Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz went from living in cars to living the dream, turning a career in mixed martial arts into a multimillion dollar enterprise.
In a recent interview on MMASportsMag.com, Ortiz reveals that his rough and tumble upbringing has been replaced with sick whips and luxury items.
Here's a snip:
"I really got to see how hard life would really be for us, living in motels, living in cars, people's garages, I really didn't want that for myself. I like the luxury things, I like the nice cars and nice houses and I got to see that at a young age with some of my older friends and I was like how come I can't have that. Well I came to realize that its comes with a lot of hard work ... with hard work and dedication you can achieve anything in life as long as you work as hard as you possibly can at it."
According to the interview, Ortiz reveals that his clothing line, Punishment Athletics, is a big reason behind his financial success. And, that his girlfriend, Jenna Jameson, helps with the business side of things.
Here's a quote mash from Ortiz:
"Punishment Athletics started in 1999 and I started with 500 bucks and it became a multimillion dollar company. It's just one of the things that is going to get bigger and bigger and its going to start taking over. [Jenna] has taught me a lot about the business game that I have never known before and I'm really happy to be with her and having her by my side. She is a very intelligent bright woman with some of the business side of things she does and it's very impressive to see a woman at her stature doing some of the things she does."
Ortiz also rehashes the "premature" stoppage during his championship bout with Chuck Liddell at UFC 66, as well as his plans to once again establish himself as the number one contender in the 205-pound division.
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" will look to get back on the road to the title when he faces Rashad Evans at UFC 72 on July 7.