Archive for the ‘Tito Ortiz News & Updates’ Category

Tito Ortiz Talks About Skipping The Rematch With Rashad Evans

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-10-05

By Jason Perkins

Post from Tito Ortiz made over on The Underground Forum:
Getting in shape. I’m doing rehab for my injurys. I’m sick of fight 75%. I’m trying to pay my bills injured and making guys like evans and forrest look good. I can’t do it anymore. I’m going to take some time to take care of myself. Everone wants the old Tito back and I’m going to give it to them.

Our fans pick Liddell, Ortiz and Jenna at the White House and More

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-09-22

By Raj Giri

In our Weekly Poll, fans of this site are picking Chuck Lidell to win tonight’s main event of UFC 76: Knockout with an astounding 83% of the votes. Keith Jardine has 13% with 4% undecided.
The Daily Examiner has an article about an aide of Sen. Arlen Specter giving a White House tour to UFC Star Tito Ortiz and his girlfriend, former porn star Jenna Jameson. The Sleuth, a Washington Post political gossip blog, said that Sen. Specter had no knowledge of the tour and even less knowledge of Jameson’s legendary career. To read the full article, click here.

Make sure to be here at 11 PM EST when our live coverage of UFC 76: Knockout begins.

Tito Ortiz Out for Blood

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-09-19

By: Lyle Dillie

Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz of Ultimate Fighting Championship Fame traveled to Arizona recently in search of blood.

On Sept. 2, Ortiz, along with the United Blood Services (UBS) of Arizona, came to the Glendale Community College Student Union to encourage scores of Phoenix’s citizens to give blood to local hospitals and doctors through the Ultimate Blood Drive 2.

“I enjoy the opportunity to help save lives here in Arizona,” explained Ortiz. “I can be happy with myself every time I look in the mirror, because God put us here to help others.”

Last year Ortiz’s mother-in-law, Jeanette Nicely, asked him to help promote a new Arizona blood donor program for the Greater Phoenix Area.

The success of the first Ultimate Blood Drive quickly outgrew the Metro Center Mall venue. The newly completed GCC Student Union turned out to be perfect for a event this size.

“The holidays are the hardest time to get donors. Almost 700 donors are needed daily in Arizona alone,” says Sue Thew, marketing and communications director for UBS of Arizona. “On average Arizona needs eight donors every 15 minutes.”

Students came out in full force for this event as over 70 had pre-registered to give blood that day.

“I came mostly for Tito, but I am a regular blood donor,” said Tom Laughlin, a student here at GCC. “I am glad he came back to Phoenix. He is the Bad Boy.”

Ortiz helped bring in over 196 donations from GCC students as well as residents of the Greater Phoenix area.

Kevin Donley, technician at Arizona Public Services, stated while giving blood, “My wife and daughter are huge fans of the UFC. They told me about the blood drive and the chance to meet Tito Ortiz. I came to see Ortiz but I have always donated blood.”

There is plenty of opportunity to give blood this semester here at GCC.

The United Blood Services of Arizona will be sending out the Bloodmobile Sept. 26 and Nov. 29 to the GCC Central Mall on Campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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“USO AIRMAN OF THE YEAR” AWARD AT THE WORLD GALA

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-09-19

TITO ORTIZ TO PRESENT “USO AIRMAN OF THE YEAR” AWARD AT THE WORLD GALA HONORING MILITARY HEROES AND VOLUNTEERS IN D.C.

ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH

Huntington Beach, CA (September 19, 2007) – UFC Champion Tito Ortiz will attend the USO World Gala on Thursday, September 20th in Washington, D.C and will present the award to the “USO Airman of the Year.”

The gala starts with a reception at 6:30pm at the National Building Museum, 440 G. Street NW and is followed at 7:30pm by dinner, awards and entertainment.

Celebrating 66 years of service to military personnel and their families, the USO is honoring an enlisted hero representing each branch of the armed forces. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England will receive the “Spirit of the USO” award. Additionally, David Wilson will be named the first “USO Volunteer of the Year.”

A strong supporter of the U.S. military, Ortiz recently went on a USO tour of Iraq where he visited with troops on bases across the region. “I learned more than ever before how real this war is. I am not only rededicating myself to our troops, but plan to go on another tour later this year,” said Ortiz.

Tito will be accompanied at the gala festivities by his girlfriend, cultural icon Jenna Jameson. Other celebrity guests will include comedian/TV host Craig Ferguson, actor Wilmer Valderrama, comedian Jeff Ross and NFL hall of famer Willie Lanier and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Chris Matthews is the master of ceremonies.

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 heads a successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics.

TITO ORTIZ BIO

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-09-15

TITO ORTIZ – THE HUNTINGTON BEACH BAD BOY

Tito Ortiz is one of the most popular – and most controversial – martial arts competitors in the world. Born January 23, 1975 as Jacob C. Ortiz to a Mexican father and American mother, he had a rough and tumble childhood before coming under the tutelage of a legendary high school wrestling coach Paul Herrara. After placing fourth in the California State High School Championships, Ortiz went on to wrestle first in junior college and then while a student at Cal State Bakersfield.

In 1997, still in college and an amateur, Tito competed for no money in his first mixed martial arts bout, subduing his opponent in the first round with a barrage of punches. At 6’2” and 205 pounds, he quickly established a reputation as a scrappy and impudent competitor who grinds his opponents into total submission. He quickly adopted a policy of donning special t-shirts after each victory with insolent legends that insulted his opponents. Following a bruising fight against legendary UFC® competitor Guy Metzger, Ortiz wore a shirt that read “Gay Mezger Is My Bitch,” then raised an insulting finger gesture at a cluster of his opponent’s fans. These colorful deeds were to become his trademark, adding to his popularity but also engendering loathing by the fans of his opponents.

In 1999 Ortiz battled the super-aggressive Wanderlei (“The Axe Murderer”) Silva for the Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight title and went on to defend the belt five times in the following three years, defeating all contenders including his arch-rival, Ken (“Lion’s Den”) Shamrock. He then went on a hiatus from the UFC and became a part of the professional wrestling scene when he signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a guest referee and helped promote several celebrated championship matches.

Ortiz returned victoriously to UFC competition in April 2006 at age 31, boosting his reputation as both a colorful showman and talented athlete

Beyond Mixed Martial Arts

A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Ortiz is known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” In addition to his mixed martial arts career Ortiz has had roles in several feature films, most notably Cradle 2 the Grave and the controversial Turkish film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq. He also has appeared on the CBS TV series “NUMB3RS.”

His highly anticipated appearance on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” will air on NBC TV on January 3, 2008 at 9 PM. All of the winnings on the show will be donated to charity.

Ortiz is well known for his extensive charitable work especially for children in need and our U.S. troops. He visited Iraq for the first time this past summer and plans a second USO sponsored visit to Iraq this year just before the Christmas holiday. He is also frequently invited to speak at military bases across the country.

He heads his own successful sportswear firm Punishment Athletics Enterprises, Inc. (www.punishment.com). When he isn’t busy training for fights or preparing new collections, he represents the company at leading apparel trade shows.

Ortiz has also attracted public attention for his romantic relationship with adult crossover star Jenna Jameson. The Boston Herald called them “the new power couple.” Jenna has helped him by modeling for the Team Punishment clothing line, appearing in print ads with Ortiz looking very sexy in nothing but camouflage.

For further information about Tito Ortiz, please call Sarah Perkins, 212-687-1977 or email perkycomm@aol.com.

