Former UFC champion Tito Ortiz's brief, stormy tenure as mayor pro tem and member of the Huntington Beach, CA city council is over. The man once known as "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" resigned his position Tuesday night saying "This job isn't working for me."
Ortiz had been elected last November with the most votes of any new council member while peddling conspiracy theories and taking an anti-mask stance during the coronavirus pandemic. He quickly came into conflict with the rest of the city council as he refused to wear a mask to meetings. In February he filed an unemployment claim with the city despite receiving a stipend as a councilman and owning two businesses in the area. Ortiz, who held the UFC light heavyweight title from 2000-2003 and last fought in December 2019, said he made the decision to resign out of concerns for his children's safety. His two sons were recently in the news after being sent home from school for refusing to wear masks.