What do you know about Tito Ortiz, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pro fighter and former Light Heavyweight Champion in mixed martial arts (MMA)? Do you know apart from wrestling, he is also an actor and entrepreneur? There are other facts about this former champion that will blow your mind. Read on…
Tito Ortiz Biography, Age
Jacob Christopher Ortiz was born on January 23, 1975, in Huntington Beach, California. His ancestry is a mixed one as his father, Samuel Ortiz, is of Mexican descent and his mother, Joyce Ortiz, who was born in Hilo, Hawaii, is of English descent. His nickname “Tito” was given to him by his father when he was just one year old and at the time he was five, the family moved to Santa Ana, still in California. His mother was previously married before she met his father. She was married to Louie Simmons and the union had produced three children, all boys.
Growing up was both challenging and traumatic for Ortiz mostly because his parents were not such proper role models. Both parents were drug addicts and their nonchalance led young Ortiz to the streets where he got involved with gangs, drugs (including cocaine), which got him some time in juvenile detentions. When Ortiz realized he could not depend on his home for his sustenance, be resorted to fishing at a local pier and sustained himself from the proceeds. Ortiz parent’s marriage could not survive the pressure and caved in when he was thirteen which made him go back to Huntington Beach with his mother.
He attended high school at Huntington Beach High School where he began his adventure into the world of amateur wrestling in his second year there. It happened to be a good decision for him as he won the CIF championship (California Interscholastic Federation) which qualified him for the competition at the state level where he finished fourth. As he got more engrossed in his “fights”, his mother drove him out of the house at age 18 and he teamed up with an old mentor, Paul Herrera, who was at the time the wrestling coach at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. Ortiz enrolled in Golden West College after Herrera advised him on it and there he continued his push for stardom with a career in wrestling. He participated as a junior in the California junior college state championships and won the competition for two years in a row and then transferred to California State University.
Ortiz’s net worth is definitely not down to just his wrestling career, as the ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter is a man of many sides and has several investments to his name. Not only is he an ex-professional wrestler and MMA fighter, Tito Ortiz is also an actor and entrepreneur. He founded a sports management company, Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management Inc., runs a gym center in Huntington Beach, Punishment Training Center and also owns a sports equipment and sportswear brand, Punishment Athletics Enterprises.
Ortiz, who labeled himself the “Muhammad Ali” of MMA had a fighting career that saw him win several championships and recorded so many notable victories. He had duels with Forrest Griffin, Wanderlei Silva, Ken Shamrock, Evan Tanner, to mention but a few. His longtime rival in the sport while he played was Chuck Liddell. He has appeared in a couple of movies. He was labeled “The next Vin Diesel” of Hollywood by producer Jeff Mostut. His most notable movie appearance is in the 2005 film, The Crow: Wicked Prayer. He has a net worth of $15 million.
Tito Ortiz Wife, Girlfriend, Kids
Tito Ortiz has been married before even though he is currently not in that marriage relationship anymore and he is presently dating Amber Nichole Miller. Ortiz was first married to his first wife known only by her first name, Kristen. Their union produced a son, Jacob Ortiz Jr. and their marriage only lasted for five years. Very little is known about the details of their marriage.
After parting ways with Kristen, Tito Ortiz met Jenna Jameson, a porn star, on the social media platform, MySpace and they began dating in 2006. Even though tongues wagged, Ortiz was in love with Jameson and rejected an invitation to attend the United States Marine Corps birthday ball in November 2006 as the guest of honor because they refused to recognize her as his guest, even though according to him she had quit the adult film industry. The couple has twin boys together, which they welcomed on March 16, 2009. Their two boys are named Jesse Jameson Ortiz and Journey Jette Ortiz. Their relationship also did not last as they separated after nine years, in March 2013. Ortiz holds custody of the twin boys as ruled by a court.
Quick Facts – Zodiac Sign, Height
Full Name: Jacob Christopher Ortiz
Known as: Tito Ortiz
Nickname: The Huntington Beach Bad Boy
Profession: Professional Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist, Actor
Birthdate: January 23, 1975
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California
Spouse/Partner: Kristen (div.), Jenna Jameson, Amber Nichole Miller
Children: 3 – Jacob (Kristen), Jesse Jameson and Journey Jette (Jenna Jameson)
Height: 6 ft 3 in (192 cm)
Weight: 202 lbs (92 kg approximately)
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Bald
Net worth: $15 million