MMA Best Fighter: Tito Ortiz
Despite his recent UFC 133 loss against Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz still earns a spot in Fighting Insider's list of MMA's best fighters.
Born as Jacob Christopher Ortiz on January 23, 1975, Tito Ortiz is one of UFC’s early stars, CEO of Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line, and the owner of Punishment Training Center in Huntington Beach, California.
During his sophomore years, he started wrestling at Huntington Beach High School under coach Paul Herrera. As a senior, he finished fourth in the state high school championship. He continued his wrestling career at the Golden West College, where he won the California State junior college title. After that, Tito Ortiz also wrestled for Cal State Bakersfield.
Tito Ortiz’s MMA debut was in 1997, where he defeated Wes Albritton at UFC 13. His nickname “Tito” – which means “tyrant” – was given by his Mexican father.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
UFC 13 Lightweight Tournament Runner Up
Knockout of the Night (One time)
Submission of the Night (One time)
Most successful Light Heavyweight title defenses (Five)
Tied (Matt Hughes) for third most consecutive title defenses in UFC history (Five)
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
2002 Feud of the Year vs Ken Shamrock
2006 Feud of the Year vs Ken Shamrock
Black Belt Magazine
2001 NHB Co-Competitor of the Year along with Chuck Liddell
FIGHTING SPIRIT magazine
2006 Fight of The Year (vs Forrest Griffin, UFC 59)
2006 Golden Gloves
Abu Dhabi Combat Club
2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships – 99kg Bronze Medalist
2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Absolute 4th Place
California Community College Athletic Association
CCCAA State Champion (1995, 1996)
CCCAA All-American (1995, 1996)
CCCAA All-State Selection (1995, 1996)
California Interscholastic Federation
CIF All-State Selection (1993)