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Tito Ortiz’s controversial run as a Huntington Beach city councilor has come to an end. Just under 35 thousand votes saw him rise to mayor pro-tem back in November 2020, but in less than a year, Ortiz has seen something like a dozen controversies, largely related to mask-wearing and plandemic ranting.
Oh, and there’s also a mild accusation of unemployment fraud. None of those controversies are behind the end of Ortiz’s stay as councilman. Instead, the former UFC champion blames character assassination and information leaks as the reasoning for his resignation.
Orange County registry reporter Susan Goulding broke the news of Ortiz’s resignation online.
In a truly fortunate turn of events, video of Ortiz’s resignation has found its way to the Twitter. The transcription of Ortiz’s speech is below the video, but listening to Ortiz speak is really the best way to understand what is happening here.
Tito Ortiz announces his resignation from the Huntington Beach City Council. pic.twitter.com/vVzsLNf9zu— Oscar Willis (@oscarswillis) June 2, 2021
“I would like to inform you that I am resigning from my position as mayor pro-tem city councilman with the city of Huntington Beach effective June 1, 2011/21,” Ortiz said. “I ran for this position with hopes to better my community, work on my constituents, and give them a voice, make our beautiful city safe and clean, and to ensure a bright future for my children.
“I was under a notion that I was in bipartisan position, and that we all had a common goal ... to put it frankly, that’s not the case. From day one, I was sworn in, met with hostility and judgement ... to be the sole focus of character assassination each and every week with multiple news story, leaked personal information ... all of which were meant to slander and defame my name. I thought I was up to this job, but I knew I had over 40,000 constituents who were there counting on me.
“As of recent, the attacks against me have moved to involve my family. I now feel for their safety is in danger. To put it simply, this job isn’t working for me.”
Rizin just got even more exciting!
Rule changes: All fights will allow elbows to the face from now on. No angle restrictions.— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) June 1, 2021
I can never tell how serious Conor McGregor tweets are, so he may or may not actually be beefing with this impressionist, but the response video is pretty good either way!
I’ll fight this imposter in the co-main! Terrible impression’s of me he is doing years. https://t.co/70rqFoxeVz— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 31, 2021
Diego Sanchez offers something of an update on his situation:
One more PFL regular season event to go, and so far, the initial favorites have a lot of bouncing back to do.
Keith Peterson was finally forced to experience some nonsense.
40-year-old Georges St. Pierre has reached better shape in retirement than most athletes will touch in their prime.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Kurt Holobaugh suffered an 0-3 UFC stretch, but those losses came to Shane Burgos, Raoni Barcelos, and Thiago Moises ... point being, dude is better than his UFC record implies!
I have never seen a rolling thunder thrown from this distance.
Oh fuck. We got a bad bad Rolling Thunder KO. Hes been down and not moving for a few minutes. Hope hes okay. pic.twitter.com/W84V9KcmKl— xkaratepathfinderx (@xPlaystationpa1) May 29, 2021
Upkick knockouts are always fun.
Falcons are freaking cool.
This Falcon using wind and thermals to stationary hover while barely using it's wings..— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) May 29, 2021
Look at the head stabilization.. pic.twitter.com/4y5H4Z69xB
Midnight Music: I posted a cover of an Aretha Franklin song a week or two ago, so this is only fair.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.