Chances are that if you’ve followed mixed martial arts for any amount of time, you have at least a passing knowledge of who Tito Ortiz is. The guy rocking the flame licking trunks and the bleach-blond hair, who shows up on old UFC highlight videos body slamming Evan Tanner and getting wrecked by Chuck Liddell. Maybe you caught chapters of his late career renaissance, getting revenge against a geriatric “Ice Man” under the auspices of the short-lived Golden Boy MMA banner, or submitting a loquacious Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 after catching repeated “Ls” at the pre-fight press conference.
It’s been seven and a half years and two comebacks since Ortiz left the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the promotion he helped bring out of the dark ages in the early 2000s courtesy of feuds with Ken Shamrock, Randy Couture and Liddell. But even as the gaffe-prone Ortiz has morphed more and more into a caricature — the bumbling, big-headed staple of the Borrachinha Depot twitter page — he remains at the top of the marquee and the MMA media cycle. After posting a 1-7-1 record in the final chapter of his UFC career, he’s made an unlikely resurgence and managed to piece together four wins with only one defeat; this weekend he’ll aim to stretch it to 5-1 at the Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
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