Tito Ortiz avoids jail for DUI with plea

Elias Cepeda
Tito Ortiz has avoided jail time for a DUI conviction. (MMA Weekly)

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Tito Ortiz has avoided jail time for a DUI conviction. (MMA Weekly)

Former UFC light heavyweight champion and current Bellator fighter Tito Ortiz has pleaded no contest to a DUI charge and avoided jail time, according to a report from Dave Doyle. Ortiz was arrested last January and charged with DUI after crashing his sports car early in the morning in Southern California.

Ortiz and two passengers were reportedly coming from a party at the Playboy mansion in Beverly Hills. According to Doyle's report, "While Ortiz could have received up to six months in county jail under California vehicle codes 23152 (A) and 23152 (B), a plea of no-contest will keep him out of jail. A first-time offender, Ortiz will instead do three years' probation and must enroll in and complete an alcohol education program."

Ortiz pulled out of a scheduled fight against former training partner Quinton "Rampage" Jackson last year because of a broken neck. He has recently said that he's ready to fight again.

Ortiz briefly retired from MMA competition after a loss to Forrest Griffin in 2012. The 39 year old has not fought since then.

Ortiz held a UFC title from April 14, 2000 until he lost a unanimous decision to Randy Couture in September of 2003. Going back to late 2006, Ortiz won only one of his last nine fights.

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