Archive for July, 2008

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.

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.