Former UFC Champion Resigns From the Huntington Beach City Council

Published 06/02/2021, 5:43 AM EDT


Tito Ortiz is the former Light Heavyweight champion of the UFC and also an inductee in the UFC Hall of Fame. Ortiz pursued multiple career opportunities as he has worked as an actor, a businessman, a fighter, and even as a Mayor.

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Ortiz got elected to the city council as the Mayor Pro Tem of Huntington Beach, California. He won the elections in November 2020 by registering a dominating win by earning the highest number of votes in the city’s history. But now, ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ has officially resigned from the Huntington Beach city council. The resignation occurred on June 1 after his controversial run as the Mayor Pro Tem.

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In his resignation speech, Ortiz said, “I would like to inform you that I am resigning my position as Mayor Pro Tem, city councilman with the city of Huntington Beach effective June 1/ 2021. I ran for this position with hopes to better my community. Work on my constituents and give them a voice making our beautiful city safe and clean. And to ensure a bright future for my children. I was under envision that I was in a bipartisan position and that we all had the common goal, that our city and our constituents could have. To put it frankly that’s not the case.”

Ortiz further added, “As of recent, the attacks against me have moved to involve my family. And I feel that their safety is in danger. To put it simply, this job isn’t working for me. I am sorry to let down many of my support of HP constituents and I pray they will understand sincerely, Tito Ortiz.”

Huntington Beach city manager comments on Tito Ortiz situation

In February 2021, Tito Ortiz filed for unemployment against his city. Ortiz alleged that he was unemployed during the pandemic. But according to city manager Oliver Chi, an elected official receiving pay in health insurance as Ortiz does, wouldn’t qualify for unemployment for the city.

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)

 Ortiz collects more than $1500 a month, according to the city website of Huntington Beach and therefore, he doesn’t qualify to file the unemployment on the city. The city manager claimed that all the council members maintained full employment throughout the pandemic. Oliver Chi also believes that the basis of Ortiz’s claim to file for unemployment is simply not true.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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