UFC legend Tito Ortiz wins council seat in California hometown
UFC star Tito Ortiz has won a council seat in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California, on Tuesday, according to a report from msn.com.
Huntington Beach is an ocean side city in Orange County that is located roughly 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Locals and visitors to the area know the popular destination as “Surf City.”
According to msn.com, Ortiz received 22,791 votes (11.8 percent) for the seat, which was good enough for a third place finish. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Ortiz, Natalie Moser and Dan Kalmick won the election. Ortiz beat out 15 other candidates to secure one of the three seats.
“Not a seat but #1 for the community and future of our children!” Oritz wrote on Twitter.
Not a seat but #1 for the community and future of our children!
MMA star Tito Ortiz wins city council seat in Huntington Beach https://t.co/JLxTezUlTI
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) November 4, 2020
Ortiz, who is a supporter of President Donald Trump, ran his campaign around a “Make Huntington Beach Safe Again” slogan:
I’m running for Huntington Beach City Council with determination and hard work I will Make #HuntingtonBeach Safe Again! Join me for the fight!! It starts with our city of Huntington Beach, our County of Orange,our… https://t.co/ZCPFKpiKdY
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) August 11, 2020
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) November 3, 2020
Ortiz, now 45 years of age, grew up in Huntington Beach and later earned the nickname of “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” during his MMA fighting days. Still an avid member of the community, he owns a gym in the area called Punishment Training Center.
With a 21-12-1 record, Ortiz went on to become one of the most feared men in the ring. He’s a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, UFC Hall of Famer, and one of the earliest stars in the sport. Many fans of mixed martial arts view him as a pioneer of the sport. His most recent fight came in 2019, when he signed a multi-fight agreement with the Combate Americas promotion.