TITO ORTIZ AND KENDALL “DA SPYDER” GROVE TO APPEAR AT ASR TRADE SHOW

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-09-05

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTERS TITO ORTIZ AND KENDALL “DA SPYDER” GROVE TO APPEAR AT ASR TRADE SHOW IN SAN DIEGO TO PROMOTE PUNISHMENT ATHLETICS SPORTSWEAR ON SEPTEMBER 7-9

LOS ANGELES – (September 5, 2007) – Mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz will promote his successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics (www.punishment.com) with fellow Team Punishment fighter Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove at ASR, a three day trade show.

ASR will start Friday, September 7th and run until Sunday, September 9th at the San Diego Convention Center (111 West Harbor Drive / 619-525-5000). Punishment Athletics will be located at booth #3058 under the banner of “Built to Fight Industries.”

As a special treat for visitors to the booth, fan favorites Tito and Kendall will be at the booth throughout the show. Both will participate in a scheduled autograph signing from 3-5pm on Friday, September 7th.

For over 26 years the ASR event has united the action sports industry and lifestyle market, including the top retailers from surf, skate, snow and swim shops to worldwide fashion boutiques, stores and distributors.

Tito’s popular clothing line features an array of athletic wear, casual apparel, and accessories for men, women and children. His 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 and a supporter of our troops. He recently returned from visiting U.S. troops in Iraq and military hospitals in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Current projects include writing his autobiography for Simon Spotlight Entertainment (a division of Simon & Schuster) and training for a rematch fight with Rashad Evans later this year. The two fought to a draw in July.

Tito was recently named one of the two most influential UFC Fighters of All-Time (outranked only by the legendary Royce Gracie, who no longer fights). He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, along with numerous other news and sports outlets. His acting ability and charisma have earned him roles in several films and TV series, including an appearance on the CBS TV series “NUMB3RS.” According to MaxFighting, “Tito has stage presence, plain and simple. People pay attention to him whether it is to hear what he has to say or to say, ‘Here we go again.’”

ABOUT ASRASR, produced by Nielsen Business Media, is a full service trade show whose goal is to create, market and produce high quality trade shows and educational conferences. ASR is the leading action sports industry trade event, bringing together top manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of surf, skate, snow, swim, style, moto and youth culture. Now in its 26th successful year, ASR gathers over 500 action sports brands and approximately 7,000 retail buyers and decision makers three times a year, with Spring and Summer season shows in San Diego and ASR Holiday at Orange County Fair & Exposition Center. For additional information regarding ASR, please contact Lora Bodmer at Deep Communications by phone, 949.200.7134, email, lbodmer@wyoming.com, or check out www.asrbiz.com.

TITO ORTIZ HELPS TO SAVE LIVES WITH “ULTIMATE BLOOD DRIVE II” ON SEPTEMBER 2ND IN ARIZONA

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-08-30

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CHAMP TITO ORTIZ HELPS TO SAVE LIVES WITH “ULTIMATE BLOOD DRIVE II” ON SEPTEMBER 2ND IN ARIZONA

LOS ANGELES – (August 30, 2007) – Mixed martial arts champ Tito Ortiz will be the host of the United Blood Services “Ultimate Blood Drive II” on Sunday, September 2nd in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. The blood drive will start at 9AM PT and run until 4PM PT at Glendale Community College (6000 W. Olive, Glendale, AZ 85302).

A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Ortiz is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” but this “bad boy for life” spends much of his time and energies on charitable activities. All donors will receive an autographed photo of Ortiz and all will be entered into a raffle to win apparel from Tito’s successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics (www.punishment.com), and a limited edition lithograph picture. One lucky participant will be chosen as winner of a “Special Lunch with Tito.” Tito will be also available for a meet-and-greet session with donors throughout the event.

“At the online blood drive we sponsored last year over 200 people signed up to donate, which helped to save over 440 lives. More than half were first time donors,” said Ortiz. “This year, I hope that by holding a live event, we’ll get a lot more interested. Only one in twenty people regularly give blood and if I can encourage more people to come down and donate, I have to do so. Some fans look up to me as a hero, but here’s a chance for everyone who can, to be real heroes and save lives.”

