Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz
Jacob Christopher "Tito" Ortiz (/ˈtiːtoʊ ɔːrˈtiːz/; born January 23, 1975) is an American semi-retired mixed martial artist. In the MMA world, he is known

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Tito Ortiz Ortiz in 2007Born Jacob Christopher Ortiz
(1975-01-23) January 23, 1975 (age 43)
Huntington Beach, California, U.S.Other names The Huntington Beach Bad Boy
Nationality AmericanHeight 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)Weight 205 lb (93.0 kg; 14.6 st)Division Light-heavyweightReach 74 in (190 cm)[1]Style Boxing, Wrestling,
Brazilian Jiu-JitsuFighting out of Huntington Beach, California, U.S.Team Team PunishmentYears active 1997–2012, 2014-2017, 2018-present Mixed martial arts recordTotal 32Wins 19By knockout 8By submission 5By decision 6Losses 12By knockout 4By submission 3By decision 5Draws 1 Other informationUniversity California State University, BakersfieldSpouse Abi Lewis[citation needed]Notable club(s) Punishment Training CenterNotable school(s) Huntington Beach High SchoolWebsite www.TitoOrtiz.com Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog last updated on: September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15) Medal record Representing  United States Men's Grappling ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship 2000 Abu Dhabi -99 kg

Jacob Christopher "Tito" Ortiz (/ˈtiːtoʊ ɔːrˈtiːz/; born January 23, 1975) is an American semi-retired mixed martial artist. In the MMA world, he is known for his stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000 to September 26, 2003, and Bellator MMA.[2] [3] Along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, he was one of the sport’s early stars. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock.[4]

Outside of his fighting career, Ortiz is the CEO of the Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line. He also owns an MMA training gym called Punishment Training Center, which is located in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California.[5] On July 7, 2012, Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame.

He has recorded victories over many notable fighters, including Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Ryan Bader, Evan Tanner, Chael Sonnen, and Ken Shamrock (x3).

Contents Background

Ortiz was born in Huntington Beach, California, where he lived until he moved to Santa Ana, California at the age of five. He is the son of Joyce and Samuel Ortiz. His father is of Mexican descent and his mother is of English ancestry and was born in Hilo, Hawaii.[6] Ortiz was given the nickname "Tito" by his father at the age of one. Ortiz has three older half-brothers from his mother's first marriage to Louie Simmons.[7] Ortiz had a difficult childhood: both of his parents were addicted to heroin, while Ortiz was involved with street gangs, was placed in juvenile halls, and used drugs such as cocaine and PCP. His parents divorced when he was thirteen years old, and his mother took the young Ortiz with her back to Huntington Beach. When he was only seven years old, Ortiz supported himself by selling fish that he caught at a local pier and later attended Huntington Beach High School, where he began wrestling during his sophomore year. He excelled at the sport, winning a CIF championship at 189 pounds, and finishing fourth in the state tournament as a senior. When Ortiz was eighteen years old, his mother kicked him out of the house and he began living with one of his brothers while doing labor work, and later became addicted to methamphetamines. At the age of nineteen, Ortiz ran into an old high school wrestling coach, a future UFC fighter and the head wrestling coach at Golden West College, Paul Herrera, who encouraged him to enroll in the college. Ortiz then began attending Golden West, where he was a California junior college state champion and All-American for two consecutive years before transferring California State University at Bakersfield, where he continued wrestling but was never a full-time starter. Ortiz also trained with UFC fighter and fellow collegiate wrestler, Tank Abbott.[8][9][10]

Mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Championship

Ortiz's mixed martial arts debut was at UFC 13 in 1997. Still in college, Ortiz competed as an amateur for no prize money or contracts. He beat Wes Albritton in an alternate bout by referee stoppage at 0:31 of the first round. He was selected to face Guy Mezger in the Light Heavyweight final after Enson Inoue could not continue due to injury. Despite dominating Mezger at first, Ortiz lost the fight at 2:00 in the first round by a guillotine choke submission. After returning with a TKO victory over Jeremy Screeton at West Coast NHB Championships 1, Ortiz fought top ranked fighter and UFC 12 Light Heavyweight Tournament Champion Jerry Bohlander at UFC 18. Ortiz dominated the fight and won via TKO due to cut stoppage. Ortiz then avenged his loss to Mezger at UFC 19 by TKO. Ortiz's post fight antics towards Mezger and the Lion's Den led to his long running rivalry with the team's leader Ken Shamrock.

