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Ortiz walked into the Octagon in 1997, he did so with
game-changing skills and the hubris to match. It was not long
before he emerged as one of the sport’s first true superstars.
Ortiz laid claim to the
Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title in his
seventh professional bout, lorded over the division for more than
three years and ignited some of MMA’s most memorable rivalries.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” fought exclusively for the company
from 1999 until 2012, at which point he was inducted into the
pioneer wing of the UFC Hall of Fame. Ortiz has since continued his
exploits inside Bellator
MMA, Golden Boy Promotions and Combate
Americas, all while enjoying an unlikely late-career
resurgence. He last competed in December, when he submitted former
World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Alberto
Rodriguez with a rear-naked choke.
With Ortiz’s next move uncertain, here are some of the numbers that
have come to define him:
45: Years of age. Ortiz was born on Jan. 23, 1975
in Huntington Beach, California.
8: Takedowns landed against Frank
Shamrock in their memorable UFC 22 encounter. It remains a
career-high for Ortiz, who lost to Shamrock by fourth-round
technical knockout in his first bid to capture the light
3: Sub-minute finishes on his resume. Ortiz put
Albritton with punches in 31 seconds on May 30, 1997, kneed
Screeton into submission in 16 seconds on Dec. 8, 1998 and
knocked out Evan Tanner
with a slam in 32 seconds on Feb. 23, 2001.
5: Submission victories to his credit. Ortiz’s
methods of choice: two rear-naked chokes, one neck crank, one
guillotine choke and one arm-triangle choke.
1,260: Days as UFC light heavyweight champion.
Ortiz held the title from April 14, 2000 to June 6, 2003 and
successfully defended it on five different occasions, defeating
Kondo, Evan Tanner,
Matyushenko and Ken
7: Wins over former UFC, Bellator and
Pride Fighting Championships titleholders, accounting for
one-third of his career total. Ortiz has defeated Tanner, Chuck
Shlemenko, Ryan Bader,
Belfort and Wanderlei
27: Appearances in the UFC, tying him with
Alves, Joe Lauzon and
for 11th on the organization’s all-time list. Only Donald
Cerrone (34), Jim Miller
(34), Demian Maia
Stephens (32), Diego
Sanchez (31), Andrei
Arlovski (31), Michael
Bisping (29), Rafael dos
Anjos (29), Gleison
Tibau (28) and Clay Guida
(28) have more.
1,241: Total strikes landed inside the
Octagon—second-most in UFC light heavyweight history. Ortiz trails
52: Rounds completed as a professional mixed
martial artist. Ortiz has gone the distance 12 times in 34 career
bouts and fought five full rounds on three occasions.
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