Only attendees with valid ID can donate blood. Interested donors can log onto www.bloodhero.com and enter the sponsor code “tito” or call 877-448-GIVE (4483).

Ortiz is also a passionate supporter of U.S. soldiers. He recently traveled to the Persian Gulf under the sponsorship of the USO to meet with troops on duty there. Additionally, he spends time giving motivational talks to high school students and works with teen groups.

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. He is admired as both a colorful showman and talented athlete. Tito’s acting ability and charisma have earned him roles in several films and TV series. Most recently he made an appearance on the CBS TV series “NUMB3RS.” For more information, visit www.titoortiz.com.

“MAGIC” SHOW

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-08-27

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTER TITO ORTIZ AND ADULT FILM ICON JENNA JAMESON TO APPEAR AT “MAGIC” SHOW TO PROMOTE PUNISHMENT ATHLETICS STARTING AUGUST 27TH

Fellow ‘Team Punishment’ Fighter Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove To Also Appear

LOS ANGELES – (August 21, 2007) – Mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz will be joined by girlfriend and adult film icon Jenna Jameson to promote his successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics (www.punishment.com). The pair, along with Team Punishment fighter Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove, will be special guests at MAGIC, the largest men’s apparel and accessory trade event in the United States.

The four-day show will start Monday, August 27th and run until Thursday, August 30th at the Las Vegas Convention Center (3150 Paradise Road / 702-892-0711). Punishment Athletics will be located on the First Level / South Hall of the convention center at Streetwear booth #20425.

As a special treat for visitors to the Punishment Athletics booth, fan favorite Kendall Grove will sign autographs from 3-5pm on Monday, August 27th. Tito and Jenna will be available in a joint autograph signing from 3-5pm on Tuesday, August 28th.

The popular clothing line features an array of athletic wear, casual apparel, and accessories for men, women and children. A first for Punishment Athletics, the show exposes the brand to a global audience of buyers and over seventy years of fashion market history. MAGIC allows an insider’s view of upcoming trends and news in the fashion industry.

Tito, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champ, is admired as both a colorful showman and talented athlete. He recently returned from visiting U.S. troops in Iraq and military hospitals in Washington. Current projects include writing his autobiography for Simon Spotlight Entertainment (a division of Simon & Schuster) and training for a rematch fight with Rashad Evans later this year. The two fought to a draw in July. For more information, visit www.titoortiz.com.

THE BRAND, THE BUSINESS AND THE INSPIRATION TO KIDS AND TO OUR TROOPS

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-08-15

TITO ORTIZ – THE HUNTINGTON BEACH BAD BOY – THE BRAND, THE BUSINESS AND THE INSPIRATION TO KIDS AND TO OUR TROOPS

Tito Ortiz is one of the most recognized and colorful mixed martial arts competitors in the world. He is one of the reigning monarchs of Ultimate Fighting Championship and has achieved the kind of celebrity status that causes a stir when he enters a restaurant or walks down an airport corridor. Tito’s name on a UFC fight card is a Pay-Per-View fan magnet, and his passionate commitment to winning guarantees viewers will watch it from start to finish. He was recently named one of the two most influential UFC Fighters of All Time (outranked only by the legendary Royce Gracie, who no longer fights).

At 6’2” and 205 pounds and known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito has a reputation as a feisty competitor who grinds his opponents in the Octagon fight cage into total submission. His celebrity status comes both from his fighting ability and his attitude at fights – fans can’t wait to see what new, brazen t-shirt he’ll don after a victory. It’s all part of the show – PPV fights that attract up to 10-million viewers.

