Tito Ortiz To Be Inducted Into UFC HOF
Posted on 13 Jun 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
Dana White announced on Tuesday that Tito Ortiz will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. White said that the induction will take place at July's UFC Fan Expo.
Speaking about his past with Ortiz, White said, "The storylines played out, and it's part of our history, between me, Chuck (Liddell) and Tito. It is definitely a part of the history of this sport."
Ortiz's UFC debut was in 1997 at UFC 13, where Randy Couture also made his debut. In his career he has accomplished a 16-10-1 MMA record, with only one win outside of the UFC. He won the UFC light heavyweight title in 2000 from Wanderlei Silva and defended it five times before losing it to Couture in 2003. After another loss, to Liddell, he strung together five wins to get another shot at the belt and Liddell at UFC 66 but came up short. The UFC 66 gate was $5.6 million, which is still the largest live gate in Nevada history.
Ortiz will become the ninth Hall of Fame member after Mark Coleman, Couture, Royce Gracie, Matt Hughes, Liddell, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock and TapouT co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis.