Former light-heavyweight champion with five title defenses (tied with Jon Jones), “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz was inducted into the hall of fame on July 7, 2012. Though his history with the organization wasn’t the strongest, Ortiz’s marketable persona led him to becoming one of the most well-known fighters to date.
Ortiz opens up about the most recent hall of fame inductees — Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. He feels if you’ve never held a belt… well, you shouldn’t be in the UFC’s hall of fame.
He told MMA JUNKIE what was on his mind
“Forrest deserves it. He beat me, and he beat some other really good guys. He was a world champion. He had some great fights. I think he deserves it. As far as Stephan, I have nothing against the guy, but you’ve got to be a world champion, I think, to be in the Hall of Fame. I think it should be a fan vote. That’s what it should really come down to. The fans should consider how much they’ve known the person, how much they’ve watched them fight and so forth and just how much the fighter had significance in the sport in general. I think that’s the answer.”