‘I Got a Taste of How Dirty That Stuff Is’- Tito Ortiz States ‘Character Assassination’ Forced Him to End His Political Career

Published 08/17/2021, 12:22 AM EDT
INGLEWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Tito Ortiz celebrates his win after one round against Chuck Liddell during the Light Heavyweight bout at The Forum on November 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)


The former UFC champion, Tito Ortiz, has always been a polarizing figure. During his time with the UFC, Ortiz famously had a feud with Dana White that lasted during the entirety of his stay with the company. After his fighting career, ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ ventured into the world of politics. Unfortunately for him, the move did not play out as he would have expected. 

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In December 2020, the former UFC champion was elected as the mayor of Huntington Beach after receiving over 42,000 votes. However, after six months in office, Ortiz put in his resignation, stating that he was a victim of “character assassination”.

The former UFC champion shed light on his political career and why that was firmly in the rear-view mirror now. He said, “That part of my life ended. I got a taste of how dirty that stuff is and I just tried to help my city…… That’s all I tried to do was help here in Huntington Beach and I couldn’t let it happen. I got attacked non-stop, every single week, it was either in the news or the newspaper.”

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Ortiz continued, “When they started attacking my character, assassinating my character, that’s when I knew I needed to walk away. It wasn’t worth my time and I apologize for all the people who did vote for me.” (h/t mmafighting.com)

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Tito Ortiz to take on Anderson Silva next month 

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After a short stint as a politician, Ortiz is back to doing what he does best, i.e. fighting. He will make his boxing debut against Anderson Silva on the undercard of Triller’s Vitor Belfort vs Oscar De La Hoya on September 11. 

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This will be Silva’s fourth professional boxing bout. Meanwhile, for ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’, this will be his maiden outing in the squared circle. It will be interesting to see how the two men fare in a new sport of their liking. 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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