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Tito Ortiz
Ortiz in 2008
Mayor pro tempore of
Huntington Beach, California
In office
December 7, 2020 – June 1, 2021
Member of the Huntington Beach City Council
In office
December 7, 2020 – June 1, 2021
Personal details
Jacob Christopher Ortiz[citation needed]

(1975-01-23) January 23, 1975 (age 49)
Huntington Beach, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(m. 2000⁠–⁠2005)
Amber Nicole Ortiz
(m. 2022)
Domestic partner(s)Jenna Jameson (2006–2013)
OccupationMixed martial artist
Martial arts career
Other namesThe Huntington Beach Bad Boy
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight (1997–2018)
Heavyweight (2019)
Reach74 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofHuntington Beach, California
TeamTeam Punishment
RVCA Training Center
Years active1997–2012, 2014–2017, 2018–present (MMA)
2021–present (Boxing)
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By submission5
By decision6
By knockout5
By submission2
By decision5
Other information
UniversityCalifornia State University, Bakersfield
Notable club(s)Punishment Training Center
Notable school(s)Huntington Beach High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's Grappling
ADCC World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Abu Dhabi 99 kg
Last updated on: September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15)

Jacob Christopher "Tito" Ortiz (/ˈtt ɔːrˈtz/; born January 23, 1975) is a retired American mixed martial artist and a former politician. Ortiz is best known for his stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000, to September 26, 2003.[2][3] Along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, he was one of the sport's early stars. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock.[4]

Ortiz is the CEO of Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line, which is located in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California.

On July 7, 2012, Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame.

On November 5, 2020, Ortiz was announced as one of the winners of the Huntington Beach City Council election, becoming Mayor pro tempore.[5] Sworn into office on December 7, 2020, he resigned from the city council less than six months later on June 1, 2021.[6]

Ortiz made his professional boxing debut on September 11, 2021, in a round one loss to fellow former UFC champion Anderson Silva.[7]

Early life and education


Ortiz is of Mexican descent.[better source needed] At the age of nineteen, Ortiz met Paul Herrera, an assistant wrestling coach at Golden West College. Herrera encouraged Ortiz to attend Golden West, where he was a California junior college state champion and All-American for two consecutive years before transferring to California State University, Bakersfield, where he continued wrestling but was never a full-time starter. Ortiz also trained with UFC fighter and fellow collegiate wrestler, Tank Abbott.[8][9][10]

Mixed martial arts


Ultimate Fighting Championship


Ortiz's mixed martial arts debut was at UFC 13 in 1997. Still in college, Ortiz competed as an amateur for no prize money or contracts. He beat Wes Albritton in an alternate bout by referee stoppage at 0:31 of the first round. He was selected to face Guy Mezger in the Light Heavyweight final after Enson Inoue could not continue due to injury. Despite dominating Mezger at first, Ortiz lost the fight at 2:00 in the first round by a guillotine choke submission. After returning with a TKO victory over Jeremy Screeton at West Coast NHB Championships 1, Ortiz fought top ranked fighter and UFC 12 Light Heavyweight Tournament Champion Jerry Bohlander at UFC 18. Ortiz dominated the fight and won via TKO due to cut stoppage. Ortiz then avenged his loss to Mezger at UFC 19 by TKO. Ortiz's post fight antics towards Mezger and the Lion's Den led to his long-running rivalry with the team's leader Ken Shamrock.

Ortiz has credited UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten for inspiration during his early days. Ortiz said; "I looked up to Bas Rutten. Bas was my idol. People were just so scared of fighting him, he was like the man. I thought that was what I need to do now. If I train as hard as he does then one day I'll be as good as him and two years later look where I am, I'm on top of the world. I've got to say thanks to him, (Bas) for helping me out by making me believe in dreams."[11]

In 1999, Ortiz fought Frank Shamrock for what is now known as the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 22. Despite controlling Shamrock for the majority of the fight, Ortiz ended up losing via submission due to strikes. Following the victory, Shamrock retired and vacated the championship. The Middleweight division was then officially renamed the Light Heavyweight (205 lb) division and Ortiz was chosen, along with Wanderlei Silva, as a top contender. Ortiz defeated Silva for the vacant Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 25 via unanimous decision. He went on to defend the Light Heavyweight Championship a then-record five times in the following three years, defeating Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Elvis Sinosic, Vladimir Matyushenko and Lion's Den head Ken Shamrock.

