Like Black Lives Matter protesters, Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz, 45, of Huntington Beach, California, United States condemns Derek Chauvin‘s decision to kneel on George Floyd‘s neck. Despite this, the mixed martial arts veteran still has faith in police officers.
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Ortiz said that “cops are the good guys.” He also mentioned his plan on becoming a police officer after retiring from MMA.
“It just depends on what ranking I want to do,” Ortiz told the publication. “Do I want to be a sheriff or do I want to be a police officer? I haven’t really made my decision yet.”
“I’m actually going to go to L.A. in the next few days and go do a ride-along with one of my friends,” Ortiz continued. “I’ll be fighting one more time this year. I want to hang ’em up but I want to do something else that will not just keep that excitement going but just do what’s right for the country, do what’s right for the city, for my city.”
Ortiz has been an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump, 73, who is running against Joe Biden, 77, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. While criticizing Biden, the MMA fighter revealed that he is one of those who believe that Floyd died from a heart attack and not from suffocation.
“All of the sudden, when Biden said ‘If you ain’t vote for me you ain’t black, (I asked), ‘What’s the best way to do it?'” Ortiz said. “(They probably said) ‘Oh, let’s go ahead and let a officer supposedly kill a black guy.'”
“You know he died from a heart condition, right?” Ortiz said of Floyd. “It wasn’t suffocation. (It’s) crazy. It’s not right.”
“I’m not saying it’s right,” Ortiz said of the way Chauvin arrested Floyd. “It’s completely wrong. The cop should have never did that but the cop that got arrested looks nothing like the cop that did it.”
As an MMA fighter, Ortiz made his professional debut and the Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 1997. He reigned as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion from April 14, 2000 to June 6, 2003.
Currently, Ortiz is riding a three-bout winning streak and he holds a professional MMA record of 21 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw. In his most recent bout, which was at “Combate Americas 51” in McAllen, Texas, USA on December 7, 2019, he submitted Alberto El Patron, 43, of Mexico via rear-naked choke.