The UFC will induct former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz into the organization’s Hall of Fame in a few weeks before the 37-year old takes to the Octagon at UFC 148 for the final time in his storied career. Ortiz is facing Forrest Griffin for the third time after each earned a Split Decision win in their previous meetings.
Ortiz will be the ninth member of the UFC Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, and longtime rival Ken Shamrock.
MMAWeekly was first to report Ortiz was destined for the HoF after confirming the information with UFC President Dana White.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” for most of his fifteen-year run in MMA, all 27 of his professional fights took place under the UFC banner where he racked up a 16-10-1 record. Some of his biggest wins to date included those over Shamrock, Wanderlei Silva, Ryan Bader, and Vitor Belfort.
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MMATraining Take: Few individuals are as deserving of the honor as Ortiz. He’s one of the UFC’s biggest stars, even to this day despite his recent struggles to win, and was a crucial part of the company’s success during darker days.