Tito Ortiz is a well-known retired mixed martial artist from America who has an estimated net worth of over $15 million. He has won several career titles and was a former Light Heavyweight Champion at the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).
Ortiz is the CEO of the clothing and equipment line, Punishment Athletics MMA. Ortiz is also the owner of the gym Punishment Training Center. He has defeated many big players in his career.
Biography & Wiki
Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz was born on January 23, 1975, in Huntington Beach, California to his parents Samuel Ortiz and Joyce Ortiz. At the age of one, his father nicknamed him “Tito”.
He went to Huntington Beach High School and at the same time, he used to sell fish. He first went to Golden West College and later got transferred to California State University at Bakersfield.
He started wrestling when he was in school and has won the CIF championship. He was kicked out of home at the age of 18 by his mother.
Tito Ortiz was first married to Kristin. They have a son named Jacob. The couple split after five years of marriage. He started dating Jenna Jameson in 2006. They have twin sons named Journey Jett and Jesse Jameson. They split in 2013.
In 1997, Tito Ortiz made his debut at the UFC 13. He defeated Wes Albritton in the first round. In 1999, he defeated Wanderlei Silva to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. He has successfully defended the title for a record five times. By doing so, he became the longest reigning Light Heavyweight Champion.
In 2005, he took a break from UFC and joined other promotions like World Fighting Alliance and PRIDE Fighting Championships. He also became a guest-referee for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He then joined the reality TV series ‘The Ultimate Fighter 3’ on Spike TV. His last fight in the UFC was in May 2008 against Lyoto Machida.
Ortiz returned to UFC in 2009. After officially retiring from MMA, he became the founder of the management company called ‘Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management Inc.’. He was the manager of Cristiane Justino until February 2014.
Tito Ortiz has also made appearances in the TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling). He has appeared in films and TV shows like ‘The Crow: Wicked Prayer’, ‘CSI: NY’, ‘MADtv’, and ‘Valley of the Wolves: Iraq’.
Awards & Achievements
In 2012, Tito Ortiz was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was inducted into the MMA Freak Hall of Fame. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He is two-time state champion of California Community College Athletic Association. He has won a Bronze Medal at the 2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships. He was named as the Comeback Fighter of the Year in 2014.
Net Worth of Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz has an estimated net worth of more than $15 million as of 2017-2018. This fortune comes from his career as a professional mixed martial artist. He holds several records in the UFC and has started his own company. Ortiz serves as the CEO of Punishment Athletics MMA.
Tito Ortiz is considered one of the most popular mixed martial artists in the world. He found considerable success both inside the UFC and outside the UFC. Ortiz has also made appearances in films and television shows and has had 5 successful title defenses. He has second-most wins in the division of Light Heavyweight. Tito Ortiz has thrice defeated players like Ken Shamrock, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Forrest Griffin, Evan Tanner, and Ryan Bader.