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Tito Ortiz and his wife, Jenna Jameson, pregnant with twins.

Jacob 'Tito' Ortiz is a retired light-heavyweight fighter. He is a UFC Hall of Famer and the former UFC light-heavyweight champion. He also competed for Bellator.

Ortiz is the former UFC light-heavyweight champion, and the coach on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show opposite his three-time opponent Ken Shamrock and on the eleventh season versus his other two-time opponent, Chuck Liddell. He has also had an infamous duo of fights against Forrest Griffin.

His next fight was briefly rumored to be against Griffin in a rubber match. Instead, he faced his good friend and former protege Matt Hamill. Hamill dominated Ortiz en route to a unanimous decision victory. Ortiz was set to get one last chance in the Octagon against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Several months before the bout was set to take place, Ortiz pulled out with an injury and he was replaced with undefeated prospect Phil Davis.

After recovering, he next faced prospect Ryan Bader. He defeated Bader in a considerable upset, choking Bader out with a guillotine choke after dropping him to the floor with a right hand to the chin. The fight was Ortiz's first victory in nearly five years.

A few weeks after the UFC 132 victory, Ortiz accepted a rematch against fellow former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans replacing another former opponent Lyoto Machida. The fight would take place at UFC 133 a month after Ortiz's shocking upset victory over Bader. Ortiz's chances of momentum had radically changed in somewhere around a month. Unfortunately, Evans defeated Ortiz via technical knockout near the end of the second round.

Ortiz was next rumored to face former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Instead, he once again agreed to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Nogueira defeated Ortiz via technical knockout in the first round after dropping Ortiz with a knee to the body and continuing to punish Ortiz's midsection with punches on the ground.

Ortiz confirmed that he would fight only one more bout before retiring. His desired opponent for that final fight would be either a rubber match with Forrest Griffin or a third fight with fellow retiree Chuck Liddell. Ortiz received his shot at a rubber match with Griffin but he was injured soon after the bout was signed.

After recovering, Ortiz signed again for his rubber match-retirement match with Griffin at UFC 148 at the start of the summer of 2012. Griffin defeated Ortiz via a close unanimous decision, retiring after the third straight loss. Ortiz remained active in the sport as a fight manager, including managing Strikeforce female champion Cristiane Santos.

BellatorEdit

In August 2013 Ortiz came out of retirement signing to make his Bellator debut against fellow newcomer and former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson in the first Bellator pay-per-view headliner. It would be "one of the biggest fights of 2013," as Ortiz called it.

Instead Ortiz was injured a mere few days before the fight was set to take place and as a result the entire fight card was switched to being free and live on Spike TV. Ortiz was ridiculed in tweets by former boss and UFC president Dana White.

After recovering Ortiz signed to fight Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shemenko at 205 lbs defeating Shlemenko via an impressive first round arm triangle choke technical submission.

Ortiz next called out Jackson again but he was instead rumored to fight newcomer and fellow former UFC veteran Stephan Bonnar who was coming out of retirement as well for the opportunity. He defeated Bonnar via a close but tepid split decision. Around the same time as the Bonnar fight Ortiz entered a relationship with former Octagon Girl Amber Nichole Miller.

After a period of inactivity Ortiz signed to fight the undefeated Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary. McGeary submitted Ortiz with an inverted triangle choke towards the end of the first round.

Ortiz entered another period of inactivity, reportedly seriously considering retiring from mixed martial arts once again. Over a year after the McGeary fight Ortiz's interest was again peaked in the sport when UFC veteran Chael Sonnen signed with Bellator in late 2016. Soon a fight between the debuting Sonnen and Ortiz was signed for a January 2017 Bellator event.

Ortiz defeated Sonnen with a very bizarre and slightly shady-looking first round rear-naked choke submission, retiring after the fight for the final time.

FightsEdit

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