Former UFC Champion Tito Ortiz “I Lost Everything After 2020”

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz opened up about his financial struggles in a recent interview with FOX News. 

The UFC Hall of Famer went from a prizefighter turned politician in California to a blue-collar man in Florida, where he relocated to and opened his restaurant Tito’s Cantina. Ortiz now finds himself in tough times. 

“It’s really hard for me, because being a blue-collared man, with three boys, and a future of them, I gotta make sure I stand up and let my voice be heard.”

The former Huntington Beach Mayor was outspoken against President Biden’s policies, most notably around the border crisis. 

“It’s not just Mexicans that are coming across the border,” Ortiz said on FOX & Friends. “People don’t understand that. There’s children trafficking, there’s drugs that are coming across. All the cartels that are doing the things that American people don’t like, and you can see, all across the border, in Texas, Arizona, California, it’s shambles, and what the border patrol can’t take care of. And it’s because of the legislation and the policies that the Biden regime is doing right now.” 

“It’s sad for this country,” Ortiz continued. “And I hope people listen to me, as a blue-collared man that has to relocate here in Florida, open my own business, Tito’s Cantina Tequila Bar & Grill, here in Cape Coral, to redo the American dream, because I lost everything after 2020. And it’s hard for me because I’m still trying to take care of my children as a blue-collar man.” 

Ortiz ended with a call for solidarity. “People, we need to come together. We need to make sure we make America great again.”

Ortiz was one of the UFC’s early stars and held the Light Heavyweight Championship from 2000-2003. The 49-year-old last competed in the Octagon in July 2012. Ortiz was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on the same date. 

Following his UFC career and a brief retirement, Ortiz signed with Bellator MMA in 2014. He fought four times in the Bellator cage, and his 3-1 promotional record includes victories over Stephan Bonnar and Chael Sonnen

Ortiz last competed in 2021, losing his professional boxing debut against former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva by knockout in the opening round.

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