When Tito Ortiz is introduced next Saturday night at UFC 140 he will have a new nickname boomed into the speakers courtesy of Bruce Buffer.
Ortiz, who faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, wants to be referred to as “The People’s Champ” from here on out and in abandoning his longtime handle of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.”
Being a father and having been around the sport of MMA for several years now, Ortiz feels like it is time for him to change how he carries himself in the public eye. No longer will he cut fight promos that entice a response from his opponent
“I just want to change my whole outlook on life,” said Ortiz, in a recent interview with MMA Weekly. “Being the bad boy, talking smack to sell fights, I no longer need to do that. I’m now ‘The People’s Champ.’”
“Being ‘The People’s Champ,’ the only other person I can think of who’s done the great things in their sport was Muhammad Ali,” Ortiz continued. “If I could walk in one of those footsteps, then I’ve done my job as a fighter and a mixed martial artist.”
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MMATraining Take: Hopefully Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is getting some residuals from Ortiz where the nickname is concerned. I wonder if the change also means he will be trading in his patented “Gravedigger” celebration for a People’s Elbow? Regardless, Ortiz doesn’t really fit the bill he’s chosen when you consider most of his career has been built on pissing people off. Still, to each their own, so if he wants to roll that way more power to him.