Tito Ortiz Handed Three Years Probation For DUI Charge

Former UFC star and current Bellator fighter Tito Ortiz has escaped a jail sentence for a DUI charge after crashing his car after attending a Playboy mansion party in Beverly Hills, California back in January.

Instead, Ortiz, who pleaded no-contest to the charge to escape a potential six month jail setence, was handed three years probation along with an undisclosed fine and having to enroll in an alcohol education program.

As such the 39 year-old is now cleared to make his Bellator debut at their first ever pay-per-view event on May 17th where he’s scheduled to face current middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko on the main card.

The former UFC light-heavyweight champion hasn’t fought since July of 2012 when he lost by decision to Forrest Griffin in their third Octagon encounter. It marked his seventh loss in nine fights and lead to him announcing his retirement, but Bellator have since managed to tempt him to put on his gloves again.

Originally he was supposed to fight Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at a Bellator PPV event late last year, but he had to cancel at short notice after suffering a neck injury which resulted in the pay-per-view being canceled.

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