Top 100 Tito Ortiz Quotes

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Tito Ortiz is a renowned American mixed martial artist who was born on January 23, 1975. Recently, he signed a contract with Combate Americas promotion and is mostly known for his stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He had received a Light Heavyweight Champion from 2000 to 2003.

Moreover, he is also recognized as the CEO of Punishment Athletes MMA equipment and clothing line. He also has an MMA training gym named Punishment Training Center in his hometown, Huntington Beach, California. It was November 5, 2020, when he was announced as one of the winners of the Huntington Beach City Council election.

Let’s visit his top 100 quotes that will always motivate you to win.

“I’ve had an ACL replaced in my left knee, ACL replaced in my right knee, 50 percent of my meniscus taken out of my right knee, lower back fusion, C-6, C-7 fused in my neck, C-5, C-4 disk replacement, C-4, C-3 fused. I have 26, 27 concussions, hundreds of stitches. I’ve been through the grinder.”― Tito Ortiz

“My true inspiration is to give everything to my kids that I never had. I had a really rough upbringing, and I want to break that chain. I’ve broken the chain, and I want to give my kids happiness every single day. When they wake up and hop on me and say; ‘Dad I love you,’ that is what means the most to me.”― Tito Ortiz

“Once someone watches me compete, I’m part of them forever.”― Tito Ortiz

“I made the wrong decision myself in my career. I tried to battle against the system. I should have never done that, but I didn’t have anybody else who showed me how to do it before. I did everything on instinct.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’m really articulate when I do my thing – when I speak on the mic, when I do interviews. I’m a colorful personality.”― Tito Ortiz

“I had little problems during high school. It seemed like I was always getting into trouble in summer, going in and out of juvenile hall.”― Tito Ortiz

“For me, boxing’s like checkers, and MMA’s like chess – there are so many ways to win the match. It’s not barbaric; it’s boxing, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, cardio and it’s all reached such an amazing level. As fans learn more about the sport, they just fall in love with it.”― Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz inside the ring
Tito Ortiz inside the ring

“I am one of the guys who really capitalized on the ground-and-pound game and am very vicious on the ground. I let go of a lot of elbows and cause a lot of damage.”― Tito Ortiz

“I cheated on my first wife, Kristin. I thought I was untouchable. How could I be that inconsiderate to someone?”― Tito Ortiz

“I’ve tasted the dirt side. I’ve tasted being broke. I’ve been in the dumps, I’ve lived in motels as a kid. I want a different opportunity for my children. I never want them to see those things.”― Tito Ortiz

“Negativity just sucks the life out of somebody.”― Tito Ortiz

“I understand my limits. I’m not going to go out there just to fight for money and to put on a show for people at the risk of my own health. I won’t do that.”― Tito Ortiz

“I look at guys like – guys like Floyd Mayweather making $42 million dollars for a pay-per-view – what am I doing differently from what this guy’s doing?”― Tito Ortiz

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“I did my job to make my name a household name.”― Tito Ortiz

“The whole bad-boy image was for the cage, and that’s it. It wasn’t an act because it came from a passion for fighting.”― Tito Ortiz

“I was always a huge WWF wrestling fan, and Hulk Hogan was one of my biggest heroes.”― Tito Ortiz

“I love doing films, action films, anything I can get into that is produced at a high level, really use my skills.”― Tito Ortiz

“Fighting is my livelihood, and jeopardizing my body without a full understanding of conditions doesn’t make any sense. No professional fighter will go into a risky match without a contract.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’ve struggled to get respect and dignity for my profession, and I do it in the way I lead my life as a fighter and as a human being.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’m a person that’s been fueled on emotions. And any fan who’s ever been around any of my fights, I’m the only fighter who’d go out on the concourse to sign autographs the day of the fight. Because I’m in love with my fans.”― Tito Ortiz

“Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell III, the fight that all the fans wanted to see for the longest time and never got a chance to. I never got a fair shake when I was with the UFC against Chuck, any of the times I ever fought against him.”― Tito Ortiz

“I have a great surgeon that put me together.”― Tito Ortiz

“The UFC makes about 99 percent of the money, and the rest goes to the fighters. That one percent ain’t nothing compared to what they make on merchandising, on pay-per-view, and everything else they make around the world.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’m not a young kid struggling to get to the top. I’ve been to the top. I gotta look out for my best interests as a businessman in this fight game. At the end of the day, it is a business. I’ve got children to take care of; I’ve got bills to pay.”― Tito Ortiz

“Scott Coker, I’ve known him such a long time, he’s always been a straight shooter. He’s always been very, very respectful towards me. He understands the business. He understands marketing and how to push the fighters to make them superstars in a household environment.”― Tito Ortiz

