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Tito Ortiz Wants to be Known as ‘The People’s Champion’ in Spite of His Lack of a Title


(“If you will it, it will come.” Some sage career advice Tito got from Jenna.)

Tito Ortiz isn’t letting trivial details get in the way of his new nickname. The fighter formerly known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has apparently anointed himself “The People’s Champion” even though he hasn’t been a title holder in over eight years and has only won one of his past seven fights.

“My whole legacy, my whole career depended on [the Bader] fight. I trained really hard and had some great guys around me training with me. It was almost like winning my world title. A lot of people didn’t believe in me. A lot of people couldn’t believe that I was still here. I had neck surgery, lower back surgery and a lot of athletes don’t compete after that,” Ortiz recently told ESPN. “I showed that I’m able to compete against the best guys in the world, and I think that will help show people that if they believe in themselves, if they believe in their dream, they can accomplish anything. That’s why I changed my name to ‘The People’s Champ.’ I want everyone to know that I’m here for the fans. I want them to know that they can bounce back from anything.”

We’re not sure if Tito is trying out some of that new age visualization stuff that Jon Jones pulled when he signed autographs “UFC light heavyweight champ” prior to winning the belt from Shogun at UFC 128, or if Tito is just sick of being called “the former champ.” In the MMA world, that’s as bad as being called a washed-up has-been.

Regardless of the reason, it’s really not that surprising. Tito has always had a thing for making up non-sensical nicknames. Just ask Serato Babalu or Jennito.

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Me likey- October 19, 2011 at 4:37 am
@parchy mcthirst
yup, he is my cousin.
Todd M- October 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm
@ Get off me, My thoughts exactly I think Tito misunderstands the meaning of the term
@ Irishwolfhound491, Hilarious Sir
noizy- October 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm
Chael is the people's champ.

Tito's head so big, when he hears something it echos in his head for days until he believes it was his idea.
madcowboy- October 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm
Oh help us all, Tito Jackson thinks he is rocky now...lol He is just trying to make more money and promote himself.... cant blame though he has had some good fights lately.
RwilsonR- October 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm
I've always thought "The People's Champion" sounded like communist propaganda. Pinko fucks!
Irishwolfhound491- October 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm
Good great grand, you're here for the fans. Now can you go away? For the fans?
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Jackal- October 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Maybe Tito and Chael should be butt-buddies, if they're not already...
rampageisgod- October 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm
@Jackal, you've just described Chael Sonnen.
Jackal- October 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm
Tito YOU ARE MENTALLY ILL, bro. You can't beat the best in the world, Ryan Bader is a TUF noob, not a f@#king champion. People's champion my ass, your publicity sucks, your attitude sucks, you talk sh!t about everyone and act like a five year old. Take your people champion title and shove it up one of Jenna's holes, I'm sure it'll fit in any of them.
Spunderpants- October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm
really? what a knob head
parchy mcthirst- October 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm
@me likey: You know what's also Roman? Naughtious Maximus.
intercept440- October 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm
oh and sorry... the rock.. will always be the peoples champ...plus he has the peoples elbow. and the peoples eyebrow. muffukka
intercept440- October 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm
your phot caption is wrong... if jenna was to give advice to tito it would be " if you deepthroat it, it will come all over your chin"
Get Off Me- October 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Generally "the peoples champ" is liked by the people.
I think Chael also has been calling himself "the peoples champ".
FYI Tito, "the peoples champ" is taken.
HandsofGold- October 18, 2011 at 11:53 am
Tito is and always was garbage!
Me likey- October 18, 2011 at 11:51 am
no just the pic of tito staring at the small dvd player behind the belt playing clips of his wife blowing dudes.
MoonBelly- October 18, 2011 at 11:46 am
Is there an article to accompany this?
Me likey- October 18, 2011 at 11:44 am
i want to be known for now on as bickus dickus. it is roman.
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