Archive for July, 2008

“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.

Tito Ortiz to Visit Troops on USO Tour to Persian Gulf

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-07-25

Former Light Heavyweight UFC Champion Tito Ortiz to Visit Troops on USO Tour to Persian Gulf

ARLINGTON, Va. – Mixed martial arts champion Tito Ortiz, also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” and Justin McCully, a member of Ortiz’ Team Punishment fight camp, will soon kick off their USO/Multi National Corps – Iraq entertainment tour with a trip to the Washington Metropolitan area. Ortiz and McCully will visit with wounded service members at both the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Following their visit, they will depart for the Persian Gulf to meet with service members and sign autographs.

A strong supporter of the U.S. military, Ortiz recently delivered a speech at an Armed Forces Day ceremony in California and met with soldiers of the California National Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Adamant on expressing his thanks, Ortiz also greeted families of fallen soldiers as well as families with loved ones on active duty.

“I am tremendously excited about going overseas with the USO,” says Ortiz. “The men and women on duty in the Persian Gulf are literally on the front lines and I’ll do whatever I can to show them how much their service means to everyone back home.”

A talented fighter and colorful showman, Ortiz began his martial arts career as a wrestler in high school and is now a highly regarded athlete who headlines Pay Per View championship fights. Appearing on the covers of such magazines as “Black Belt” and “Ultimate Grappling,” he has also been profiled in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated and other news outlets. Ortiz heads a successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics (www.punishment.com), and has starred in several feature films and television series.

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 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

The USO is the way for Americans to support their troops. The USO provides a bridge to home for the U.S. military, providing them and their families with entertainment and communication services that improve their lives and boost morale. In 2006, celebrity entertainers traveled more than two million miles on USO tours in 26 countries and 13 states, entertaining more than 184,000 service men and women and their families.

AT&T, Inc. is the official telecommunications sponsor of USO entertainment tours. For a list of recent and upcoming USO tours, visit http://www.uso.org/whatwedo/entertainment/. To find out how to support the troops, visit www.uso.org.

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About the USO

For 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.

TITO ORTIZ HEADS TO PERSIAN GULF FOR USO TO MEET WITH U.S. TROOPS

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-06-26

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTER TITO ORTIZ HEADS TO PERSIAN GULF FOR USO TO MEET WITH U.S. TROOPS

LOS ANGELES – (June 26, 2007) – Mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz will travel to the Persian Gulf this summer to meet with U.S. troops on duty there under the sponsorship of the USO.

The trip is the latest show of support for the troops by Ortiz, former Light-Heavyweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) circuit who will fight a highly promoted bout with Rashad Evans on July 7th at the Arco Arena in California (UFC® 73: Stacked).

Ortiz will travel to the Gulf with fellow “Team Punishment” fighter Justin McCully. Posters announcing the fight will go up soon at selected bases in the region.

“I think showing support for our troops is one of the most important things we as Americans can do,” said Ortiz. “I am tremendously excited about going to the Persian Gulf with the USO. The men and women on duty there are literally on the front lines and I’ll do whatever I can to show them how much their service means to us back home.”

Most recently Ortiz was a special guest at an Armed Forces Day program on May 19th at the Banning Armory in California. He spoke at a ceremony and took part in a meet-and-greet session with soldiers from the California National Guard, PASS, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and others to honor active duty military personnel and “Blue Star” families (i.e. those with a loved one on active duty) and “Gold Star” mothers and families of soldiers who have given their lives in defense of freedom.

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. Most recently he made an appearance on the CBS TV series “NUMB3RS.” He also donates substantial time to charitable work, makes appearances to support the U.S. troops and heads a successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics (www.punishment.com).

For more information, visit www.titoortiz.com and www.uso.org.

TITO ORTIZ TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT ARMED FORCES DAY EVENT AT FORT BANNING ARMORY ON SATURDAY, MAY 19TH 2007

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-05-19

MMA CHAMP TITO ORTIZ TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT ARMED FORCES DAY EVENT AT FORT BANNING ARMORY ON SATURDAY, MAY 19TH 2007

Mr. Ortiz Will Honor Our Troops at California National Guard Banning Armory and PASS (Pass Area Supporting Soldiers) Event

Huntington Beach, CA – (April 30, 2007) – Tito Ortiz, the mixed martial arts champion, who is an ardent supporter of our troops, will be a special guest at an Armed Forces Day program on Saturday, May 19th at the Banning Armory (99 E. Ramsey St.) in Banning, California.

Mr. Ortiz will speak at a ceremony and take part in a meet-and-greet session with the soldiers. He will join members of the California National Guard, PASS, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and others to honor active duty military personnel and “Blue Star” families (i.e. those with a loved one on active duty) and “Gold Star” mothers and families of soldiers who have given their lives in defense of our freedom.

The open-to-the-public program starts at 9AM PT and California Assemblyman Paul Cook ® District 65, will be the guest speaker. Assemblyman Cook is a retired U.S. Marine Colonel.

“It is a privilege for me to be invited to this event,” said Mr. Ortiz. “I try to support our troops in any way I can and will continue to do so. Whatever I do, however, doesn’t even come close to what our guard and other soldiers do for us every day. My heart is always with the families of those who serve our country and especially with those whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

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. Most recently he make an appearance on the CBS TV series “NUMB3RS.” He also donates substantial time to charitable work, makes appearances to support the U.S. troops and heads a successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics.

