Tito Ortiz Hall-of-Fame induction set for 'mid-day' at UFC Fan Expo on July 7

Tito_medium

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.

For more on Tito's Hall-of-Fame induction click here.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker