Tito Ortiz will be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 148
The rare moment of adding another person into the UFC Hall of Fame is here. The latest entry into the UFC Hall of Fame is a man who is not only a living legend of MMA, but also a man who has helped the UFC reach new levels of fame.
Tito Ortiz, still a fan favorite and forever a loved one, is the latest entry into the UFC Hall of Fame. The UFC legend is the ninth person that has been added to the UFC Hall of Fame.
Tito Ortiz, aka the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy”, will fight one last time in the octagon before he announces his retirement. Tito Ortiz will fight in the octagon one last time against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 which will be held on July 7.
According to an official from UFC, Tito Ortiz will be officially inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at the UFC Fan Expo. The UFC Fan Expo will take on the weekend UFC 148 is held.
The President of UFC Dana White has also confirmed news about Tito Ortiz’s induction to the UFC Hall of Fame. Dana White confirmed this news in a statement to MMAWeekly.com.
“He pound for pound was doing some of the most damage at a time when we were hurting,” Dana White said. “But it’s part of our history the way the storylines played out between me, Chuck and Tito. He’s definitely a part of the history of the sport.”
Tito Ortiz began his MMA career in 1997 at UFC 13. At the event, Tito Ortiz defeated Wes Albritton though TKO in the very first round. Since then the name Tito Ortiz slowly grew to fame.
In 2000, Tito Ortiz went against Wanderlei Silva for the UFC light heavyweight title. The end result of the fight made Tito Ortiz the new UFC light heavyweight champion through unanimous decision.
Tito Ortiz also defended his title five times against the likes of Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Elvis Sinosic, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ken Shamrock.
Tito Ortiz eventually lost his title to Randy Couture at UFC 44 in 2003; but by then the name Tito Ortiz was already branded in the hearts of most UFC fans.
For many UFC fans the memorable highlights of Tito Ortiz’s career also include the epic encounters with Chuck Liddell. Tito Ortiz rightly deserves induction in the UFC Hall of Fame, after all fights like these were the reason behind UFC’s rise to fame.