Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz was born in Huntington Beach, California in the United States on January 23rd in 1975. Ortiz is one of the pioneers of MMA and the UFC making his MMA debut at UFC 13 in 1997. Ortiz won the UFC light heavyweight title on his second try, defended it 5 times, and at the time was considered one of the best fighters in the world. Multiple injuries and a disdain for authority derailed his career as he was often undergoing surgeries and fighting with the powers that be in the UFC.
Ortiz won just 1 of his last 9 fights in the UFC and in 2014 he left the promotion and made his Bellator debut. Ortiz was 2-0 in Bellator and earned a shot at Liam McGeary’s Bellator light heavyweight title but he fell victim to an inverted triangle choke and was submitted in the first round. Ortiz is in the UFC Hall of Fame and will go down in history as one of the men responsible for the rapid growth of MMA around the world.
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