I will be the first to admit that I was very wrong with my prediction of Ryan Bader defeating Tito Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at UFC 132 on July 2nd.
Resurrecting his career with one victory, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" has once again found a home in the UFC light heavyweight division.
This iconic figure was one of the biggest pay-per-view draws in 2006 as he battled the legendary Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell.
The life and story of Tito Ortiz is what Hollywood scripts are based on. This outspoken, enigmatic figure has captured the hearts of fight fans worldwide through his in-cage performances, his out-of-the Octagon relationships, as well as through his extremely popular Punishment Athletic Line.
Diverse in his talents, vocal in his opinions and still a force inside the famed Octagon, the life of Tito Ortiz is extremely complicated, very interesting and will never be duplicated.
Enjoy this time-line of Ortiz's past and his current existence inside and outside of the UFC.
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UFC 19 marked the date when the decade long feud between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock began.
Avenging a previous loss to Guy Metzger, Tito Ortiz defeated the Lion's Den disciple at UFC 19 in 1999 with a TKO stoppage.
In customary Ortiz style, the fight itself was over, however, the in-cage antics had just begun. Celebrating his victory over Metzger, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" enraged Lion's Den leader Ken Shamrock with his disrespectful celebration.
With the personality of a spoon, always willing to stir it up, Ortiz captured this moment as an opportunity to add fuel to the fire.
Exacerbating the celebration and the disrespect, Ortiz taunted Shamrock and began a long-standing rivalry that would exist until 2006 between the two UFC competitors.
In 1999, Tito Ortiz founded the Punishment Athletics brand. Team Punishment is a MMA training camp which includes a multitude of excellent fighters.
Fighters who represent or were affiliated with Team Punishment include:
Tito Ortiz, Rob McCullough, Quinton Jackson, Kendall Grove, Josh Burkman and Matt Hamill.
Additionally, Ortiz's business savvy was planted when he developed the Team Punishment clothing line.
This MMA apparel company has grown into a million-dollar enterprise branding Tito Ortiz and Punishment Athletics.
Punishment Athletics has exploded with the growth of mixed martial arts worldwide.
The rise to championship status did not take long for Ortiz. After losing to Frank Shamrock at UFC 22, Shamrock vacated his title with an early retirement, the UFC created the light heavyweight division and the two top contenders, Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva, battled for the belt.
A tightly contested fight, Ortiz won his first UFC light heavyweight championship via unanimous decision over Silva at UFC 25 on April 14, 2000.
Defending the belt a record five times in the following three years, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" defeated top talent at that time including Vladimir Matyushenko and Ken Shamrock.
At UFC 44, Tito Ortiz lost a unanimous decision victory to Randy Couture relinquishing his UFC light heavyweight championship after a three and a half year title reign.
Following his loss to Couture, Ortiz was defeated by Chuck Liddell at UFC 47 in 2004 spawning a heated rivalry with former friend and training partner.
In 2006, Tito Ortiz began dating former porn goddess Jenna Jameson. Their relationship evolved and the two ultimately married and had twin boys together.
Unfortunately for the globally known couple, they ultimately divorced in 2010. Allegation of spousal abuse plagued their final days together.
Following their divorce, Ortiz struggled with internal demons. Finding solace in the sport of mixed martial arts, Ortiz trained diligently and embraced the sport that has defined him since he was a teenager.
Following his first loss to Chuck Liddell at UFC 47 in 2004, the bad blood between the two former friends and training partners boiled over prior to their re-match at UFC 66 in 2006.
Ortiz is known for his marketing brilliance, and his feud with Chuck Liddell did not disappoint. Continued trash talk between these two former friends and training partners stirred up worldwide appeal for their second fight on December 30, 2006.
Competing for the UFC light heavyweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ortiz was defeated yet again by the powerful hands of Chuck Liddell as the "Iceman" knocked out "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" at the 3:59 mark of Round 3.
The hatred between these two friends provided for an instant classic inside the Octagon. This fight translated into tremendous revenue for the UFC and its constituents.
The live gate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena exceeded $5.4 million.
Hopes were that Ortiz-Liddell II would trump the record of 1.2 million pay-per-view sales, which at $39.99 per UFC 66 PPV translates into additional revenue of $48 million.
On December 5, 2009, Tito Ortiz was announced as a coach on the very famous The Ultimate Fighter: Season 11. Opposing Ortiz was his long-standing nemesis Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell.
Season 11 of TUF was Ortiz's second stint as coach. His first coaching experience came during season three in which Ortiz battled Ken Shamrock in both coaching responsibilities and ultimately the second fight of their three fight trilogy.
The true personality of Tito Ortiz was displayed during his second trial as coach. His professionalism and approach inside the Octagon portrayed Ortiz in a completely different light than his persona inside the cage.
A dedicated, hard-working, tactical MMA practitioner, Ortiz's influence and lead-by-example motto translated well to the cast of the eleventh season.
Reeling in a three-fight losing skid to Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin and Matt Hamill, Ortiz had not had his hand raised in victory since defeating a fledgling Ken Shamrock in 2006.
With experts picking Ortiz as the underdog in his most recent matchup with the young light heavyweight phenom Ryan Bader, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" returned to the UFC in classic Ortiz style; amongst a media blitz of attention!
Rocking Bader on their feet, Ortiz secured a guillotine choke forcing a tapout at the 1:56 mark of Round 1. His first victory inside the Octagon in nearly five years, Ortiz was awarded Submission of the Night honors for his effort.
Ortiz's victory over Ryan Bader has placed UFC President Dana White and the UFC itself in a precarious position.
It is public knowledge that the relationship between Ortiz and White has been rocky, at best, over the past ten years or so.
Seemingly with the past behind both men, it is not uncommon, however, for White to hold a grudge against Ortiz and it is equally as possible for Ortiz to once again instigate the boss into a fight.
Only time will tell if the 2011 marriage between the UFC President and "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" will once again end in a bitter divorce.
However, if and when that day comes, the former UFC light heavyweight champion will continue to compete at the highest level in the sport in his own unique fashion creating a media whirlwind along the way.