Who is the greatest light heavyweight ever in the UFC?

My opinion……Tito Ortiz
here’s why
He is a 6 time light heavyweight champion.
longest reign in any division in the ufc……3 1/2 years as title holder.
notable wins over
Jerry Bohlander (UFC 12 Lightweight winner)
Guy Mezger (UFC 13 winner)
Wanderlei Silva (4 time Pride middleweight champion)
Evan Tanner (UFC Middleweight champion)
Ken Shamrock (3-time UFC Superfight Champion)
Vitor Belfort (UFC 12 heavyweight winner, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)
Forrest Griffin (TUF 1 winner, Current UFC light heavyweight champion)

Coach of TUF 3
Biggest Pay-Per-View draw of 2006
CEO of Punishment Athletics
Author of "This is Gonna Hurt"

Can he beat chuck or randy…..no.
but he has done more for the ufc than those 2

Chuck Liddell
Heres why: I am a big fan of Tito Ortiz but he often fought middle weights fighting in the light heavyweight division. Most of them were cans. The only good guys he has beat were Belfort, Silva, and Griffin. He laid on top of Silva for 5 rounds and the fights against Griffin and Belfort were really close.

Liddell has knocked out:
Kevin Randleman
Guy Mezger
Bobalu (2)
Randy Couture (2)
Alistair Overeem
Tito Ortiz (2)
Vernon White
Jeremy Horn

He has beat:
Jeff Monson
Murilo Bustamante
Wanderlei Silva
all by decision

He put his title shot up twice when Tito refused to fight him also.

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10 Responses to Who is the greatest light heavyweight ever in the UFC?

  1. Windseeker_1 says:

    Frank Shamrock retired 5 time defender and I personally enjoyed his fights much more than Tito’s. He’s a much more rounded fighter than Tito and actually beat him early on in his career. I really don’t care for Tito’s lack of sportsmanship attitude after winning a fight and enjoy watching him get beat because of it. It was hilarious to see him almost cry the first time Chuck whooped his ass.References :

  2. Q. Heavy says:

    Tito is indeed great…but…I think you’re really overlooking SylvaReferences :

  3. dr_whigham says:

    Kevin L,
    I couldn’t agee with you more. When I first saw the question posted, that’s exactly who came to mind. Yeah, he used to be unsportsmanlike, but that changed as he grew up along with the UFC. I personally still like Tito, but I think he’s done in the UFC. I’ve got a source that tells me he’s in talks with Affliction. Credible? I’d say so, considering The Donald is a friend of his.References :

  4. SMITIMB says:

    You made that question tough didn’t you. If you asked which weight division in MMA has historically been the greatest in the UFC, I would’ve picked light heavy weight.

    Me and Dr. Whigh are being honest. When I read your question Tito was the first to pop into my mind also. Even before I opening your question and description. I bet any long term fan at least hand that cross their brain – first instinct you know.

    think he was the hottest right at the sports cusp in the new format when fighters started getting paid a lot and reasonable rules were implemented. Also, if you look at his record. He’s never scooped up an unworthy opponent. He always fights somebody really tough.

    To be fair, though – you can’t just say one person is the greatest. You can’t name the best football player, the best base ball player, or really the best at any sport.References :

  5. ty13rh says:

    well personally i would go with tito even tho he never beat chuck but hes kinda the oscar de la hoya of mma he always has the big money fights and for the most part very entertaing,also the ufc wouldnt have devolped the way it has without a charceter like tito,but u also have to consider he accompilsment are way more than almost every other fight out of the cage to ,with of course jenna jameson.

    FYI. sylvanot lhwReferences :

  6. kempo_jujitsu77 says:

    no way tito "poster boy" ortiz has done more for the sport of mma than randy couture…noone has… bar none.

    he is a true ambassador who traveled all over the country trying to get it legalized, literally making his case to the courts, and senators.
    randy is the all time greatest fighter in ufc history in my opinion. he’s beaten everyone there is to beat who’s worth beating practically…and in more than one weight division. and well…he literally spanked tito’s *ss…that’s just priceless.
    and he did it all respectfully, honestly, and without having to flap his jaws all day long about his opponent. not to mention….he’s twice everyone else’s age!!! the greatest.

    all i ever saw tito do was run his mouth, and talk smack about everyone. if he’s so much better why does he feel the need to "get in their head"? …not saying he wasnt a good fighter…but the greatest? no way.

    as far as fighting goes in that specific weight class, other than randy i’d go with chuck. he’s a tough bastard and tito can’t beat him on his worst day…which afterall is what the ufc is all about right?References :

  7. clowns says:

    kick @ss fighter indeed but the record for cosecutive title defences is Five which was set by him and tied by Matt Hughes. I think the greatest LHW in UFC history is Chuck LIddel. He Beat Tito twice Bobalu twice. Well he beat just about every one. And I do think Chuck has done just as much and Randy has done moreReferences : This is all just my oppinion vs your oppinion. neither is right or wrong

  8. John D says:

    Frank and Ken Shamrock are cool!
    Ken lost because Ken was old and had injures. Tito got creamed by Frank Shamrock. Tito had a tough time against Rashad Evens. In a rematch Rashad will win. But Tito is a fighter who needs to be appreciated because he puts his life out on the line for our entertainment. So he is alright. He has an attitude but we have to forgive him. I think in Pride he would of been out of his league.References :

  9. Seabiscuit says:

    The IcemanReferences :

  10. jshep714 says:

    Chuck Liddell
    Heres why: I am a big fan of Tito Ortiz but he often fought middle weights fighting in the light heavyweight division. Most of them were cans. The only good guys he has beat were Belfort, Silva, and Griffin. He laid on top of Silva for 5 rounds and the fights against Griffin and Belfort were really close.

    Liddell has knocked out:
    Kevin Randleman
    Guy Mezger
    Bobalu (2)
    Randy Couture (2)
    Alistair Overeem
    Tito Ortiz (2)
    Vernon White
    Jeremy Horn

    He has beat:
    Jeff Monson
    Murilo Bustamante
    Wanderlei Silva
    all by decision

    He put his title shot up twice when Tito refused to fight him also.References :

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