At UFC 44, after a near year-long layoff from the sport, Ortiz fought the new Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture, who had defeated Chuck Liddell for the interim title at UFC 43 in September 2003. Couture defeated Ortiz via unanimous decision. The loss ended Ortiz's near three-and-a-half-year title reign, which was the longest Light Heavyweight Championship reign until Jon Jones successfully defended the Light Heavyweight Championship for the sixth time on September 21, 2013.[12][13] Following his loss to Couture, Ortiz faced Chuck Liddell at UFC 47, losing by TKO in the second round. After six months off, Ortiz returned and took a unanimous decision victory over newcomer Patrick Côté at UFC 50 and a split decision over Vitor Belfort at UFC 51.

In February 2005, Ortiz took time away from the UFC and was offered deals with several promotions, including PRIDE Fighting Championships and the Don King-backed World Fighting Alliance. Ortiz and fellow fighter Fabiano Iha even hired investment banker Stan Medley to take a new league, The Xtreme Fighting Championship, public. But none of these endeavors came to fruition. Ortiz opted to try his hand at professional wrestling, signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a guest referee.[14]

In November 2005, UFC president Dana White announced Ortiz and Ken Shamrock would coach The Ultimate Fighter 3 reality TV series on Spike TV, which premiered in April 2006. Ortiz's first fight in his return occurred at UFC 59 on April 15, 2006, against previous The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner Forrest Griffin. Ortiz won via split decision (30–27, 28–29, and 29–27). His next fight was against UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at UFC 61 on July 8, 2006, a match which was to conclude a main rivalry on The Ultimate Fighter 3. Shamrock lost in the first round by TKO due to strikes (elbows) by Ortiz. On August 25, 2006, at the UFC 62 weigh-ins, Dana White announced a rematch between Ortiz and Shamrock for October 10, 2006, on Spike TV, as the main event of Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter. Ortiz beat Shamrock for the third time in this fight, which was stopped in the first round due to strikes. On December 30, 2006, at UFC 66, Ortiz's rematch with Chuck Liddell (for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship) ended in defeat via referee stoppage in the third round.[15]

He then fought against undefeated The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Rashad Evans on July 7, 2007, at UFC 73. Ortiz took charge of the fight from the outset, taking Evans down and controlling him. In the second round Ortiz once again took control and nearly submitted Evans before the culmination of the round. The fight ended in a draw after Ortiz was penalized for grabbing the fence.[16] Ortiz's last fight on his contract with the UFC was a unanimous decision loss to the then undefeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 on May 24, 2008.[17] All three judges scored the fight 30–27 to Machida.[18] Ortiz came close to submitting Machida in the third round with a triangle choke before transitioning to an armbar.[19] However, Machida managed to escape and survived the round, winning a unanimous judges' decision. The fight concluded Ortiz's stay with the promotion as he chose not to re-sign, citing his frustration with UFC president Dana White as a major factor in the decision.[20]

Outside the UFC


After leaving the UFC, Ortiz was approached by multiple promotions, including the now defunct Elite Xtreme Combat, Affliction and the American Fight League. However, a clause in his old UFC contract forbade him from signing with or fighting for any other organization until approximately April–June 2009. Until his return to the UFC, Ortiz was considered the biggest free agent on the market.[21]

On October 6, 2008, Ortiz underwent back surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada.[22] According to his website, he had been experiencing back pain since his fight with Randy Couture.

On Wednesday, December 17, 2008, Affliction Entertainment announced that Ortiz would be part of the broadcast team for the Affliction: Day of Reckoning. Ortiz had said he would fight again in August 2009, but this did not occur.

