Mmaweekly reports that UFC star Tito Ortiz will be inducted into the UFC hall of fame before his fight with Forrest Griffin at UFC 148. He has stated that he will retire after his fight here, but it's nice to see him honored by the company he's had some ups and downs in.
He has had a lengthy career, but what makes him such a unique fighter is that every single one of his professional fights has been in the UFC, amounting to 26 fights with the promotion. He has been noted to have some heated back-and-forths with Dana White, but ultimately has emerged as someone the UFC has been proud to have.
Dana expressed his appreciation of what Tito was to the company back in it's darkest days, and was nothing but complimentary to the former champion when he talked about him after today's UFC 150 press conference:
“He pound for pound was doing some of the most damage at a time when we were hurting,” said White. “But it’s part of our history the way the storylines played out between me, Chuck and Tito. He’s definitely a part of the history of the sport.”
Dana also told mmaweekly that there is no bad blood existing between the two any longer:
“Yeah (we’re good),” said White. “I have no beef with Tito.”
While being inducted into the UFC hall of fame isn't really the biggest achievement for a fighter to have, it is nice to see that Zuffa is willing to honor their long time fighter with this. It certainly helps let his career end on a high note, even if he loses at UFC 148.