Legendary fighter Tito Ortiz is going into the UFC Hall of Fame, but he's not done just yet.
Ortiz – the longest-reigning light heavyweight of all time – will be inducted July 7 during UFC Fan Expo. That same day, Ortiz will fight his final bout against old nemesis Forrest Griffin at UFC 148.
The first inductee since 2010, Ortiz is well known for his bleached blonde hair and devastating takedowns.
"I want to thank my family for all their love and support and my fans for sticking with me through the bad times when being a Tito Ortiz fan wasn't the coolest thing to be. Finally, I want to thank Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White for giving me so many opportunities over the years and for securing the future of the sport I love and have dedicated my life to."
Always a brash presence, Ortiz's colorful relationship with UFC President Dana White is well documented.
"Everyone knows the story of me and Tito and all the things that went on between us," White said. "A lot of it wasn't fun at the time, but all that controversy and craziness is now part of the story of the UFC, and there's no question that in his prime he was a huge star and one of the greats of his era.
"You can't write the story of this era of mixed martial arts without Tito Ortiz, and that's why he belongs in the Hall of Fame. He's been in the UFC for 15years - and sticking around that long is an achievement in itself - and now he's down to just 15minutes at UFC 148. Believe me, I know how proud and stubborn this guy is and I expect him to use everything he has left as a fighter to go out as a winner at UFC 148."
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