Return to the UFC


As part of his comeback to the UFC, Ortiz began training with his original Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Judo instructor Cleber Luciano (a student of Royler Gracie). Ortiz originally briefly trained with Luciano back in 1997, when he was still a student at Golden West College.[23]

On July 17, 2009, both Ortiz and Dana White stated that the pair had made amends.[24] One week later, White announced that he re-signed Tito.[25] Ortiz stated he is returning for a six-fight deal he and White have worked out. White officially announced Ortiz's return in a conference call on July 31, 2009. White mentioned that "everyone wants to see Tito fight" and "Tito will retire in the UFC." Mark Coleman was named as Ortiz's opponent for his return to the octagon at UFC 106.[26] However, Coleman pulled out of this bout due to a second-degree tear of his MCL, and was replaced by Forrest Griffin.

Due to an illness to UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, Ortiz's fight with Griffin was promoted to the headliner of UFC 106. Griffin won the fight via split decision, showing superior striking ability.[27] Whilst Ortiz was able to secure takedowns in the first and second rounds, Griffin showed considerable improvement since their first fight and kept the fight standing throughout the third, leading to the split decision victory.

On December 5, it was announced Ortiz would coach the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter, with the opposing coach being Chuck Liddell. He was scheduled to fight Liddell again for the third time at the end of the season and later pulled out of the bout.[28] On April 7, 2010, UFC president Dana White said Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 was scheduled to be the main event for UFC 115.[29] However, on April 12, 2010, the UFC confirmed the main event for the card was Liddell vs. Rich Franklin.[30]

Ortiz fought Matt Hamill on October 23, 2010, at UFC 121.[31] Hamill was Ortiz's first overall pick during Season 3 of the Ultimate Fighter. Ortiz lost the fight via unanimous decision.

UFC President Dana White hinted at Tito Ortiz's possible release from the UFC in a post-fight interview after UFC 121[32] stating that 'We all know what happens when guys lose four fights in the UFC'. There had been no official statement to confirm this, however. On November 7, in a response to a fan via his Twitter, Ortiz stated that he would again fight in the UFC.[33]

Ortiz was expected to face Antônio Rogério Nogueira on March 26, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 24.[34] UFC president Dana White said that he had expected to cut Ortiz loose from the UFC after his loss to Hamill, but decided to give him one last chance against Nogueira.[35] Ortiz received a cut above his eye and a concussion while training for his fight with Nogueira and was forced to withdraw. He was replaced by Phil Davis.[36]

Ortiz took on Ryan Bader on July 2, 2011, at UFC 132.[37] Coming in as a heavy underdog, with his UFC career on the line (despite stating that in his previous 5 fights, he'd been plagued by injury), Ortiz dropped Bader with strikes and submitted him using a guillotine choke at 1:56 of the first round, thus securing his first victory since 2006 and saving his UFC career. The victory earned him "Submission of the Night" honors.

Ortiz in June 2008

In a rematch against Rashad Evans on August 6, 2011, at UFC 133, in which he replaced an injured Phil Davis on two weeks' notice, Ortiz lost in the second round by TKO via strikes, despite nearly finishing Evans in round one with a guillotine.

Ortiz faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira on December 10, 2011, at UFC 140.[38] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. He would state after the fight that he had suffered a neck injury before the fight, but decided to fight anyway in the hope of bringing the fans a victory.

Ortiz then stated he would retire after his next fight, the last of his contract, against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148.[39]

Ortiz faced Forrest Griffin for a third time on July 7, 2012, at UFC 148.[40] Ortiz was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame prior to his final bout.[41] He lost in a Fight of the Night winning performance (despite landing 2 knockdowns and 2 takedowns to Griffin's zero).[42] Griffin once again was able to out strike Ortiz for the victory.

