Former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz is a Hall of Famer and one of the founding members of the world’s foremost MMA promotion. Using his ground-and-pound style, Ortiz controlled his respective division for several years, including a record that still stands of five successful title defenses.
Now, the man formerly known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is adding another page to his resume by letting it be known it was his decision for the 205-pound weight class to be created in the UFC.
“Back when they made the weight classes, (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva asked me what would be the perfect weight for me,” said Ortiz during a recent interview on Fuel TV. “I was weighing about 215, so 205 would be perfect. He said, ‘Fine, we’re making the weight class 205.'”
Ortiz added that anyone who doesn’t believe him can ask Silva, because he is, “100-percent responsible.”
So, there you have it. Thank Ortiz for the light heavyweight division being where it is today.
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