Tito Ortiz to Embark on Second USO Entertainment Tour to Persian Gulf

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-05-06

‘Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ Tito Ortiz to Embark on Second USO Entertainment Tour to Persian Gulf

ARLINGTON, Va. – 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.

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AT&T, Inc. is the official telecommunications sponsor of USO entertainment tours. For a list of recent and upcoming USO tours, visit http://www.uso.org/whatwedo/entertainment/. To find out how to support the troops, visit www.uso.org.

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About the USO

For 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., S & K Sales Co. and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. 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.

PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL’S “50 MOST BEAUTIFUL” ISSUE

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-05-01

MMA CHAMP TITO ORTIZ MAKES PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL’S “50 MOST BEAUTIFUL” ISSUE

Tito Ortiz: A Knockout in Issue Showcasing the Hottest Hispanic Stars of 2007

LOS ANGELES – (May 1, 2007) – Mixed Martial Arts Champ Tito Ortiz has been selected as one of the “50 Most Beautiful” Hispanic celebrities by People En Español. He will be featured in the magazine hitting newsstands on Tuesday May 1st and will also be appearing in its “50 Most Beautiful” TV special, which airs at 9:00 pm on Tuesday, May 19th on Telemundo. Tito Ortiz is the only mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete to be in the issue.

“I am proud of my heritage and thrilled to have a large following of Hispanic fans, so I am honored to be sharing the issue with so many wonderful members of the Latino community,” said Mr. Ortiz. “Being selected and being photographed for the issue and then taped for the TV special was a terrific experience for me.”

Jacob “Tito” Ortiz is a legendary and controversial 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 has headlined PPV championship events and has appeared on the covers of dozens of magazines.

A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Ortiz is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy”- admired as both a colorful showman and talented athlete. His acting ability and charisma have earned him roles in several films and TV series, most recently an appearance on the CBS series “NUMB3RS.” He also donates substantial time to charitable work, makes appearances to support the U.S troops and heads a successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics, (www.punishmentathletics.com.) For more information on Tito Ortiz visit www.titoortiz.com.

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 Championship 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 Huntington 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 regarded as a colorful showman, talented athlete and successful business executive who heads sportswear company Punishment Athletics.

TITO ORTIZ AND PUNISHMENT ATHLETICS TO HOST AUTOGRAPH SIGNING WITH TOP FIGHTERS

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-04-28

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CHAMP TITO ORTIZ AND PUNISHMENT ATHLETICS TO HOST AUTOGRAPH SIGNING WITH TOP FIGHTERS

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WHO: Mixed martial arts champ Tito Ortiz and Punishment Athletics will be joined by top fighters, Josh Burkman, Tiki Ghosn, Kendall Grove, Melvin Guillard, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Martin Kampmann, Dean Lister, Chris Lytle, “Razor” Rob McCullough, Justin McCully, Jake O’Brien, Mike Pyle, Hector Ramirez, Joe Riggs, Ivan Salaverry, Saul Solis and Erin Toughill.

WHAT: “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” will host the autograph signing in his hometown and provide a photo opportunity and meet & greet for fans. Fellow “Team Punishment” fighters and other fan favorites are scheduled to appear.

The popular Punishment Athletics clothing line, which includes t-shirts, hats and other apparel, will be available for purchase. Giveaways and prizes will be distributed throughout the event.

WHERE: The HB Ultimate Training Center is located at 19400 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648 / 714-593-9335.

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, from 2 PM – 5 PM.

CONTACT: For press, contact Sarah Perkins at perkycomm@aol.com or call 800-762-4761. For more information on the event contact sales@punishmentathletics.com or visit www.punishmentathletics.com.

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 Championship 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 Huntington 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. Visit www.titoortiz.com for more info.

“DANA WHITE HAS ONCE AGAIN TAKEN THE LOW ROAD…” SAYS TITO ORTIZ

Saturday, July 26th, 2008
2007-04-16

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 16, 2007

“DANA WHITE HAS ONCE AGAIN TAKEN THE LOW ROAD…” SAYS TITO ORTIZ

UFC Fighter Says UFC President “Disrespects All Fighters,” by his Attitude

Statement from Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Tito Ortiz about accusations by Dana White, UFC President on Spike TV Thursday, April 12, 2007:

“Dana White has once again taken the low road and decided to try to damage my reputation and credibility in a public forum. During an appearance on Spike TV on April 12th White accused me of failure to show up for a fight we had originally scheduled for March 24th. He did so at the end of the program and gave me no opportunity to respond or tell the real story, which is simply this: White was fully informed well in advance of March 24th that I would not fight without a contract, which White refused to sign.

Fighting is my livelihood and jeopardizing my body without a full understanding of conditions, doesn’t make any sense. No professional fighter will go into a risky match without a contract.

I’ve struggled to get respect and dignity for my profession and I do it in the way I lead my life as a fighter and as a human being. Dana’s attitude not only disrespects me, but all fighters. I am taking this stand just not for this one incident, but for all future champions.

I want to reiterate: I am ready to settle my differences with Dana White in any fighting forum we can agree on, but only if there is a signed contract that stipulates where the money is going, whether it is to charity or to the fighters doesn’t matter as much as having a definitive agreement.

Until Dana White is ready to fight me on a professional basis, I strongly urge him to keep his mouth shut.”

For more information or interviews with Tito Ortiz, contact: Sara Perkins-Tito Ortiz Press Office-212-687-1977 or perkycomm@aol.com.

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 Championship 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 Huntington 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 regarded as a colorful showman, talented athlete and successful business executive who heads sportswear company Punishment Athletics.