Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has officially announced the Hall-of-Fame induction ceremony for its longest-reigning Light Heavyweight Champion of all time as Tito Ortiz becomes the ninth mixed martial artist to be inducted when he's honored "mid-day" on July 7, 2012 at the UFC Fan Expo inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ortiz, who competes for the last time inside the Octagon against Forrest Griffin at the UFC 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event later that night, joins Matt Hughes, Charles ‘Mask' Lewis, Mark Coleman, Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture in the "pantheon of Octagon immortals."
"The People's Champion" emotes in today's release:
"It is a huge honor to be recognized as one of the greatest fighters of all time by the UFC. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is final proof that all the hard work and dedication, all the pain and sacrifices, were all worth it. To be able to walk to the Octagon one last time as an official UFC Hall of Fame level fighter is going to be humbling and awesome. I'm very grateful to have this opportunity to end my career on such a high like this."
Ortiz (16-10) has struggled after a brilliant start to his career, going 1-6-1 over his last eight fights. He was previously seen getting finished off by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the first round of their bout at UFC 140 back in December 2011.
After the jump, Ortiz defines his legacy and still considers himself one of the top ten fighters in the world at 205-pounds.
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