UFC president Dana White has announced that the next inductee to the UFC Hall of Fame will be none other than “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz. White said that his induction will be at the UFC Fan Expo in July.
White had the following to say regarding the induction…
“The storylines played out, and it’s part of our history, between me, Chuck (Liddell) and Tito, It is definitely a part of the history of this sport.”
Ortiz debuted in the UFC back in 1997 at UFC 13 when he just 22 years old. He won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and successfully defended it five times in his career, which happens to be the record for title defenses for the UFC Light Heavyweight strap.
The UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, July 6, at the nearby Mandalay Bay Convention Center prior to the event’s official weigh-in ceremony as part of the UFC Fan Expo.
Ortiz will be the eighth fighter inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Mark Coleman, Couture, Royce Gracie, Hughes, Liddell, Dan Severn and Shamrock. TapouT co-founder Charles “Mask” Lewis is also in the UFC Hall of Fame.