His determination to overcome his background and life are inspirational. The son of drug addicted parents, Tito never knew what the day held for him as a child. His home shifted constantly between motels, garages and even less comfortable abodes. He found his way into a Southern California youth gang and felt he was heading in one of two directions – jail or death. In high school, with Hulk Hogan as his hero, Tito tried out for the wrestling team. The coach saw something in Tito that no one else had up to then and it became a life-changing relationship. The coach became Tito’s mentor and surrogate Dad. He not only taught him to be a great wrestler, but how to believe in himself. He helped Tito get financial assistance; encouraged him to apply to college and even helped him apply for scholarships. It’s no wonder that while in college his goal was to be a high school wrestling coach himself and also work with special education kids.

After graduating from Golden West College and attending Cal State Bakersfield Tito applied to the UFC and was accepted. Within a year and one-half he was the new light heavyweight champion.

Today, Tito is a soft spoken and humble guy with undeniable charisma. Next year his fans will be able to read his life story in a book to be published by Simon & Schuster. He is in demand as a motivational speaker and is as comfortable before corporate groups of 3,000+ as he is before a room full of high school students. He hopes to build a training camp for troubled youth and wants to continue to work with inner city teens, possibly even to help them the way his coach helped him.

Tito has broadened his career horizons beyond mixed martial arts. His website (www.titoortiz.com) is one of the most popular for fighters of any kind. He’s had roles in several feature films; most notably Cradle 2 the Grave and the controversial Turkish film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq. He also recently appeared on the CBS TV series “NUMB3RS.” He is a successful entrepeneur with his sportswear company Punishment Athletics (www.punishment.com). His best-selling Team Punishment 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.

Ortiz has also attracted public attention for his romantic relationship with adult crossover star Jenna Jameson. The Boston Herald calls them “the new power couple.” Jenna has helped him by modeling for the Team Punishment clothing line, appearing in print ads with Ortiz.

TITO – ON HIS CELEBRITY STATUS

Belying his intense behavior in the Octagon, Tito Ortiz in everyday life is a guy who is in awe of his own pop idol status. “I was going on a walk today down Big Bear Boulevard and about 10 cars stopped with the drivers screaming at me,” he told an interviewer recently. “I go into a store or a restaurant and I get noticed. Sometimes I don’t even realize that I’m on TV so much. It’s cool and I don’t mind people coming up to me. But it’s mind boggling to realize how many people watch the UFC. There are kids, young men, women and men in their 50s and 60s who walk by me and give me a wink and say, ‘Great job on Shamrock.’ The fans have really adapted to the sport because the sport is really fan friendly with amazing action.”

TITO ORTIZ –BRINGING AUDIENCE TO THE UFC AND AND BUILDING HIS OWN FAN BASE

Ultimate Fighting Championship matches draw huge audiences, in part because fight promoters have responded to critics and have cleaned up the sport, adding rules (no biting, groin hits, etc.), rounds, weight classes and paramedics outside the Octagon. The sport now attracts audiences interested in boxing, wrestling and martial arts fans. Because of its popularity, new safety regulations and stricter rules, UFC competitions are now sanctioned in more states and provinces.

Tito’s UFC match last fall with Ken Shamrock on Spike TV drew higher ratings from the coveted 18- to 34-year-old male demographic than a major-league baseball playoff game during the same time slot. Even a reality show about would-be mixed martial arts fighters in training regularly pulls an audience of more than two million viewers.

In addition to its popularity on PPV, the sport has its own radio networks, magazines and websites.

Tito Ortiz is one of the UFC’s great marketing assets. As he told an interviewer at BoxingTalk.com: “I’m doing my job by expressing how great the sport is. I’m a fan of the sport, as well as a competitor. I’m always making sure people see the positive side because there really isn’t that much negative about it. You watch a boxing match and you see someone getting punched in the head for 12 rounds, I’ve never been punched in the head 200 times in a UFC fight. We are athletes. We compete in an Octagon where there is a set of rules that we have to abide by. I think people should get more educated on the sport before they knock it.”

