Tito is a well known retired Mixed Martial artist. He was a talented and skilled artist who won many titles in his glory days. He has held the Ultimate Fighting Championship title as well as the title of Light Heavyweight Champion. He is among the first stars of this sport and in 2006 his fights against Liddell, Ken Shamrock, and Forrest Griffin became the attracted the highest pay-per-view. After retiring from fighting, he became the Chief Executive Officer of equipment and Clothing Company called Punishment Athletics. He also owns a training gym for MMA and its called Punishment Training Center.
Tito Ortiz Early life
Jacob Christopher Ortiz was born in the year 1975 in January. His mother is called Joyce while his father is called Samuel Ortiz. His father nicknamed him Tito when he was one year old. Growing up, he faced a lot of challenges because both of his parents were drug addicts. He had to support himself and especially after his parents separated.
He attended Huntington Beach High School and took an interest in wrestling as a sport. At the age of 18, he became addicted to methamphetamines. At 19 he enrolled at Golden West College after being encouraged by Paul Herrera. He later transferred to California State University at Bakersfield where he continued to wrestle.
Ortiz first debut as in MMA was in the year 1997 at UFC 13 while he was still in college. He fought at West Coast NHB Championship 1 and won against Jeremy Screeton. He also fought at UFC 18 against Jerry Bohlander who was a Light Heavyweight Tournament champion and won.
In 2003, Ortiz faced Randy Couture at UFC 44 and lost the match to him. After losing, he faced Chuck Liddell at UFC 47 and lost to him too. In 2005, Ortiz was the coach of the reality show called The Ultimate Fighter 3 alongside Ken Shamrock. In that same year, he also fought against Forrest Griffin and Shamrock and defeated the both of them. In 2007, he fought against Rashad Evans, and the match ended with a draw.
In 2008, Ortiz did not resign with UFC. After that, he became a free agent. In the same year, it was announced by Affliction Entertainment that Ortiz would be part of the broadcast team for Affliction: Day of Reckoning. In 2009, Ortiz went back to UFC and fought with Griffin where he lost. He also became the coach of The Ultimate Fighter season 11.
In 2011, Ortiz fought against Ryan Bader and won. He had a rematch with Rashad Evans, and he lost the match. He also lost to Nogueira. Before retiring he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. He also fought against Griffin and lost.
Ortiz fought against Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 120 in the year 2014 and won. He also faced Stephan Bonnar at Bellator 131 in November and won. In 2015, at Bellator 142 Dynamite 1, he faced Liam McGeary, and he lost. In 2017, he fought at Bellator 170 against Chael Sonnen, and he won. This was his last fight.
Tito Ortiz net worth in 2017
Ortiz is a skilled Mixed Martial Artists, and he has made a name for himself. Over the years he has had many wins and a few losses. He fought a good fight and defended his right to be called a legendary fighter. His estimated net worth is $16 million US dollars as of 2017.
During his glory days, Ortiz was a force to reckon with. He is a man that many people will read about every time the read about MMA. He is worth every dime that he gets because he has earned it. We wish him the best in his endeavors after retiring from fighting.