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Tito Ortiz changes moniker, no longer “Huntington Beach Bad Boy”

When Tito Ortiz steps in the Octagon to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 140 it will be the first time we hear Bruce Buffer say “The Peoples Champ,” Tito Ortiz. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” attitude has been put to rest says Ortiz.

“No longer the bad boy, positive from here on out. I’m now the ‘People’s Champ. I just want to change my whole outlook on life. Being the bad boy, talking smack to sell fights, I no longer need to do that,” said Ortiz. “I’ve got three boys who are growing up and I want to make sure I’m known as someone who has given back to MMA and been a positive role model to a lot of people’s lives.”

The former champ explains that he doesn’t needs to market himself as a “bad boy” anymore to sell a fight. He is now looking to be a positive role model for the fans and his children. 

“I just want to change my whole outlook on life. Being the bad boy, talking smack to sell fights, I no longer need to do that,” said Ortiz. “I’ve got three boys who are growing up and I want to make sure I’m known as someone who has given back to MMA and been a positive role model to a lot of people’s lives.”

“Being the ‘People’s Champ,’ the only other person I can think of who’s done the great things in their sport was Muhammad Ali. If I could walk in one of those footsteps, then I’ve done my job as a fighter and a mixed martial artist,” Ortiz stated.

After 15 years in the sport the new moniker of “Peoples Champ”is  agreeably a sign of growth and maturity as a man and as a father.

“I believe so, it’s time to grow up, it’s time to mature as a man, as a father. I’ve done a lot in this sport. I know my road’s coming up short here where it’s really time to think about the future. I’ve been competing for almost 15 years; I think the longest UFC fighter in history, competing more than anybody else and for the longest record non-stop fighting in the UFC. I never fought anywhere else. No amateur status, nowhere else besides the UFC, that’s all I’ve fought and I just want to keep that positive attitude,” Ortiz said.

Source: MMAWeekly

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