Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that they’ve re-signed former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz. Terms were not disclosed.
Ortiz and White recently buried the hatchet via Twitter and following the reconciliation, many fans expected to hear news of Ortiz’s return to the UFC octagon. Ortiz underwent back surgery in October 2008 and is expecting to return in November or December, possibly against UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman.
“Forrest Griffin, I beat; Rashad Evans I thought I’d beat, but they called it a draw; Machida, I gave him the best fight anybody’s given him to this point and I almost submitted him.” said Ortiz to UFC.com. “So me coming back at a hundred percent, everyone in the light heavyweights better watch out because I’m coming full force and I want to get that world title around my waist again.”
“I think the last time I was at peace like this was when I was the champion and didn’t have back problems,” Ortiz said. “Dana being a man of his word and Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta being as forgiving and generous as they have been, I’m very, very thankful. I’m thankful for the people around me, my camp, my beautiful girlfriend Jenna, my two beautiful sons, and for my fans. The fans have stuck with me no matter what. Well, I’m back home, and I’m back where I need to be.”
Ortiz possesses a mixed martial arts record of 16-5-1. Ortiz owns victories over notable names including Ken Shamrock, Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Patrick Cote, Evan Tanner, Wanderlei Silva, Yuki Kondo, and Guy Metzger.
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