Ortiz has credited UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten for inspiration during his early days. Ortiz said; "I looked up to Bas Rutten. Bas was my idol. People were just so scared of fighting him, he was like the man. I thought that was what I need to do now. If I train as hard as he does then one day I'll be as good as him and two years later look where I am, I'm on top of the world. I'm got to say thanks to him, (Bas) for helping me out by making me believe in dreams."[11]

In 1999, Ortiz fought Frank Shamrock for what is now known as the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 22. Despite controlling Shamrock for the majority of the fight, Ortiz ended up losing via submission due to strikes. Following the victory, Shamrock retired and vacated the championship. The Middleweight division was then officially renamed the Light Heavyweight (205 lb) division and Ortiz was chosen, along with Wanderlei Silva, as a top contender. Ortiz defeated Silva for the vacant Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 25 via unanimous decision. He went on to defend the Light Heavyweight Championship a record five times in the following three years, defeating Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Elvis Sinosic, Vladimir Matyushenko and Lion's Den head Ken Shamrock.

At UFC 44, after a near year-long layoff from the sport, Ortiz fought the new Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture, who had defeated Chuck Liddell for the interim title at UFC 43 in September 2003. Couture defeated Ortiz via unanimous decision. The loss ended Ortiz's near three and a half year title reign, which was the longest Light Heavyweight Championship reign until Jon Jones won his sixth victory while maintaining the Light Heavyweight Championship on September 21, 2013.[12][13] Following his loss to Couture, Ortiz faced Chuck Liddell at UFC 47, losing by TKO in the second round. After six months off, Ortiz returned and took a unanimous decision victory over newcomer Patrick Côté at UFC 50 and a split decision over Vitor Belfort at UFC 51.

In February 2005, Ortiz took time away from the UFC and was offered deals with several promotions, including PRIDE Fighting Championships and the Don King-backed World Fighting Alliance. Ortiz and fellow fighter Fabiano Iha even hired investment banker Stan Medley to take a new league, The Xtreme Fighting Championship, public. But none of these endeavors came to fruition. Ortiz opted to try his hand at professional wrestling, signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a guest referee.[14]

In November 2005, UFC president Dana White announced Ortiz and Ken Shamrock would coach The Ultimate Fighter 3 reality TV series on Spike TV, which premiered in April 2006. Ortiz's first fight in his return occurred at UFC 59 on April 15, 2006, against previous The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner Forrest Griffin. Ortiz won via split decision (30–27, 28–29, 29–27). His next fight was against UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock at UFC 61 on July 8, 2006, a match which was to conclude a main rivalry on The Ultimate Fighter 3. Shamrock lost in the first round by TKO due to strikes (elbows) by Ortiz. On August 25, 2006, at the UFC 62 weigh-ins, Dana White announced a rematch between Ortiz and Shamrock for October 10, 2006, on Spike TV, as the main event of Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter. Ortiz beat Shamrock for the third time in this fight, which was stopped in the first round due to strikes. On December 30, 2006, at UFC 66, Ortiz's rematch with Chuck Liddell (for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship) ended in defeat via referee stoppage in the third round.[15]

He then fought against undefeated The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Rashad Evans on July 7, 2007, at UFC 73. Ortiz took charge of the fight from the outset, taking Evans down and controlling him. In the second round Ortiz once again took control and nearly submitted Evans before the culmination of the round. The fight ended in a draw after Ortiz was penalized for grabbing the fence.[16] Ortiz's last fight on his contract with the UFC was a unanimous decision loss to the then undefeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 on May 24, 2008.[17] All three judges scored the fight 30–27 to Machida.[18] Ortiz came close to submitting Machida in the third round with a triangle choke before transitioning to an armbar.[19] However, Machida managed to escape and survived the round, winning a unanimous judges' decision. The fight concluded Ortiz's stay with the promotion as he chose not to re-sign, citing his frustration with UFC president Dana White as a major factor in the decision.[20]

Outside the UFC

After leaving the UFC, Ortiz was approached by multiple promotions, including the now defunct EliteXC, Affliction and the American Fight League. However, a clause in his old UFC contract forbade him from signing with or fighting for any other organization until approximately April–June 2009. Until his return to the UFC, Ortiz was considered the biggest free agent on the market.[21]

On October 6, 2008, Ortiz underwent back surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada.[22] According to his website, he had been experiencing back pain since his fight with Randy Couture.

On Wednesday, December 17, 2008, Affliction Entertainment announced that Ortiz would be part of the broadcast team for the Affliction: Day of Reckoning. Ortiz had said he would fight again in August 2009, but this did not occur.

