Archive for July, 2008

Punishment at Shrine Auditorium April 19th

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2008-04-01

APRIL 19th-Booth #106 Fight Night at The Shrine: Be Sure to Get Your tickets now. Stop by, say hello and get your Punishment gear at this great event. Tickets 213-480-3232 www.ticketmaster.com or www.shrineauditorium.com

Tito Ortiz the eighth ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ candidate fired

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2008-02-29

Tito Ortiz can lift a lot of weight but was unable to carry the burden of being project manager for the designated task, and the mixed-martial arts fighter became the eighth candidate fired by Donald Trump during last night’s The Celebrity Apprentice broadcast on NBC.

“I had fun. I really wouldn’t take back anything,” said Tito after he was given the boot. “I think the only thing I’ll regret is maybe I should have worked a little harder. I met some great people on this show, and it was nice to work with Mr. Trump. So in the long-run, watch me in the octagon kick some ass!”

The Celebrity Apprentice’s ninth episode began with the seven remaining candidates meeting Trump, Ivanka and advisor George Ross at New York City’s Hearst Tower.
For their next task, Team Empresario and Team Hydra would each have to create a four-page advertorial in Redbook Magazine for Dial soap’s newest product. The team’s would be judged by both Dial executives and Redbook’s editor based on creativity, integration of the brand and overall message content. Each team would receive a photographer and studio for their shoot.

Hydra chose supermodel Carol Alt as their project manager. While The Apprentice first-season contestant and reality show retread Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth nominated herself for the position with Hydra if nobody else would take it, Tito decided he’d accept the role. The task’s winning project manager would receive $20,000 for their charity, however Trump also warned there was risk involved.

“I only caution you, project manager’s have a pretty good chance of being fired, although in this particular [season], that hasn’t happened very much,” explained The Donald. “Project managers… you really are on the line.”

Hydra — consisting of Carol, America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan and professional boxer Lennox Lewis — were the first to meet with the Dial and Redbook executives. Piers immediately questioned on how racy the advertorial could be, and while the executives said there was no specific line, taste and good judgement were important.

Carol wanted to do something “simple, sexy and beautiful,” and the team decided on telling the story of a woman who uses Dial at different moments throughout her day.

Empresario — consisting of Tito, Omarosa, actor Stephen Baldwin and country star Trace Adkins — then met with the executives and learned that Redbook’s audience includes a lot of country music fans. Stephen immediately envisioned Trace in a bathtub wearing nothing but cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and his guitar.

As Hydra worked out the details of their shoot, Piers didn’t like that all of the female models provided for the team were younger since Redbook’s core demographic is middle-aged to older women. He suggested Carol be the model for their advertorial, and she was initially hesitant.

“I was totally against it,” said Carol. “Donald said, ‘The project manager will most likely be fired.’ I didn’t want modeling to interfere with my leadership.”

Piers thought it was “ridiculous” that Carol wouldn’t step up and warned her that if they lost the task without her starring in the advertorial, it would be on her head anyway.

“I just needed you to convince me,” she told Piers. “I’ve got to say I rose to the challenge.”

With Lennox working as director Hydra’s shoot commenced, and frames included Carol holding a baby and relaxing in the bath tub. The last shot was the risky one, with Carol in bed having her shoulder nibbled on by a male model.

“It’s a bit of suggestion that Redbook girls like to have sex,” said Piers. “Not a problem at all.”

In Empresario’s studio, Omarosa noticed that Tito needed a lot of help as the project manager and commented how Stephen was really “driving the ship.” As their shoot began, it became quite clear Omarosa was right and Stephen really was running the show.

Since the advertorial was for Redbook and Stephen had been largely utilizing a topless girl in a cowboy hat, Omarosa suggested they try using the male models — and Trace — shirtless. Stephen and Tito seemed to initially like the idea, and they went forward with it despite Trace being reluctant to remove his shirt.

However once the shots were taken, Stephen began to reconsider the idea of including them in the spread.

“It’s the type of shots that the Redbook reader wants to see,” said Omarosa. “Every woman in that room swooned as soon as he took his shirt off and stepped up there to pose.”

Stephen called it a “risk” and said he’d rather “play it safe.” Tito was having a hard time handling the “bossy” Omarosa and “overbearing” Stephen.