“UFC, take me off your list. Take me off your Hall of Fame.”― Tito Ortiz

“Chuck Liddell’s a puppet.”― Tito Ortiz

“There was a disc and two bone spurs pressing on my spinal cord. If anyone’s had spinal cord problems or disc injuries in their neck, they’d understand what I went through.”― Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz and his family
Tito Ortiz and his family

“I have all the money I want. I don’t need any more money.”― Tito Ortiz

“Retiring as the champion and being the only athlete to ever do that, I think goals like that are set in the mind. I want to make that happen.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’ve been through hell not totally unscathed, but I came out not too bad.”― Tito Ortiz

“I don’t see myself any higher than anyone else.”― Tito Ortiz

“I love to compete.”― Tito Ortiz

“I went through UFC with five title defenses. Jonny ‘Bones’ Jones beat my record, so I’m trying to beat his record. That’s my goal. That’s what I want to do.”― Tito Ortiz

“I want to let people to believe in themselves, people believe in me that everything is possible.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’ve had two neck surgeries, a back surgery, three knee surgeries, eye surgery, but I keep bouncing back. I won’t go away – kind of like a virus. I don’t go away. I keep coming back stronger and stronger. I’m contagious.”― Tito Ortiz

“I put my heart, soul, and body into this sport.”― Tito Ortiz

“My number one goal was to be the best fighter ever in the Octagon. I think I can hold hands with many who can stake that claim.”― Tito Ortiz

39th of 100 Tito Ortiz Quotes

“In the UFC, at first we were like a family, but then it turned corporate. In Bellator, we’re family.”― Tito Ortiz

“People don’t understand what fighters at the top have to go through. You know what, even half the fighters don’t understand what the guys on top are going through. You’re being pulled in so many directions. Contract negotiations, business opportunities, people come out of the woodwork, and it all happens when you’re so young.”― Tito Ortiz

“It gets to the point where, by the time you’re underneath the arena lights and you’re staring at your opponent, that’s the best time. That’s the best feeling in the world, because all the other stuff goes away.”― Tito Ortiz

“Shlemenko wants to make his name off of Tito Ortiz. He’s not the first person ever to do this. People have been trying to use my name ever since I was the champ.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’ve been through every surgery that any athlete has ever been through, and I’ve prevailed through it.”― Tito Ortiz

“I fought with integrity and heart and determination like no fighter has ever done.”― Tito Ortiz

“I was smart enough to save my money. I invest. The biggest thing you can invest is something they don’t have a lot of, is land. I own a lot of it.”― Tito Ortiz

“I don’t wanna fight a street fighter.”― Tito Ortiz

“Scott Coker’s been amazing to work with.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’m very thankful to Bellator.”― Tito Ortiz

“Life’s too short. Too short to hate.”― Tito Ortiz

“After having my first surgery in 2003, having an ACL replacement, I never thought I’d be able to compete again.”― Tito Ortiz

“If I wanted to do a fixed fight, I’d be doing WWE.”― Tito Ortiz

“I squeeze like an anaconda.”― Tito Ortiz

“At the end of the day, when I step in that cage, I’m there to fight for my name. It’s not about money; it’s not about who’s gonna win or lose. It’s about me winning. That’s all that matters.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’m a kid who has a lot of respect. I believe in respect.”― Tito Ortiz

“I know who I am. I’m a former world champion.”― Tito Ortiz

“In my mind, I know I’m one of the greatest. I know other people don’t think that, but in my mind, I know I’m one of the greatest.”― Tito Ortiz

“Wrestling has always been a dominating force in UFC.”― Tito Ortiz

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“A lot of guys who I fought, they beat guys who were No. 1 contenders, and that’s why I fought them.”― Tito Ortiz

“My biggest enemy has been my surgeries.”― Tito Ortiz

“I want to be remembered as a fighter with integrity. A fighter who did it this way, who has respect because he wanted to push the envelope for the fighters.”― Tito Ortiz

“My biggest enemy has been my body.”― Tito Ortiz

“I remember from the very beginning when I walked out at UFC 40, when we had the big lights, the flames, everything. Fans want to see entertainment.”― Tito Ortiz

“At the end of the day, us fighters, all we have is respect.”― Tito Ortiz

“Us fighter put our lives on the line to entertain the fans that watch.”― Tito Ortiz

“Maybe UFC and Bellator should take care of the fighters when their careers are done, as the NFL takes care of their players. Because they’re making so much money off us.”― Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz with his precious award
Tito Ortiz with his precious award

