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Ultimate Blood Drive II

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2008-02-13

Ortiz may be known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” but much of his time and energy outside the fighting arena is dedicated to charitable activities. Through the “Ultimate Blood Drive II,” he helped United Blood Services knock out the traditional decline in donations over the last Labor Day holiday. Ortiz challenged his fans to step up and save lives. “Some fans look up to me as a hero, but here’s a chance for everyone to be real heroes and save lives,” he said.

Ortiz signed on as host of the “Ultimate Blood Drive II” on Sunday, September 2, at Glendale Community College. All donors who joined his fight to save lives met Ortiz and received a personalized autographed photo of the champ. Participants were entered into drawings for apparel from his Punishment Athletics clothing line and a limited edition lithograph photograph. One ultimate donor won lunch with Ortiz in appreciation for joining his crusade!

The ultimate donor lunch winner was Christopher Rennie of Glendale, Arizona. The luncheon took place Sunday, February 10 at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Spending the afternoon having lunch with the champ Ortiz was a special event for Rennie, who is in the United States Army. Rennie was being deployed to Iraq that Sunday evening. The special meal and conversations with Ortiz was a great send off for Rennie, in lieu of family who are in Pittsburgh. The party included:

Tito Ortiz, Mixed Martial Arts Champ

Kristin Ortiz, President, Punishment Athletics Enterprises Inc.

Carla Fields, Director of Donor Recruitment, United Blood Services

Jeanette Nicely, Donor Recruitment Manager, United Blood Services

Congratulations to Christopher Rennie for winning and our deepest gratitude for saving lives both in Arizona and Iraq. He is truly a champ and hero not only for being a regular blood donor, but for supporting our country by putting himself in harms way for all of us.

JENNA JAMESON TO HOST ‘SURPRISE’ BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR MMA CHAMP TITO ORTIZ

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2008-01-23

MEDIA ALERT

WHO: Internationally recognized sexy icon Jenna Jameson and Champion MMA fighter Tito Ortiz, who have been called “the new power couple.”

WHAT: Jenna will host an open-to-the-public “surprise” birthday party for Mixed Martial Arts sensation Tito Ortiz who will be 32-years-old.

Music will be by DJ Mark Ronson.

WHERE: At Pure Night Club in Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. Call 702-289-2002 for reservations.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 23rd starting at 10 PM. Red Carpet photo / interview opportunities from 10-11 PM.

PRESS CONTACT: Sarah Perkins, 800-762-4761 or perkycomm@aol.com

*Boston Herald

About Jenna Jameson:

According to New York Magazine Jenna Jameson is a “cultural icon.” Her book about her life and adventures, “How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale,” has been a New York Times and Amazon bestseller. Ms. Jameson has debated at Oxford University in England, been inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame, profiled by E! True Hollywood Story, has made countless radio and television appearances and has appeared in thousands of newspaper and magazine articles. Recognized as the first mainstream adult film star, Ms. Jameson was also the first person from the adult film industry to be immortalized by Madame Tussauds in its 200-year-plus history.

About Tito Ortiz:

Jacob “Tito” Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is a legendary participant of the sport of mixed martial arts, or “MMA.” Ortiz’ career has been mostly within the Ultimate Fighting Competition organization. A former Light-Heavyweight UFC champion, Ortiz has become one of the sport’s shining stars, headlining pay per view championship events and appearing on the cover of such magazines as Black Belt. He is a native of Hunting beach, CA and is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Tito Ortiz is recognized as a charismatic and controversial fighter and has also acted in several films and TV series. Whatever the opinions of Ortiz, he is recognized as a colorful showman and talented athlete.

PREMIOS FOX SPORTS AWARDS SHOW

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-12-14

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CHAMP TITO ORTIZ

TO BE IN MIAMI BEACH ON DECEMBER 14TH FOR

PREMIOS FOX SPORTS AWARDS SHOW

WHO: Mixed martial arts champ Tito Ortiz will be a presenter at the 4th Annual Premios Fox Sports Awards Show this week in Miami Beach.

Tito is taking time off from training for his upcoming battle against UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, which takes place on December 30th at the MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas and will be aired on PPV.

“I’m very proud of my Hispanic heritage and it’s terrific to be part of an event that honors outstanding athletes from all sports and all walks of life,” said Ortiz. “All of these competitors have shown what you can do with a combination of skill, dedication, hard work and lots of heart. It is an honor for me to be among them.”

Tito Ortiz Set To Make Second Visit

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-12-13

By Jason Perkins

The following is a press release from the USO:
Mixed martial arts favorite Tito Ortiz and fellow fighter Justin McCully are gearing up for their second trip to the Persian Gulf to visit troops as part of a USO/Multi National Corps – Iraq entertainment tour. In July 2007, Ortiz and McCully took time out of their schedules to visit wounded service members being treated in Washington , DC , and Bethesda , MD. In true patriotism, they also visited thousands of service men and women stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad and surrounding military installations, bringing smiles and a much needed break from day-to-day operations.

Touched by their USO experiences overseas, the duo vowed to continue supporting U.S. troops, reuniting to demonstrate insider fighting techniques, shake hands with U.S. troops and chat with those stationed abroad. The pair will also express their heartfelt gratitude, sign autographs and pose for pictures.

“I look forward to returning to the Persian Gulf with the USO to visit our nation’s troops,” says Ortiz. “The truth is, they give me more than I could ever give them. They secure our borders, sacrifice their lives and fight for our freedom, and I’ll do what little I can to say thanks.”

A native of Huntington Beach , CA , Ortiz is a legendary mixed martial arts fighter. A former Light-Heavyweight champion, he spent most of his career fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Competition organization. Admired for his showmanship and athleticism, Ortiz has headlined numerous pay-per-view championship events, appeared on the covers of countless magazines and been profiled in such publications as “The New York Times” and “Sports Illustrated,” among many others. His acting ability and charisma have also earned him roles in several films and TV series, including CBS’ “NUMB3RS” and his much anticipated appearance on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” airing January 3, 2008 at 9 p.m.

Ultimate Fighting Championship newcomer, McCully, nicknamed “The Insane 1,” is an accomplished fighter and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Far from an overnight success, McCully made his mixed martial arts debut in 1997 in Tokyo .

Since 1941, the USO has brought quality entertainment to millions of U.S. military service members and their families. In 2006, hundreds of celebrities donated their time and talents to help the USO boost troop morale and bring a touch of home to the men and women serving our country.

Tito Ortiz says he will return in May 2008

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-12-04

By Raj Giri

Despite being one of UFC’s top draws, Tito Ortiz hasn’t fought since July 7, when he fought Rashad Evans to a draw at UFC 73: Stacked. Ortiz, who is currently filming for The Apprentice on NBC, was originally scheduled to have a rematch against Evans at UFC 78. Ortiz decided against the fight due to nagging injuries, with Michael Bisping eventually getting the fight with Evans.
“My last fight, before I fought Rashad (Evans), I wasn’t 100 percent, and I just wanted to make sure if I ever fight again I’m going to be 100 percent,” Ortiz told MMAWeekly.com “The back injury that I sustained kind of hindered me for fight time. Now it’s a lot better, and May will be my next fight.

“I spoke to Lorenzo (Fertitta) and it looks like … they’re going to wait until May, so the next Cinco de Mayo weekend will be Tito Ortiz’ next fight.”

This would put Ortiz’s next fight in another five months. While no opponents have been named for his next fight, a rematch with Evans would make the most sense, since they last fought to a controversial draw and Evans is coming off a victory over Michael Bisping.

Meanwhile, the animosity between Ortiz and Dana White continues. When recently asked during a press conference why Ortiz didn’t fight Evans at UFC 78, White remarked how he heard that Ortiz was injured, only to later find out that he was filming The Apprentice. Later when a reporter asked why Matt Hamill didn’t fight Michael Bisping at the same show, White replied “Because he’s [Hamill] really injured”.

HOT HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-11-13

HOT HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FROM MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CHAMP TITO ORTIZ AND PUNISHMENT ATHLETICS

Includes Items Featuring Latest in Sportswear Trends for Both Men and Women

LOS ANGELES – (November 13, 2007) – Mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz is gearing up for the upcoming holiday season with the latest trends in sportswear. Perfect for friends and loved ones, for fans of Tito or fashionistas, Punishment Athletics (www.punishment.com) offers only top quality apparel. Tito’s dedicated support of our troops is reflected in the styles of his latest apparel for men and women.

Photos of the latest offerings include both long and short sleeved shirts such as (from left to right):

1. The “All American” long-sleeved cotton T-shirt, which is available in up-to-the-minute charcoal gray. The shirt features an “eagle-star-fist” design on the front and a vertical Punishment logo on the left sleeve. “All American” is available from sizes Medium through 3XL and is $25.00.

2. The stylish women’s “Thermal Angel” perfect fit, long-sleeved shirt. The green camouflage is offset by an angel wing design in white, gray and hot pink. Made of a cozy waffle weave blend, this thermal shirt has a tapered waist and is available in sizes Small through Large and is priced at $40.00.

3. “Heritage,” a high quality cotton short-sleeved T-shirt celebrating Tito’s Hispanic heritage. Punishment is printed in both English and Spanish and motifs from the Mexican flag in green, white and red dominate the black T-shirt. “Heritage” is available in sizes Medium through 2XL and is $20.00.

The new holiday gifts also include a selection of hats for both men and women including:

1. The women’s “Halo Flat Bill” hat ($22.00) perfectly complements the “Thermal Angel” shirt by featuring the same angel wing design on front and the Punishment logo across back in hot pink. Available in white, the “Halo Flat Bill” hat is available in sizes Small/Medium and Large/XL.

2. The one-size-fits-all “Square Fist Reversible Beanie,” the very style worn by Tito. Stay warm with this black and gray beanie ($22.00) which boldly displays the Punishment logo. The beanie offers two fashionable looks for the price of one.

Tito has garnered top success with the Punishment Athletics sportswear collection at major trade shows such as MAGIC in Las Vegas, Nevada and ASR in San Diego, California. Punishment Athletics offers an array of athletic wear, casual apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The clothing line is so popular that its T-shirts, night-shirts and other apparel even get their own posts in the forum section of Tito’s popular blog.

