“I’m ready to kick some f***ing ***!” said Tito Ortiz as he announced he has signed with Combate Americas on April 26 in California. The longtime grappler and fixture in mixed martial arts landscape then posted the signing of his new contract to social media while standing ringside at the promotion’s event at the Galen Center:
Ortiz was last seen about six months ago knocking out Chuck Liddell over at Golden Boy MMA in a trilogy matchup of “UFC glory days” fighters. He previously came out of retirement in 2017 to roll around with Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170, taking Chael out by submission.
Combate Americas does not have a match scheduled for Ortiz at this time, explaining that they need to find the right opponent for their new UFC Hall of Famer. The promotion, which bills itself as the first ever Hispanic mixed martial arts franchise and a brain child of original UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren, is home to fighters like Gustavo Lopez, Kenia Enriquez, and Kyra Batara.
Ortiz, now 44, made his fight debut as an amateur back in 1997 at UFC 13. He won the Light Heavyweight title in 2000, losing the belt in 2003 to Randy Couture.