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Tito Ortiz to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame in July

By Bill Kelly on June 12, 2012

After todays’s UFC 150 press conference, UFC president Dana White revealed to MMAWeekly.com that Tito Ortiz will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC’s July Fan Expo in Las Vegas. That same weekend, Ortiz will fight for the final time at UFC 148 in the rubber match of his trilogy with Forrest Griffin. The Hall of Fame induction is expected to take place July 6th before the UFC 148 weigh-ins. Ortiz will be the eighth fighter inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Randy Couture, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, Mark Coleman and Ken Shamrock. The only non-fighter inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame is the late Charles “Mask” Lewis, co-founder of Tapout.

Through the ups and downs, Ortiz has spent his entire career with the UFC except for one fight in 1998. He sports a career UFC record of 15-10-1, including a record five light heavyweight title defenses. While once the most dominant light heavyweight in the world, Ortiz’s career has been on the decline, losing five of his last six fights. He’ll look to go out on top by setting the score with Griffin.

Ortiz has fueded with White over the years amid contract disputes, but White knows that Ortiz has been an integral part of the UFC’s success and he told MMAWeekly.com that “He (Ortiz) pound for pound was doing some of the most damage at a time when we were hurting. But it’s part of our history the way the storylines played out between me, Chuck and Tito. He’s definitely a part of the history of the sport.”

Ortiz holds the record for most UFC appearances with 25 and has twice been a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter”. Ortz’s storied and heated rivalries with Liddell and Shamrock were key moments in the UFC’s rise to popularity.

Author: Bill Kelly


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