Return to the UFC

As part of his comeback to the UFC, Ortiz began training with his original Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo instructor Cleber Luciano (a student of Royler Gracie). Ortiz originally briefly trained with Luciano back in 1997, when he was still a student at Golden West College.[23]

On July 17, 2009, both Ortiz and Dana White stated that the pair had made amends.[24] One week later, White announced that he re-signed Tito.[25] Ortiz stated he is returning for a six-fight deal he and White have worked out. White officially announced Ortiz's return in a conference call on July 31, 2009. White mentioned that "everyone wants to see Tito fight" and "Tito will retire in the UFC." Mark Coleman was named as Ortiz's opponent for his return to the octagon at UFC 106.[26] However, Coleman pulled out of this bout due to a second-degree tear of his MCL, and was replaced by Forrest Griffin.

Due to an illness to UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, Ortiz's fight with Griffin was promoted to the headliner of UFC 106. Griffin won the fight via split decision, showing superior striking ability.[27] Whilst Ortiz was able to secure takedowns in the first and second rounds, Griffin showed considerable improvement since their first fight and kept the fight standing throughout the third, leading to the split decision victory.

On December 5, it was announced Ortiz would coach the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter, with the opposing coach being Chuck Liddell. He was scheduled to fight Liddell again for the third time at the end of the season and later pulled out of the bout.[28] On April 7, 2010, UFC president Dana White said Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 was scheduled to be the main event for UFC 115.[29] However, on April 12, 2010, the UFC confirmed the main event for the card was Liddell vs. Rich Franklin.[30]

Ortiz fought Matt Hamill on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121.[31] Hamill was Ortiz's first overall pick during Season 3 of the Ultimate Fighter. Ortiz lost the fight via unanimous decision.

UFC President Dana White hinted at Tito Ortiz's possible release from the UFC in a post-fight interview after UFC 121[32] stating that 'We all know what happens when guys lose four fights in the UFC'. There had been no official statement to confirm this, however. On November 7, in a response to a fan via his Twitter, Ortiz stated that he would again fight in the UFC.[33]

Ortiz was expected to face Antônio Rogério Nogueira on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.[34] UFC president Dana White said that he had expected to cut Ortiz loose from the UFC after his loss to Hamill, but decided to give him one last chance against Nogueira.[35] Ortiz received a cut above his eye and a concussion while training for his fight with Nogueira and was forced to withdraw. He was replaced by Phil Davis.[36]

Ortiz took on Ryan Bader on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.[37] Coming in as a heavy underdog, with his UFC career on the line (despite stating that in his previous 5 fights, he'd been plagued by injury), Ortiz dropped Bader with strikes and submitted him using a guillotine choke at 1:56 of the first round, thus securing his first victory since 2006 and saving his UFC career. The victory earned him "Submission of the Night" honors.

Ortiz in June 2008

In a rematch against Rashad Evans on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133, in which he replaced an injured Phil Davis on two weeks' notice, Ortiz lost in the second round by TKO via strikes, despite nearly finishing Evans in round one with a guillotine.

Ortiz faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140.[38] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. He would state after the fight that he had suffered a neck injury before the fight, but decided to fight anyway in the hope of bringing the fans a victory.

Ortiz then stated he would retire after his next fight, the last of his contract, against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148.[39]

Ortiz faced Forrest Griffin for a third time on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148.[40] Ortiz was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame prior to his final bout.[41] He lost in a Fight of the Night winning performance (despite landing 2 knockdowns and 2 takedowns to Griffin's zero).[42] Griffin once again was able to out strike Ortiz for the victory.

Brief retirement

Following his loss to Griffin, Ortiz retired from MMA and started up a management company, Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management Inc. The management team would pick up Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino as its first high-profile client.[43] He came out of retirement to fight in Bellator MMA.[44]

On February 14, 2014, Tito Ortiz stepped down as manager for Cristiane Justino.[45]

Bellator MMA

On July 31, 2013 it was announced that Ortiz would come out of retirement to face former training partner and fellow former UFC Light heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106.[46] However, on October 25, it was announced that Ortiz suffered a neck injury and had to pull out of his fight with Jackson.[47] Despite having to deal with another injury, Ortiz said that he would still focus on a return to the cage[48] and Bellator President Bjorn Rebney said that they still wanted to see Ortiz compete in their organization.[49]

Ortiz faced Bellator Middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, in a match up at Light Heavyweight, in his Bellator debut on May 17, 2014 at Bellator 120.[50] He won via first round arm-triangle choke submission.[51] In his victory speech, he was dismissive of the UFC for the company's attempts to remove him from their history, calling it "bullshit" and stated that he will "live in the MMA memory forever".[52]

Ortiz faced fellow UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar on November 15, 2014 at Bellator 131.[53] He won via split decision.[54]

On June 19, 2015, it was announced that Ortiz would face Liam McGeary for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship.[55] The match eventually took place on September 19, 2015 at Bellator 142: Dynamite 1. Ortiz lost the fight via inverted triangle choke in the first round.