Brief retirement


Following his loss to Griffin, Ortiz retired from MMA and started up a management company, Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management Inc. The management team would pick up Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino as its first high-profile client.[43] He came out of retirement to fight in Bellator MMA.[44]

On February 14, 2014, Tito Ortiz stepped down as manager for Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino.[45]

Bellator MMA


On July 31, 2013, it was announced that Ortiz would come out of retirement to face former training partner and fellow former UFC Light heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson on November 2, 2013, at Bellator 106.[46] However, on October 25, it was announced that Ortiz suffered a neck injury and had to pull out of his fight with Jackson.[47] Despite having to deal with another injury, Ortiz said that he would still focus on a return to the cage[48] and then Bellator President Bjorn Rebney said that they still wanted to see Ortiz compete in their organization.[49]

Ortiz faced Bellator Middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, in a match up at Light Heavyweight, in his Bellator debut on May 17, 2014, at Bellator 120.[50] He won via first round arm-triangle choke submission.[51] In his victory speech, he was dismissive of the UFC for the company's attempts to remove him from their history, calling it "bullshit" and stated that he will "live in the MMA memory forever".[52]

Ortiz faced fellow UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar on November 15, 2014, at Bellator 131.[53] He won via split decision.[54]

On June 19, 2015, it was announced that Ortiz would face Liam McGeary for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship.[55] The match eventually took place on September 19, 2015, at Bellator 142: Dynamite 1. Ortiz lost the fight via inverted triangle choke in the first round.

In his fourth fight for the promotion, Ortiz faced fellow UFC veteran Chael Sonnen on January 21, 2017, in the main event at Bellator 170.[56] Before the fight Ortiz announced this would be his last mixed martial arts fight. He won via rear-naked choke in first round.

Third bout against Chuck Liddell


In August 2018, it was announced by Golden Boy Promotions that Ortiz would be coming out of retirement to face his rival Chuck Liddell in a third fight. The fight took place on November 24, 2018, at The Forum in Inglewood, California.[57] Ortiz won the fight by knockout in the first round.[58]

Combate Americas


In April 2019, it was announced the Ortiz had signed a multi-fight agreement with the Combate Americas promotion. Later, Ortiz revealed that the contract covers three fights and two years.[59] The time of his promotional debut was set for the fall of 2019.[60] On July 9, 2019, it was announced that Ortiz's debut opponent would be former WWE Champion and Combate Americas President Alberto El Patrón in a 210-pound Catchweight bout at Combate Americas event in Hidalgo, Texas on December 7, 2019.[61][62][63] Ortiz won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[64] On February 26, 2020, it was announced that the result had been temporarily overturned to a no decision by the Texas State Athletic Commission for reasons that have not yet been disclosed.[65] However, on February 28, it was announced that Ortiz consumed muscle relaxers, so the issue had been resolved and the result was turned back to a win for Ortiz.[66][67]

Professional wrestling


Total Nonstop Action Wrestling


Sporadic appearances (2005)


In May 2005, Ortiz made an appearance for the professional wrestling promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). On May 15, 2005, at Hard Justice Ortiz served as special guest referee in the NWA World Heavyweight Championship title match between champion Jeff Jarrett and challenger A.J. Styles at the behest of Director of Authority Dusty Rhodes. The conclusion of the match saw Ortiz knock out Jarrett with a right hook after Jarrett shoved him, which allowed Styles to hit his "Spiral Tap" for the pinfall victory and claim the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[68] Ortiz returned to TNA on the edition of October 1 of TNA Impact! and the following week he was revealed as the special guest referee for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship match between Jeff Jarrett and Kevin Nash at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view, in a segment, where he grabbed the number one contender Nash in a rear naked choke in order to prevent him from brawling with Jarrett.[69][70] On October 23 at Bound for Glory Ortiz refereed the match for the title between Jarrett and Rhino, a last minute replacement for Nash. The matched ended with Ortiz knocking out America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm), two of Jarrett's associates who attempted to interfere in the match, and then counted the pinfall for Rhino to crown him the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion.[71]

Return and Aces & Eights (2013)


My time at TNA was great. They treated me really well. Dixie Carter was really, really good to me. During the time I was there, I got a chance to meet Hulk Hogan. I was really happy with that, but I mean, right now my main career is fighting. I mean, I love to fight, and that's what I wanna do. That's with Bellator.