“I have the last say no matter what,” said Tito. “I am project manager. The last call is mine.”

Hydra then presented their advertorial to The Donald and the executives. As always, Piers made a smooth pitch as the team’s frontman and the executives seemed to like the spread, even with the shot of the male model biting Carol’s shoulder as the closer.

Empresario also gave their presentation, and Tito struggled when he was describing the content of their message. In addition, Empresario went against using the shirtless photo of Trace, instead using one where he had his clothes on and was playing guitar to a woman in a bath tub.

“If we lose, the responsibility will fall on Tito,” said Omarosa. “The project manager just completely did not deliver.”

The executive told Trump that Hydra’s message was “very warm” and sensual, but not “over the top” sensual. One of the executives disagreed, calling it a “little provocative” and “unnecessary.” While the executives thought Empresario’s photographs and layout were “beautiful,” they added the overall message was not consistent.

The two teams then gathered for The Celebrity Apprentice’s ninth boardroom, where Trump was flanked by George and Ivanka.

While Tito said he thought Empresario did “very well,” Trump quickly pointed out Tito “looked very nervous” during the presentation. Carol told The Donald she was “very confident” in Hydra’s presentation before Trump reiterated his warning about the project manager being liable.

“I would rather be fired for standing up to a challenge than running away from one,” answered Carol.

“That’s a good line of crap,” said Trump.

“If it was crap I wouldn’t of stood up,” she replied.

Trump then questioned the decision about including the racy photo, adding he was “really surprised” to see it. He then showed the teams each other’s campaigns. Tito revealed the nature of Empresario’s unused shot of Trace and explained why they decided against including it.

“I think it was going a little risky for that type of magazine,” he said, although Omarosa disagreed.

Piers called Empresario’s ad “boring, amateurish and does not hit the right demographic.” As a former newspaper editor, Piers also bashed Stephen’s editorial decisions and use of small print font.

Trump said he liked both campaigns — but the executives thought Hydra’s was “fantastic” — meaning they won the task. Hydra was then sent to the War Room.

Tito told Trump how Omarosa initially wanted to be the task’s project manager until the rest of team “pushed” the role on him. The two bickered about it, and Omarosa said she “surrendered” to Tito’s decision. George wondered why Omarosa didn’t step up due to her marketing background. She said that she didn’t want to be “bogged down” as project manager and instead wanted to focus on other areas.

“The first thing I did with Tito was sit him down and help him understand the background positioning for Redbook,” explained Omarosa. “There was no concept.”

“Who’s fault is it that there was no concept,” asked Trump.

Omarosa singled out Tito and Stephen, calling the Baldwin brother “technically the project manager.”

“We made a call conceptually, we were wrong,” said Stephen.

Trace stuck-up for Omarosa since she made suggestions “nobody listened to” and said Tito was responsible since he let Stephen take charge. Tito then called Stephen “overbearing.” Omarosa reiterated her “edgy” shot of Trace wasn’t used, and Trump asked why.

“Stephen pretty much shot that down because he said it’s too risky,” said Tito.

“But you’re the project manager,” said Trump.

Omarosa said she’d fire Tito even though he initially included the Trace shot in the layout until Stephen adamantly asked it be removed. Trump said he wasn’t going to exonerate anybody, but was curious who Tito would choose. Tito said Omarosa since she worked the hardest.

“I think it’s so amazing that you said that Omarosa shouldn’t be fired — and probably she shouldn’t be,” said The Donald. “Trace came through for you unbelievably and I was really surprised… That leaves Tito and Stephen. Tito — as much as it pains me — I told you the project manager’s neck was on the line. So Tito, you’re fired.”

“Sir it’s been an honor to work for you,” said Tito.

Trump then gave Tito $50,000 for his charity, St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Tito supports High School Wrestling Teams

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2008-02-14
Here is a picture of one of the High School Wrestling Teams that Tito supports. Here is a quote from the coach. “Thanks to Tito and Punishment Athletics in the support of our program. He sets a great example both in and out of the octagon in teaching our kids to give back”.
Matt Corona Head Wrestling Coach Piedmont Hills HS San Jose, Ca

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.