Tito Ortiz wants fight fans to know that he's no longer "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy."
That's right, the MMA legend, and one time baddest of the bad boys is now going by a new nickname: "The People's Champ."
"I signed over 15,000 autographs last weekend at the UFC fan expo," Ortiz tells me as we talk about his career resurgence, including a roster spot in the upcoming "UFC Undisputed 3" video game. "The first day I stood there for seven and a half hours. The second day I was there for over six hours. They had to kick me out. It was a lot of fun."
Besides putting pen to paper, another way the former champ is hanging with his peeps online in games of "Call of Duty: Black Ops."
"I'm a big 'Call of Duty' guy," Ortiz tells me, "and I'll go on Twitter (@tittoortiz) and let fans know that I'm about to play 'Black Ops' so we can actually go in and play together.
"I love 'Black Ops' and 'Modern Warfare.' I like to play the UFC games as well, but I train and fight so much myself, the 'Call of Duty' games allow me to do something different. I started 'Modern Warfare 2' and I really never stopped. I go online with my friends and we tear it up. It's fun. It's my social outlet. I get to be myself. A lot of people talk trash to me while we play and we just have a great time."
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