It’s been known for quite some time that when Tito Ortiz walks out of the cage at UFC 148, regardless of the outcome, it will be “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” last professional bout. It was announced today, however, that prior to the bout, the controversial former champion will now join some of his greatest adversaries in the UFC Hall of Fame.
Ortiz joins former foes Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and Ken Shamrock as well as some of the other promotions all-time elite as the ninth entry into the Hall of Fame.
“The People’s Champion” currently holds two promotional records. The first being that the man to have the most fights inside the octagon with an impressive 26 career bouts, amassing an all-time record of 15-10-1. Secondly, and most importantly, the former champion remains the only man in history to defend the Light Heavyweight crown at least five times.
The UFC has made the wrestler’s tenuous relationship with UFC President Dana White very public, cementing his place as one of the most controversial figures in the sport. While White insists he and Tito have “no beef”, Tito remains his go-to example of the promotion’s ability to do business with anyone.
Regardless of their personal issues, it is refreshing to see Tito honored for his UFC tenure as he has rightfully earned his place as one of the most popular fighters in the sport’s young history.