When UFC 148 rolls around in early July the headlining tilt between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will get the bulk of the public’s attention, but a far more significant moment than any single fight will also be taking place on the same card as iconic Mixed Martial Artist Tito Ortiz enters the Octagon for the final time as a competitor. Ortiz has spent his entire fifteen-year career under the UFC banner where he was a longtime title-holder and one of the company’s biggest draws.
When the former “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” steps foot inside the infamous eight-sided cage he will also do so as a member of the UFC’s Hall of Fame. MMAWeekly confirmed the 37-year old’s induction with UFC President Dana White on Tuesday afternoon. The ceremony will take place during the Fan Expo attached to the event.
“He pound for pound was doing some of the most damage at a time when we were hurting…He’s definitely a part of the history of the sport,” said the appreciative executive and one-time rival of Ortiz’s.
The 16-10 Ortiz fights Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 in the completion of a trilogy between the two with each having split Split Decisions in their previous meetings. Other notches on Ortiz’s professional belt include Ken Shamrock, Wanderlei Silva, and Vitor Belfort.
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