UFC vet Tito Ortiz joins developmental league to bring 'credibility' to amateur MMA

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Tito Ortiz celebrates following his fight against Forrest Griffin during a light heavyweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ortiz retired following his loss. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Retirement is for wimps!

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz is getting back into the fight game as part of the brains (and brawn) behind Fight Club MMA "Rising Stars" next month (Oct. 6, 2012) at The Hangar from the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.

Joining him will be longtime promoter Roy Englebrecht.

The amateur fight series, according to "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," is designed to groom up-and-coming fighters for a career inside the Octagon. Think Ultimate Fighter (TUF) without the cameras and nut-butter.

Ortiz elaborates (via Sherdog.com) after the jump.

"I have always wanted to develop talent and make a positive influence, from the days of wanting to be a wrestling coach to coaching on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.' I know what it takes to help scout these kids and take them to the next level. Along with my partner, entertainment and sports attorney George Prajin, we have teamed up with Roy to build a developmental league to the pros. We want to give credibility to the amateur division and rank the fighters, kind of like the Golden Gloves has done for boxing."

Ortiz recently started Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management Inc., a sports-management agency in Huntington Beach, alongside attorney George Prajin, representing fighters and athletes, in addition to entertainment artists.

"The People's Champion" retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) following a unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin, when the two rivals squared off in a third and final fight at UFC 148 earlier this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be using his experience to try to legitimize the amateur fight scene.

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