• Currently holds six UFC light heavyweight title records (most successful LHW defenses (5), most successful consecutive LHW defenses (5), most LHW championship fights (9), most LHW championship fights won (6), most LHW championship fights lost (3), most LHW championship rounds fought (28))
• 11 of 26 (42%) pro fights have been against nine UFC or PRIDE champions (Machida, Evans, Liddell, Griffin, Belfort, Couture, Tanner, W.Silva, F.Shamrock).
• Eight wins by TKO / KO, three by submission.
• Win over Bader, his first since 2006, earned Submission of the Night honors
TRAINING: I'm training the same as all my other fights. Prepare for the worst so the best will happen. Team Punishment is at full force.
When and why did you start training for fighting? Tito was a two-time California State Wrestling Champion in high school. Tito’s high school wrestling coach was UFC veteran Paul Herrera, who was a friend of David “Tank” Abbott. Abbott needed sparring partners, so Ortiz volunteered. He had seen the UFC and knew that training with Abbott could get his foot in the door. At one point, Ortiz became Abbott’s main sparring partner.
What ranks and titles have you held? Former UFC World Light Heavyweight (Once known as middleweight) champion.
Do you have any heroes? Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee and anyone who gives back to society.
What is your favorite technique? Ground and pound.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I attended California State University-Bakersfield.
What was your job before you started fighting? You name it I did it. From bouncing at nightclubs, to working on sport fishing boats, to framing houses.