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Tito Ortiz signs with Combate Americas for MMA return

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Tito Ortiz is coming back from retirement — again — for a fight at Combate Americas.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is back.

Almost five months to the date of his last MMA bout, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz signed a contract with Combate Americas.

Ortiz posted a video of the deal on his social media, signing the contract during Friday night’s Combate Americas 35 in Los Angeles, Calif. Amy Kaplan was first to report the news.

“I’m ready to fight. I’m ready to kick some f*cking ass,” Ortiz said on the video, adding “I’m back!!! Let’s have some fun” in the post.

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I’m back!!! Let’s have some fun. @CombateAmericas

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Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren confirmed the news on social media, writing that the company now has to find Ortiz “the right opponent.”

Ortiz (20-12-1) came back from retirement to fight Chael Sonnen in 2017, winning by first-round submission at Bellator 170. He then came back once again from retirement for a trilogy bout with Chuck Liddell at Golden Boy MMA, avenging previous losses with a first-round knockout.