Bellator's Tito Ortiz pleads 'no contest,' sentenced to 36 months probation for DUI

Ethan Miller

In addition, the former UFC light heavyweight champ will pay an undisclosed fine and have to enroll in alcohol education courses.

Tito Ortiz plead "no contest" to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) on Wednesday (April 30, 2014), following his car crash earlier this year in Los Angeles, California, and was sentenced to 36 months probation, according to TMZ. In addition, he'll be forced to enroll in alcohol education courses and pay a hefty fine.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hall of famer and current Bellator attraction crashed his 2012 Porsche Panamera into a concrete median back on Jan. 6, 2014 (photos), but was able to avoid jail time since it was his first offense.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

The longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran returns to the cage on May 17, 2014, where he'll face Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko inaugural pay-per-view (PPV) event from inside the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi (more on that fight here).

The 39-year-old Ortiz (16-11) has just one win in his last nine light heavyweight fights and could be put out to pasture with a loss to a man who normally competes at 185 pounds.

Perhaps for his own good.

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