-Tito Ortiz, in his September 2014 interview with Submission Radio.[72][unreliable source]

Ortiz returned to TNA on August 1, 2013, revealing himself as the man behind the cryptic #August1Warning tweets and YouTube videos and staring down the Aces & Eights and The Main Event Mafia, which included his Bellator 106 opponent Quinton Jackson.[73] The following week, Ortiz returned to explain his reason for being in TNA, but he was interrupted by Kurt Angle who declared his respect for Ortiz, and later Bully Ray who declared his disrespect for both men.[74] On August 15 at Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice, Ortiz was picked by Jackson to sub for Angle in the Main Event Mafia to take on Aces & Eights, which Ortiz left up in the air before he was again interrupted and insulted by Bully Ray. During the main event of the evening, Ortiz turned on Jackson by hitting him with a hammer and allowed Ray to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Sabin.[75] The following week, Ortiz officially joined Aces & Eights.[76] However, on Impact Wrestling: No Surrender, it was announced that Bellator MMA had pulled Ortiz from TNA programming due to his upcoming PPV fight with Rampage Jackson, thus removing him from Aces & Eights. Ortiz has since parted ways with TNA.



Ortiz made his professional boxing debut against former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva on September 11, 2021. He lost via knockout in the first round.[77][78]



Ortiz made a cameo in the 2008 comedy Zombie Strippers as the bouncer of the Rhino. In addition, he has a cameo in Jet Li's Cradle 2 the Grave, as well as co-starring in The Crow: Wicked Prayer. Ortiz was a playable character in the 2000 video game Razor Freestyle Scooter. Tito also played a minor role in Turkish film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, and briefly appeared in Korn's music video "Got the Life", as well as portraying American symbol Uncle Sam in the band Seether's music video for the song "Truth." He portrayed Det. Pierce in Trauma Center.

He also appeared on Hell's Kitchen where he sat at the chef's table. He also appeared on MADtv. Tito played an MMA fighter named Derek Petrov on an episode of CSI: NY titled "Clean Sweep", which aired on January 6, 2012, on CBS. In 2017, Ortiz co-starred in the film Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.

Huntington Beach City Council (2020–2021)




In 2020, Ortiz ran for a city council seat in his hometown of Huntington Beach, with the intention of eventually becoming the mayor. (Huntington Beach does not elect mayors directly, but the mayor is chosen from among city councilmembers.) On November 5, 2020, Ortiz was elected as one of the winners of the open seats.[5] On December 7, 2020, Ortiz was sworn in as Mayor Pro Tempore of Huntington Beach.[79]



On November 30, 2020, Ortiz led a "curfew breaker" protest against COVID-19 regulations on the Huntington Beach pier.[80]

In May 2021, it surfaced that Ortiz had filed for unemployment in February 2021 despite not being unemployed or underemployed.[81]

Ortiz resigned from the city council on June 1, 2021 after less than six months in office.[6]

Political positions


Ortiz is a longtime supporter of President Donald Trump. As a tribute to Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again", Ortiz chose "Make Huntington Beach Safe Again" as his campaign slogan for the 2020 election.[82] Ortiz has stated his skepticism to COVID-19, calling it "the flu," and a form of "population control."[83] He has also declared his support for law enforcement, legal immigration and the second amendment.[82]

In January 2021, Ortiz was refused service at a TK Burgers restaurant for not wearing a mask, and posted his experience on Instagram. Ortiz has since apologized, saying "We understand that this is a small business and we don't want to ruin our business."[84]

Personal life

Ortiz with girlfriend Amber Nichole Miller and two of his sons in November 2014

Relationships and children


Ortiz was married to his first wife, Kristin, for five years, and they divorced in 2005.[85][86] They have a son.[87] In 2006, he began dating former adult film star Jenna Jameson.[88][89]

