Birth Name: Jacob Christopher Ortiz
Place of Birth: Huntington Beach, Orange, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 23, 1975
*father – Mexican, including likely/possibly Native American, African, Creole
*mother – Portuguese-Hawaiian, Irish, French
Tito Ortiz is an American mixed martial arts fighter.
He is the son of Joyce and Samuel Ortiz. His father was born in Santa Ana, California, of Mexican descent. His mother was born in Hilo, Hawaii. In an interview on Vlad TV, Tito stated that he has Native American, Mexican, African, Creole, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Irish, French ancestry, the latter three specifically from his mother. It is not clear if all of these lineages have been verified/documented.
Tito has a son with his former wife Kristin, and two children with his former partner, adult film star Jenna Jameson.
Tito’s maternal grandfather was named Herman. Herman was a Pentecostal missionary. He had Irish ancestry.
Tito has stated that his maternal grandmother was from Portugal. He added that she also had French ancestry.
Tito has said:
I’m half Mexican. My father’s parents are from Mexico City. And my other half is from Hawaii and the Long Beach area. My mother’s father was born in Long Beach and my mother’s mother was born in Hawaii.
Tito has also said:
It seemed as I got older and as I got more mature, I started realizing that I have to accept where I come from. My father is from Santa Ana. His father is from Mexico City and I went to Mexico City about four years ago and I really looked at my heritage, seeing where my grandfather came from and I just kind of took it to heart. Why not embrace both heritages? And that’s what I do. My father’s full-blooded Mexican [and] my mother’s full-blooded American, so I grab a Mexican and an American flag. It’s what makes me strong when I walk into the Octagon.