“We’re fighters. We go out there, and we’ll open a window of opportunity, and they’re only open for so long, and we have to take advantage of that time right then. When I did it, I was 30-31 years old. Maybe it was a little too late that I should have did it, but I did it right. I was okay with the money that I got, the money that I made.”― Tito Ortiz

“Trust has always been a hard issue in my life, and when I was with the UFC, it was hard for me to trust people because it was like I was seeing lies, up to lies, up to lies.”― Tito Ortiz

“I don’t have to prove anything else in this MMA world.”― Tito Ortiz

“The fight game and the commentary game are two different worlds.”― Tito Ortiz

“I fight on emotions. When I don’t fight on emotions, I don’t fight well. I fight on emotion, because I’m in for survival.”― Tito Ortiz

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“I’m a Trump guy. I wasn’t in the beginning, of course. I’m Mexican, when he said we need to take all the Mexicans out of United States… well, good luck on that one. They’ll find a way to get back here anyways.”― Tito Ortiz

“Man’s best friend – that’s what dogs are. I have two dogs. I love and treat them like family.”― Tito Ortiz

“My kids come first on all measures.”― Tito Ortiz

“They eat clean, they don’t drink sodas, they don’t have fast food. My kids eat like pro athletes.”― Tito Ortiz

“Being outspoken was important… I helped make the UFC what it is today with Chuck Liddell, Royce Gracie, and Randy Couture. Some said I was outspoken in a bad way, but I was just trying to educate the fans what being a UFC fighter is all about.”― Tito Ortiz

“From a kid who didn’t come from much success growing up but watched Muhammad Ali and Hulk Hogan, to where I am today… I tell kids, ‘You can achieve anything you want as long as you stick with it.’”― Tito Ortiz

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“At the end of the day, I’m a dad, and I try to give my kids everything I never had as a kid.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’ve been able to mature and improve my mixed martial arts game completely; I just never stop learning, and whenever I think I know enough, I just keep working and do more.”― Tito Ortiz

“Jon Jones is a great champion, but me in my prime, I was devastating. I was vicious. Nobody could stop me. Of course I could beat him in my prime.”― Tito Ortiz

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“The ‘Apprentice’ was tough, tough work. It was all for charity, so I was thankful for the money Donald Trump gave me when I was fired.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’ve seen everything during my career.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’m an entertainer. I love to fight.”― Tito Ortiz

“Every fight is won in the gym. The hard part of our job is getting in the gym every day, six days a week.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’m a very emotional person. That’s every one of my fights; it’s all emotions.”― Tito Ortiz

“When I get in that cage and fight, that’s not me. It’s somebody else. It’s like a light switch that turns on.”― Tito Ortiz

“I punish the guy until the referee pulls me off or until he says ‘no more,’ and he taps. I don’t want to leave any doubt in his mind that he had a chance.”― Tito Ortiz

“I did what Jon ‘Bones’ Jones couldn’t do, and that was finish Bader in a minute and fifty-six seconds.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’m invested in the UFC, but I’m invested in myself at the same time, showing everyone that I am one of the greatest.”― Tito Ortiz

“When you’re winning, your confidence is through the roof, but when you’re losing, that self-doubt is like, ‘Am I doing the right thing?’”― Tito Ortiz

“I want to fight the top guys in the world. Guys who have names. Guys who I don’t mind trying to make a mark off of me by them trying to win, which, they’re gonna become losers.”― Tito Ortiz

“I always knew I wanted to have a family because I didn’t have one growing up.”― Tito Ortiz

“I know what it feels like to be broke and alone, and I don’t ever want my loved ones to see that or know what it’s like.”― Tito Ortiz

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“I do charity work for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the USO. I made all the money I’m ever going to need – all my family is every going to need – so I try to give back to the community.”― Tito Ortiz

“Back when the UFC first started, I wanted to see what MMA was all about; at the time, I was training with Tank Abbott, and so I went to see him fight. While at the fight, I saw this guy fighting that I just crushed in high school wrestling, and I thought, ‘Hey, I’m a street fighter, and I have a wrestling background,’ so I gave it a shot.”― Tito Ortiz

“I had my first fight at UFC 13, and it was just one of those things that become second nature to me.”― Tito Ortiz

“Wrestling encompasses hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and determination – there’s just nothing like it in any sport.”― Tito Ortiz

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“I’m a big juicer, and I believe in juicing most vegetables and fruit, which I do twice a day.”― Tito Ortiz

“I’m just so intense when I fight, and I think a lot of fans love that.”― Tito Ortiz

“Anything with Tito Ortiz’s name on it will always involve a bit of controversy.”― Tito Ortiz

“Michael Bisping is a really tough competitor and a hard worker.”― Tito Ortiz

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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