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Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame today at the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ortiz will face Forrest Griffin for the third time in his final UFC bout tonight at UFC 148.
Ortiz spent his entire career in the UFC save for one bout in 1998, compiling a 16-10 record that was highlighted by six straight UFC title fight wins. MMA Fighting's Dave Doyle was at the induction and got the following quotes from Ortiz:
"I put my heart, soul and body into this sport. I've had ACL surgery, back surgery, neck surgery, a meniscus tear. When people ask me, "Why you retiring? I'm retiring because it's time.
"I've done everything I wanted to do. My number one goal was to be the best fighter ever in the Octagon. I think I can hold hands with many who can stake that claim.
"Chuck Liddell, Randy [Couture], Ken Shamrock, thanks. We helped build this sport into what it is today."
"Oh the times we've had," UFC President Dana White said. "When we look back on when we started this company back in 2001, I managed Chuck and Tito before we even ran the UFC. It was some of the best times and some of the worst times I ever had, but the story between me, Tito, Chuck, and all the early days of the UFC are the things that helped build the UFC. Whether it was Tito vs. Chuck, Tito vs. Randy, all those big fights had one thing in common: Tito was involved."