In his fourth fight for the promotion, Ortiz faced fellow UFC veteran Chael Sonnen on January 21, 2017 in the main event at Bellator 170.[56] Before the fight Ortiz announced this would be his last mixed martial arts fight. He won via rear-naked choke in first round.

Third comeback

It was announced that Ortiz will come out of retirement to fight long-time rival Chuck Liddell in a third fight for Golden Boy Promotions.

Professional wrestling Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Sporadic appearances (2005)

In May 2005, Ortiz made an appearance for the professional wrestling promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). On May 15, 2005 at Hard Justice Ortiz served as special guest referee in the NWA World Heavyweight Championship title match between champion Jeff Jarrett and challenger A.J. Styles at the behest of Director of Authority Dusty Rhodes. The conclusion of the match saw Ortiz knock out Jarrett with a right hook after Jarrett shoved him, which allowed Styles to hit his "Spiral Tap" for the pinfall victory and claim the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[57] Ortiz returned to TNA on the October 1 edition of TNA Impact! and the following week he was revealed as the special guest referee for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship match between Jeff Jarrett and Kevin Nash at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view, in a segment, where he grabbed the number one contender Nash in a rear naked choke in order to prevent him from brawling with Jarrett.[58][59] On October 23 at Bound for Glory Ortiz refereed the match for the title between Jarrett and Rhino, a last minute replacement for Nash. The matched ended with Ortiz knocking out America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm), two of Jarrett's associates who attempted to interfere in the match, and then counted the pinfall for Rhino to crown him the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion.[60]

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-Tito Ortiz, in his September 2014 interview with Submission Radio.[61][unreliable source]

Ortiz returned to TNA on August 1, 2013, revealing himself as the man behind the cryptic #August1Warning tweets and YouTube videos and staring down the Aces & Eights and The Main Event Mafia, which included his Bellator 106 opponent Quinton Jackson.[62] The following week, Ortiz returned to explain his reason for being in TNA, but he was interrupted by Kurt Angle who declared his respect for Ortiz, and later Bully Ray who declared his disrespect for both men.[63] On August 15 at Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice, Ortiz was picked by Jackson to sub for Angle in the Main Event Mafia to take on Aces & Eights, which Ortiz left up in the air before he was again interrupted and insulted by Bully Ray. During the main event of the evening, Ortiz turned on Jackson by hitting him with a hammer and allowed Ray to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Sabin.[64] The following week, Ortiz officially joined Aces & Eights.[65] However, on Impact Wrestling: No Surrender, it was announced that Bellator MMA had pulled Ortiz from TNA programming due to his upcoming PPV fight with Rampage Jackson, thus removing him from Aces & Eights, Ortiz has since parted ways with TNA.


Ortiz made a cameo in the 2008 comedy Zombie Strippers as the bouncer of the Rhino. In addition, he has a cameo in Jet Li's Cradle 2 the Grave, as well as co-starring in The Crow: Wicked Prayer. Tito also played a minor role in Turkish film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, and briefly appeared in Korn's music video "Got the Life", as well as portraying American symbol Uncle Sam in the band Seether's music video for the song "Truth." He also appeared on Hell's Kitchen where he sat at the chef's table. He also appeared on MADtv. Tito most recently played an MMA fighter named Derek Petrov on an episode of CSI: NY titled "Clean Sweep", which aired on January 6, 2012 on CBS. [66]


While Ortiz describes his poker playing as a hobby, in March 2017 he placed 22nd in the $5,300 No Limit Hold'em PokerStars Championship Main Event in Panama[67]. Additionally, he has appeared on Shark Cage, Live at the Bike, and has participated in a number of private tournaments[68].

Personal life Ortiz with girlfriend, Amber Nichole Miller and his two sons in November 2014 Relationships and children

Ortiz was married to his first wife, Kristin, for 5 years.[69] They have a son, Jacob.[70] In 2006, he began dating former adult film star Jenna Jameson.[71][72] He cancelled a November 12, 2006 appearance as the guest of honor at the United States Marine Corps birthday ball at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, when the Corps refused to let him bring Jameson as his guest.[73][74] On November 30, 2006, in an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Ortiz stated that he was in love with Jameson, that she was no longer acting in pornography, and that they were in a monogamous relationship.[75]

Ortiz announced in August 2008 that he and Jameson were expecting twins in April 2009.[76] On March 16, 2009, Jameson gave birth to twin boys, Jesse Jameson and Journey Jett.[77][78] Jameson and Ortiz split up in March 2013. Ortiz was granted full custody of the twins.[79]

