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Original face of UFC back in a big way

Originally Published: July 3, 2011
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- One thousand, seven hundred and sixteen days.

That's how long it had been since Tito Ortiz had his hand raised in the UFC Octagon before Saturday's first-round submission win over Ryan Bader.

But the former UFC light heavyweight champion, and really, the face of the organization, hadn't stopped raising his hands in the gym. After every sparring session, Ortiz would raise his arm triumphantly, basically willing it to happen again.

"It's been a long ...

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