Tito Ortiz: Good Riddance

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Tito Ortiz: Good Riddance
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Tito Ortiz was the light heavyweight champion of the UFC and defended his title five times. An impressive and laudable accomplishment; it remains the record for the division. To the early generation of UFC fans, he is a legend and was one of the leading stars in MMA.

Tito Ortiz is scheduled to fight at UFC 148 on July 7th, 2012 in his final UFC bout. This is a good thing. He was loved for his talent and fighting style, never for trying too hard to get the spotlight.Tito has epitomized classlessness and the exact type of behaviour that the sport is trying to elude. His retirement fight in July against Forrest Griffin will benefit the sport. It will be a testament to skill and hard work triumphing over cheap publicity tricks and selfish searches for easy fame. A career that saw wins over Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort is tainted by a needless drive to be recognized for tawdry stunts.

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