In January of this year, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Ortiz crashed his 2012 Porsche Panamera into a median on Los Angeles’ I-405 highway. Ortiz had two passengers in the vehicle at the time and no one was injured. The vehicle suffered minor damage. Ortiz was taken to jail booked on $15,000 bail until his release at approximately 8:13 a.m. that morning.
TMZ.com is reporting and has been confirmed by a close to Ortiz that the current Bellator MMA agreed to change his plea from not guilty to a no contest. By changing his plea, Ortiz avoids jail time and received 36 months probation and ordered to enroll in an alcohol education program, with no fines being released.
Ortiz makes his Bellator MMA debut in 17 days at Bellator 120 against middleweight champion, Alexander Shlemenko in a light heavyweight bout in the company’s first foray into pay-per-view.