In this episode of the Championship Leadership podcast, Tito Ortiz talks about his journey to where he is today, treating others with respect, his children as his legacy and so much more.
In This Episode:
- [3:00] The effect of the corana virus pandemic in his life and business.
- [8:17] His take on how President Trump is handling the corona virus pandemic.
- [19:54] His vision and future plans.
- [28:57] A turning point inside of his life.
“Treating others the way i want to be treated.”
“I’d rather be respected than to be feared.”
“You can’t fix anybody, they have to fix themselves”
“My legacy is my children.”
“You have to suffer to succeed.”
About The Guest:
Jacob “Tito” Ortiz powered his way to the top of the Ultimate Fighting game unlike any other fighter of today. Starting from very humble beginnings and keeping his heritage strong along the way. Tito has become the world’s most famous face of MMA and a multimillion-dollar brand in the process.
“Tito”, Spanish for” tyrant” was a name coined for him by his father. He had a rough start with both parents suffering from drug addiction and bouncing from living in trailer parks, motels and garages. Realizing that he had to get away from the life that many kids around him were living of hustling the streets, Tito threw himself into sports and began wrestling in High School. He continued his wrestling career at Golden West College and Cal State Bakersfield. While still in college, Tito competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championships in 1997 as an amateur for no prize money and won his first ever fight in 31 seconds.
This was the beginning of a long run of battles for Tito in the UFC and after 3 years of competing and only 6 professional fights, he won the Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Wanderlei Silva at UFC 25 in Japan. He would go on to defend his championship 6 times over the next 3 years until losing to fellow legend Randy Couture at UFC 44. He has since fought some of the highest profile fights in UFC History with main event Battles against the likes of Ken Shamrock and Chuck Lidell. He coached the 3rd and 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter and this is when fans got to know the real Tito Ortiz as a person and coach and his popularity grew even stronger as an unparalleled fan favorite. In 2012, he was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame as well as the UFC Hall of Fame. He also announced his retirement from the UFC.
In 2013 it was announced that Ortiz will come out of retirement and signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA. 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. He won via first round arm-triangle choke submission. He faced fellow UFC hall of famer Stephan Bonnar on November 15, 2014 at Bellator 131. He won via split decision. Ortiz faced his final opponent fellow UFC veteran Chael Sonnen on January 21, 2017 in the main event at Bellator 170. Before the fight, Ortiz announced this would be his last mixed martial arts fight. He won the fight via submission in the first round.
In 2018, Golden Boy Productions announced that Ortiz would make another comeback to face his rival Chuck Liddell in a third fight. The fight took place on November 24, 2018. Ortiz won by knockout in the first round. His fight record stands at 34 fights, with only 12 loses and 1 draw.
In April 2019, Ortiz announced that he had signed a multi-fight agreement with Combate Americas. He made his promotional debut December 7, 2019 against former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio in a 210-pound Catchweight bout. He won the fight via submission in the first round.
Outside the ring, he runs his own hugely successful clothing line, Punishment Athletics Enterprises and his Athlete management company, Primetime 360 ESM. He raises money for children’s charities and regularly travels abroad on USO missions to support the troops. He frequently appears on the cover of magazines and other media and has appeared in numerous films and TV shows. He authored a bestselling autobiography, “This Is Gonna Hurt”, and became a crossover star on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” where he made it through nine of the season’s 12 episodes. In 2017 he co-starred in Tyler Perry’s box office hit “Boo 2”. In 2018 he co-starred in the movie “Silencer” as well as Claudia Myers’ “Shadow Girl”. In 2019 he co-starred in the Lionsgate thriller “Trauma Center”. A true character of life, Tito Ortiz will give his all to whatever is thrown at him. He is the proud father of 3 boys. A man with many talents both in and out of the ring, Tito has overcome tremendous adversity to rise to the top and is a true American success story.
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