chuck Liddell
10-3-0 13-3-0

UFC 47: It's On!
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2004.04.02
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $125,000 Base | Weigh-In: 202.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#50 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Randy Couture
10-2-0 11-5-0

UFC 44: Undisputed
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2003.09.26
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $125,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.5 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#73 Biggest Upset of All Time
#19 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
5:00 Round 3 of 5, 15:00 Total

Ken Shamrock
9-2-0 25-7-2

UFC 40: Vendetta
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2002.11.22
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Vladimir Matyushenko
8-2-0 10-1-0

UFC 33: Victory in Vegas
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2001.09.28
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:32 Round 1 of 5

Elvis Sinosic
7-2-0 4-3-1

UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands
Main Card | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2001.06.29
Odds: -250 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Slam
0:32 Round 1 of 5

Evan Tanner
6-2-0 23-2-0

UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 199

2001.02.23
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 200.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#90 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | Submission | Head
1:52 Round 1 of 5

Yuki Kondo
5-2-0 29-8-3

UFC 29: Defense of the Belts
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 90 kg

2000.12.16
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Wanderlei Silva
4-2-0 11-2-0

UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3
Main Event | Vacant Title | Middleweight | 90 kg

2000.04.14
Weigh-In: 198.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Submission | Strikes
4:42 Round 4 of 5, 19:42 Total

Frank Shamrock
4-1-0 18-7-2

UFC 22: Only One Can be Champion
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 199

1999.09.24
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#42 Greatest Fight of All Time
#14 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
#46 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
9:56 Round 1 of 1

Guy Mezger
3-1-0 22-7-2

UFC 19: Ultimate Young Guns
Main Event | Middleweight | 199 lbs

1999.03.05
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
14:31 Round 1 of 1

Jerry Bohlander
2-1-0 9-2-0

UFC 18: The Road to the Heavyweight Title
Main Card | Middleweight | 199 lbs

1999.01.08
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Knees

Jeremy Screeton

California Regional

1998.12.08
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:00 Round 1 of 1

Guy Mezger
0-0-0 11-5-2

UFC 13: Ultimate Force
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 199 lbs

1997.05.30
Weigh-In: 200.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:31 Round 1 of 1

Wes Albritton
0-0-0 0-0-0

UFC 13: Ultimate Force
Preliminary Card | Tournament Alternate | 199 lbs

1997.05.30
Weigh-In: 200.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy

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    Highlight  |  Tito Ortiz HL Vid by Machinemen report dead link

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    Fight Music presents this highlight video of Tito Ortiz.

  • Highlight  |  Tito Ortiz Old School HL Vid by Sherdog report dead link

    Back in the day when the internet was free, Sherdog.com used to post highlight videos of the world's top fighters. They have long since been taken down, but survive on YouTube and other video hosting providers. This one features the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz, once considered the top fighter on the planet.

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