Tito, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champ, is admired as a colorful showman, a talented athlete, actor and a supporter of our troops. He recently visited U.S. troops in Iraq and military hospitals in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Current projects include growing his business, keeping fit for upcoming fights and writing his autobiography for Simon & Schuster.

Tito Ortiz Wants The Winner Of Evans-Bisping

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-11-11

By Jason Perkins

Tito Ortiz would like to face the winner of Rashad Evans and Micheal Bisping according to edmontonsun.com:
When I lost to Chuck Liddell I took a step down. When I fought Rashad (Evans) I thought I won the fight. It was supposed to happen again, but it ain’t happening. I looked at a thing on UFC.tv and it said the light heavyweights are Rashad vs (Michael) Bisbing and there were others that were contenders, but my picture wasn’t on it. They are just trying to hold on and make sure the fighters don’t get more powerful. I am going to work to get the right fights and that belt will be around my waist.

Ortiz hopes to be back in the octagon by February, hopefully taking on the winner of the Evans-Bisping fight.

Tito Ortiz Is Set To Appear On Celebrity Version Of “The Apprentice”

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-10-20

By Jason Perkins

Check out the following excerpts from an article posted on mmajunkie.com:
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will be a cast member on the upcoming celebrity edition of “The Apprentice.“

Past seasons of the show featured approximately 16 “job applicants” from various backgrounds vying for real-world jobs within Trump’s empire.

The upcoming season will feature 16 celebrities (of varying degrees) competing in a similar format.

The celebrities were revealed today when paparazzi photographed some of the cast members completing a task in New York City. Celebrity blogs and news outlets have since publicized the names, which include Ortiz, Lennox Lewis (boxer), Gene Simmons (front man for the rock group “KISS”), Omarosa (former cast member on “The Apprentice”), Stephen Baldwin (actor), Carol Alt (model), Vincent Pastore (actor from “Sopranos”), John Cena (professional wrestler) and Marilu Henner (actress).

The list is incomplete; additional names will eventually be revealed.

The timing of Ortiz’s involvement the show is peculiar. The light heavyweight was expected to headline a November UFC 78 event against Rashad Evans. However, Bisping took the fight in Ortiz’s place, and it was presumed stalled contract negotiations between Ortiz and UFC officials was the reason why. There’s no word if his involvement in the show played a roll in the fight’s cancellation.

Tito Ortiz Won’t Be In Action Again Until Early 2008

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-10-11

By Jason Perkins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATEMENT FROM Tito Ortiz RESPONDING TO QUERIES ABOUT WHAT HE IS DOING NOW AND WHEN/WHO HE PLANS TO FIGHT NEXT

As always, it’s been great to hear from so many fans who are eager to know about my next match.

Right now I am totally focused on training. I have always had a reputation for being the best prepared fighter in any match I’ve ever entered, and I intend to maintain that reputation.

I’m currently working very closely with the UFC to plan my next fight, which you can be sure will not disappoint my fans. It looks like I will fight again in early 2008, and when I do I will be 100% prepared to crush my opponent.

During training breaks I’m busy running my active sportswear business Punishment Athletics (www.punishment.com), which has just had its most successful year, and with the two causes that I support — our U.S. troops and children in need. I hope there will be an announcement very soon about a new effort that I’m involved with for kids that I think all of my fans will want to get behind. I’m also planning to follow-up my visit with our troops in Iraq this summer with a return trip before the end of the year.

Source: MMANews

STATEMENT FROM TITO ORTIZ

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-10-11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STATEMENT FROM TITO ORTIZ RESPONDING TO QUERIES ABOUT WHAT HE IS DOING NOW AND WHEN/WHO HE PLANS TO FIGHT NEXT

Huntington Beach, CA– (October 11, 2007) – As always, it’s been great to hear from so many fans who are eager to know about my next match.

Right now I am totally focused on training. I have always had a reputation for being the best prepared fighter in any match I’ve ever entered, and I intend to maintain that reputation.

I’m currently working very closely with the UFC to plan my next fight, which you can be sure will not disappoint my fans. It looks like I will fight again in early 2008, and when I do I will be 100% prepared to crush my opponent.

During training breaks I’m busy running my active sportswear business Punishment Athletics (www.punishment.com), which has just had its most successful year, and with the two causes that I support — our U.S. troops and children in need. I hope there will be an announcement very soon about a new effort that I’m involved with for kids that I think all of my fans will want to get behind. I’m also planning to follow-up my visit with our troops in Iraq this summer with a return trip before the end of the year.

About Tito Ortiz

Jacob “Tito” Ortiz is a legendary MMA fighter. His career has been mostly within the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization where he was Light-Heavyweight champion and became one of the UFC’s shining stars. A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Ortiz is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” and is admired as both a colorful showman and talented athlete. His acting ability and charisma have earned him roles in several films and TV series, including an appearance on the CBS TV series “NUMB3RS.” He donates significant time to charitable work, makes appearances to support the U.S. troops and children in need. He also heads the successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics.