The charismatic ‘entertainer,’ and former UFC light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz talks with CagedInsider.com about his beliefs on being a fighter vs. an entertainer. Something Ortiz says he helped ingrain in a young 18 year old Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
“At the end of the day, we’re all great fighters, but when people forget about after they fought, you didn’t do the right things as an entertainer. If you just want to be a fighter like that, then you will be forgotten, but if you want to be an entertainer then you’ll always be remembered like Muhammad Ali.”
The polarizing character that is “Mayhem,” has humble beginnings explains Ortiz.
“Miller came to me when he was nobody. From Atlanta, when he was 18 years old. He moved out here and I got him an apartment . He was part of Team Punishment when I first begun it. I told him, listen you can fight all you want, but at the end of the day, people go home after a fight and they talk about you, you’ve done your job as an entertainer and as a fighter. He kept doing it and then he had his Monkey Mayhem followers.”
“I’m not taking no credit for anything he’s done [Mayhem], but I will take credit that I gave him the attitude to make that difference.