TITO – ON HIS YOUNGER FANS, AND WHY THE TROOPS LOVE HIM

Kids are among Tito’s most fervent fans. His personal story – growing up in the underground of gritty California towns and achieving success with dignity – is inspirational and motivating. “From the very beginning I tell kids that if you set your dreams high and if you’re willing to sacrifice and work hard, you can achieve anything that you want to. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a lot to get a little. There are no short cuts, you have to work hard and when you work hard you will feel that sense of fulfillment. I do a lot of speaking at high schools, I’ve visited Camp Pendleton and other bases and I’m a huge supporter of our men and women in uniform. If it wasn’t for the United States troops we wouldn’t have the freedom that we enjoy. It’s nice not to walk down the street worrying about someone throwing a grenade under a car, or something crazy happening. We enjoy that luxury because of our armed men and women protecting us every single day. My visit with soldiers in Iraq this summer was a totally great experience.”

Quotes 1, 2 & 3 from MaxFighting: The Top 10 Most Influential UFC Fighters of All-Time

Contact: Sara Perkins / perkycomm@aol.com

TITO ORTIZ RETURNS FROM VISITING U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ ON USO TOUR

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-08-13

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTING FAVORITE TITO ORTIZ RETURNS FROM VISITING U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ ON USO TOUR; BEGINS WORK ON AUTOBIOGRAPHY FOR SIMON & SCHUSTER

LOS ANGELES – (August 13, 2007) – Tito Ortiz, the colorful mixed martial arts fighter, begins work on his autobiography for Simon Spotlight Entertainment (a division of Simon & Schuster) this week following his return from visiting with U.S. troops in Iraq and military hospitals in Washington. His tour was sponsored by the USO.

“I was really shaken up after my visit with the wounded soldiers at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army Hospital,” Ortiz said upon his return. “It really hurt me in my heart seeing these guys missing limbs and suffering from brain damage, but their spirit is amazing and it was great seeing their parents and families there supporting them 100%.”

Ortiz, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champ, flew from Washington to Kuwait in the Persian Gulf with fellow fighter Justin McCully. They were then flown by plane to Camp Liberty in Baghdad later and by Black Hawk helicopter to the Army base in Tajif. Altogether they met with an estimated 3,000 officers and enlisted personnel, signing autographs, posing for photos and chatting individually with soldiers.

“It was obvious that our visit provided a big morale boost for the soldiers in Tajif,” Ortiz said. “They had recently lost some buddies and we spent a lot of time talking with them and telling them how much we appreciated their effort. We shook hands with everybody and by the time we left I think the mood changed, as there were lots of smiles. It’s unbelievable how much the guys appreciated the visit.”

Back in Baghdad, Ortiz met a long-time fan who had painted the fighter’s own slogan across his barracks wall: “With Great Sacrifice Comes Great Reward.” At another barracks the entire squad signed an American flag and asked him to carry it into the octagonal the next time he fights. “I definitely will,” Ortiz said.

“You know, we here at home live our daily lives, go to work, go to restaurants and don’t have a care in the world, but these soldiers are over there with guns strapped to their sides 24/7 and it is surreal to see that this is normal to them,” said Oritz. “Some are on their fourth and fifth campaigns out there and they are still willing to go back. I learned more than ever before how real this war is. I’ll go back again at any time. My goal now is to rededicate myself to our troops.”

Many of the soldiers they met sent mails after meeting the fighters. A typical one, from an Army captain, said, “It was a true pleasure meeting both Tito and Justin. It’s nice seeing true patriots taking personal time off of their schedule to give back to people who really enjoy what they do as a profession.”

Along with beginning work on the autobiography, Ortiz has also begun training for a rematch fight with Rashad Evans later this year. The two fought to a draw in July.

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 heads a successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics.

About the USOFor more than 66 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems North America, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, DRS Technologies, Inc., Military Channel, S & K Sales Co., TriWest Healthcare Alliance and The Walt Disney Company. Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at www.uso.org.