Ortiz announced in August 2008 that he and Jameson were expecting twins in April 2009.[90] On March 16, 2009, Jameson gave birth to twin boys.[91][92] Jameson and Ortiz split up in March 2013. Ortiz was granted full custody of the twins.[93]

In 2014, Ortiz began dating model Amber Nichole Miller. The two had worked together in the UFC as a fighter and Octagon Girl respectively.[85]


Ortiz was arrested on DUI charges in Los Angeles on January 6, 2014.[94][95] He was sentenced to three years probation, an undisclosed fine, and an obligation to enroll in an alcohol education program.[96]



While Ortiz describes his poker playing as a hobby, and in March 2017, he placed 22nd in the $5,300 No Limit Hold'em PokerStars Championship Main Event in Panama.[97] Additionally, he has appeared on Shark Cage, Live at the Bike, and a number of private tournaments.[98]

Championships and accomplishments


Mixed martial arts


Professional wrestling


Submission grappling


Amateur wrestling


Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
34 matches 21 wins 12 losses
By knockout 10 5
By submission 5 2
By decision 6 5
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–12–1 Alberto El Patron Submission (rear-naked choke) Combate Americas 51: Tito vs. Alberto December 7, 2019 1 3:10 McAllen, Texas, United States Catchweight (210 lbs) bout.
Win 20–12–1 Chuck Liddell KO (punches) Golden Boy Promotions: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 November 24, 2018 1 4:24 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 19–12–1 Chael Sonnen Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 170 January 21, 2017 1 2:03 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 18–12–1 Liam McGeary Submission (inverted triangle choke) Bellator 142: Dynamite 1 September 19, 2015 1 4:41 San Jose, California, United States For the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.
Win 18–11–1 Stephan Bonnar Decision (split) Bellator 131 November 15, 2014 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 17–11–1 Alexander Shlemenko Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bellator 120 May 17, 2014 1 2:27 Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Loss 16–11–1 Forrest Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 3 5:00 Paradise, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 16–10–1 Antônio Rogério Nogueira TKO (punches and elbows to the body) UFC 140 December 10, 2011 1 3:15 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss 16–9–1 Rashad Evans TKO (knee to the body and punches) UFC 133 August 6, 2011 2 4:48 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 16–8–1 Ryan Bader Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 132 July 2, 2011 1 1:56 Paradise, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night.
Loss 15–8–1 Matt Hamill Decision (unanimous) UFC 121 October 23, 2010 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 15–7–1 Forrest Griffin Decision (split) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 3 5:00 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–6–1 Lyoto Machida Decision (unanimous) UFC 84 May 24, 2008 3 5:00 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Draw 15–5–1 Rashad Evans Draw (unanimous) UFC 73 July 7, 2007 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Ortiz was deducted one point in round 2 for grabbing the fence.
Loss 15–5 Chuck Liddell TKO (punches) UFC 66 December 30, 2006 3 3:59 Paradise, Nevada, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 15–4 Ken Shamrock TKO (punches) Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter October 10, 2006 1 2:23 Hollywood, Florida, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 14–4 Ken Shamrock TKO (elbows) UFC 61 July 8, 2006 1 1:18 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Win 13–4 Forrest Griffin Decision (split) UFC 59 April 15, 2006 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–4 Vitor Belfort Decision (split) UFC 51 February 5, 2005 3 5:00 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Win 11–4 Patrick Côté Decision (unanimous) UFC 50 October 22, 2004 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 10–4 Chuck Liddell KO (punches) UFC 47 April 2, 2004 2 0:38 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 Randy Couture Decision (unanimous) UFC 44 September 26, 2003 5 5:00 Paradise, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 10–2 Ken Shamrock TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 40 November 22, 2002 3 5:00 Paradise, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Broke the record for the most consecutive UFC Light Heavyweight Championship title defenses (5)
Win 9–2 Vladimir Matyushenko Decision (unanimous) UFC 33 September 28, 2001 5 5:00 Paradise, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 8–2 Elvis Sinosic TKO (punches and elbows) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 1 3:32 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Evan Tanner KO (slam) UFC 30 February 23, 2001 1 0:30 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 6–2 Yuki Kondo Submission (neck crank) UFC 29 December 16, 2000 1 1:51 Tokyo, Japan Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 5–2 Wanderlei Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 25 April 14, 2000 5 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 4–2 Frank Shamrock TKO (submission to punches) UFC 22 September 24, 1999 4 4:42 Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S. For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 4–1 Guy Mezger TKO (punches) UFC 19 March 5, 1999 1 9:56 Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States
Win 3–1 Jerry Bohlander TKO (cut) UFC 18 January 8, 1999 1 14:31 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 2–1 Jeremy Screeton TKO (submission to knees) West Coast NHB Championships 1 December 8, 1998 1 0:16 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 1–1 Guy Mezger Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 13 May 30, 1997 1 3:00 Augusta, Georgia, United States
Win 1–0 Wes Albritton TKO (punches) 1 0:31


