Combate Americas fighter and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz has long expressed his love for professional wrestling. In the 90s he told HOOKnSHOOT founder Jeff Osborne that making $300,000 a year rassling sounded pretty good in comparison with doing NHB and becoming an actual thousandaire. In 2005 he was a guest referee for an NWA World Championship match. The same year he refereed a match for TNA's Bound For Glory pay-per-view. And in 2013 he was briefly part of TNA's Aces and Eights storyline.
Most recently, in a TMZ interview, Ortiz implied he was in talks with the WWE. Now Dave Meltzer reports on his Wrestling Observer Radio that that has apparently come to fruition - Ortiz has begun training at the WWE Performance Center.
"Tito Ortiz is training to be a professional wrestler at the Performance Center," said Meltzer, as transcribed by Wrestling News, "He was there all week and I heard great things about his work ethic, his enthusiasm.”
Ortiz is 45, has a history of serious neck and back issues, so is not likely to do more than a few professional wrestling bouts. And he signed a multi-fight a contract with Comabte in June of 2019, so will presumably be straddling both worlds at some point in the not too distant future.