Tito Ortiz Begins Political Career, Runs For Huntington Beach Council

Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

In keeping with the themes of 2020, Tito Ortiz has begun his political career, running for Huntington Beach City Council.

The year 2020 will go down in history for a lot of reasons: a celebrity from the Apprentice was leading one of the most powerful nations in the world, a terrible virus plagued the planet and caused a pandemic, and now it has its next big strange story. UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, 45, is beginning his political career, running for Huntington Beach City Council according to TMZ.

The “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has always represented his hometown inside of the cage, and he’s now looking to represent it on the city council. Ortiz officially filed to appear on the November ballot for Huntington Beach city council, where three seats are up for grabs in the next election. Ortiz’s paperwork doesn’t designate a political party, however, he has long been a vocal supporter for current Republican sitting President Donald Trump.

Ortiz had been kicking around the idea of a career change for the last few months, first saying he was going to be a police officer, before deciding to run for public office. The city council is in charge of things including setting policies under which the city will operate, and budgets for city services. The most important detail of this, perhaps, is that the Huntington Beach Mayor is selected yearly from it’s sitting council members.

So hypothetically Ortiz could potentially one day be the mayor of Huntington Beach. However, before he can worry about being called Mayor Ortiz, he would obviously need to win a seat in the city council in November.

Ortiz last competed in MMA in December, defeating former WWE champion Alberto El Patron in Combate Americas inside of the first round. He currently holds a professional record of 21-12-1.

If he wins, Ortiz would one of the few politicians to have MMA experience. Among the most famous of which currently is Sharice Davids, who is currently a Kansas Representative and holds a professional record of 1-1. Internationally, Fedor Emelianenko was elected as deputy of the Belgorod Regional Duma in his native Russia in 2010, and later served as a member of Russia’s Council of Physical Fitness & Sports.