Pay-per-view bouts

No. Event Fight Date Attendance PPV Buys
1. UFC 33 Victory in Vegas September 28, 2001 9,500 75,000
2. UFC 40 Vendetta November 22, 2002 13,265 100,000
3. UFC 44 Undisputed September 26, 2003 10,400 94,000
4. UFC 47 It's On April 2, 2004 11,437 106,000[104]
5. UFC 50 The War of '04 October 22, 2004 9,000 40,000
6. UFC 51 Super Saturday February 5, 2005 11,072 105,000
7. UFC 66 Liddell vs. Ortiz December 30, 2006 13,761 929,000
8. UFC 106 Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 November 21, 2009 10,529 375,000
9. UFC 133 Evans vs. Ortiz August 6, 2011 11,583 310,000
10. Golden Boy Promotions: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 November 24, 2018 7,839 40,000[105]
Total PPV Buys: 2,174,000

Submission grappling record

7 Matches, 5 Wins (3 Submission), 2 Loss
Result Rec. Opponent Method Event Division Date Location
Lose 5–2 United States Sean Alvarez Points (2x0) ADCC 2000 Absolute  2000 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Win 5–1 Brazil Rodrigo Medeiros Points (2x0)
Win 4–1 Japan Rumina Sato Submission (North–south choke)
Win 3–1 United States Matt Hughes* Points (2x0) ADCC 2000 –99 kg 2000 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Lose 2–1 Brazil Ricardo Arona Points (2x0)
Win 2–0 United States Mike Van Arsdale Submission (Heel hook)
Win 1–0 Ukraine Rostylav Borysenko Submission (Arm triangle choke)
  • For the bronze medal (3rd place).

Professional boxing record

1 fight 0 wins 1 loss
By knockout 0 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Age Location Note
1 Loss 0–1 Anderson Silva KO 1 (8), 1:22 Sep 11, 2021 46 years, 231 days Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.


  • (2008) This is Gonna Hurt: The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion.[106]




Year Title Role Notes
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Cage Fighter Cameo appearance
2005 The Crow: Wicked Prayer Famine Co-Starring
2006 Valley of the Wolves: Iraq Major U.S. Official Minor role
2008 Zombie Strippers Bouncer of the Rhino Cameo appearance
2017 Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Victor Co-Starring
2019 Above the Shadows Attila
Trauma Center Det. Pierce
2023 Operation Black Ops Noah Starring

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist
1999 Got the Life Korn
2005 Truth Uncle Sam Seether


Year Title Role Notes
2007 MADtv Himself 1 episode
2008 The Celebrity Apprentice Contestant Eliminated as Empresario project manager in ninth episode[107]
2012 Hell's Kitchen Himself / Restaurant Patron & Former MMA Champion Episode: "12 Chefs Compete" [108]
2012 CSI: NY Derek Petrov Episode: "Clean Sweep"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Razor Freestyle Scooter Himself Playable character

See also



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Title last held by
Frank Shamrock
2nd UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
April 14, 2000 – September 26, 2003
Succeeded by