Legal issues

On April 26, 2010, Ortiz was arrested for felony domestic violence against then-wife Jenna Jameson at their Huntington Beach, California home.[80] Jameson was photographed afterward that day with a bandaged arm,[81] amid accusations by both parties against each other, with Ortiz accusing Jameson of being erratic and addicted to OxyContin, while she alleged that he was abusive. Both later recanted the allegations.[82]

Ortiz was arrested on DUI charges in Los Angeles on January 6, 2014.[83][84][85] He was sentenced to three years probation, an undisclosed fine, and an obligation to enroll in an alcohol education program.[86]

Championships and accomplishments Mixed martial arts Professional wrestling Submission grappling Amateur wrestling Mixed martial arts record Professional record breakdown 32 matches 19 wins 12 losses By knockout 8 4 By submission 5 3 By decision 6 5 Draws 1 Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Win 19–12–1 Chael Sonnen Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 170 January 21, 2017 1 2:03 Inglewood, California, United States Loss 18–12–1 Liam McGeary Submission (inverted triangle choke) Bellator 142: Dynamite 1 September 19, 2015 1 4:41 San Jose, California, United States For the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship. Win 18–11–1 Stephan Bonnar Decision (split) Bellator 131 November 15, 2014 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States Win 17–11–1 Alexander Shlemenko Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bellator 120 May 17, 2014 1 2:27 Southaven, Mississippi, United States Loss 16–11–1 Forrest Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night Loss 16–10–1 Antônio Rogério Nogueira TKO (elbows and body punches) UFC 140 December 10, 2011 1 3:15 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Loss 16–9–1 Rashad Evans TKO (knee to the body and punches) UFC 133 August 6, 2011 2 4:48 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Fight of the Night. Win 16–8–1 Ryan Bader Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 132 July 2, 2011 1 1:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night. Loss 15–8–1 Matt Hamill Decision (unanimous) UFC 121 October 23, 2010 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Loss 15–7–1 Forrest Griffin Decision (split) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Loss 15–6–1 Lyoto Machida Decision (unanimous) UFC 84 May 24, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Draw 15–5–1 Rashad Evans Draw (unanimous) UFC 73 July 7, 2007 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Ortiz was penalized 1 point for holding onto the fence. Loss 15–5 Chuck Liddell TKO (punches) UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz December 30, 2006 3 3:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night. Win 15–4 Ken Shamrock TKO (punches) Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter October 10, 2006 1 2:22 Hollywood, Florida, United States Knockout of the Night. Win 14–4 Ken Shamrock TKO (elbows) UFC 61: Bitter Rivals July 8, 2006 1 1:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 3 coaches fight. Win 13–4 Forrest Griffin Decision (split) UFC 59: Reality Check April 15, 2006 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Fight of the Night. 2006 Fight of the Year. Win 12–4 Vitor Belfort Decision (split) UFC 51 February 5, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 11–4 Patrick Côté Decision (unanimous) UFC 50 October 22, 2004 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Loss 10–4 Chuck Liddell KO (punches) UFC 47 April 2, 2004 2 0:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Loss 10–3 Randy Couture Decision (unanimous) UFC 44 September 26, 2003 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Win 10–2 Ken Shamrock TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 40 November 22, 2002 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Win 9–2 Vladimir Matyushenko Decision (unanimous) UFC 33 September 28, 2001 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Win 8–2 Elvis Sinosic TKO (punches and elbows) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 1 3:32 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Win 7–2 Evan Tanner KO (slam) UFC 30 February 23, 2001 1 0:30 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Win 6–2 Yuki Kondo Submission (cobra choke) UFC 29 December 16, 2000 1 1:51 Tokyo, Japan Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Win 5–2 Wanderlei Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 25 April 14, 2000 5 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Loss 4–2 Frank Shamrock Submission (punches) UFC 22 September 24, 1999 4 4:42 Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S. For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. 1999 Fight of the Year. Win 4–1 Guy Mezger TKO (punches) UFC 19 March 5, 1999 1 9:56 Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States Win 3–1 Jerry Bohlander TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 18 January 8, 1999 1 14:31 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Win 2–1 Jeremy Screeton Submission (knees) West Coast NHB Championships 1 December 8, 1998 1 0:16 Los Angeles, California, United States Loss 1–1 Guy Mezger Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 13 May 30, 1997 1 3:00 Augusta, Georgia, United States Win 1–0 Wes Albritton TKO (punches) UFC 13 May 30, 1997 1 0:31 Augusta, Georgia, United States Books See also References
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