The annual Fighters Only Icon Issue is an institution in mixed martial arts publishing. It is reserved only for those fighters who have truly transcended their role and become more than an athlete. Being the subject of an Icon Issue is recognition for services to the sport both in and out of the cage, as well as having achieved superstar status and mainstream recognition.
Previous incumbents of Icon Issue covers have been Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell. The achievements of both men need no recounting here, but they do serve as an example of the stature that our Icons are. In 2012, after extensive consultation, it was determined that Tito Ortiz was who fight fans felt deserved to the subject of his own Icon Issue.
Ortiz is one of the all-time greats in the cage and has been credited with both keeping the UFC alive in its dark days and helping it rise to its current prominence when the MMA boom took off. A record-setting champion in the light-heavyweight division, he has had some landmark fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and become an indelible part of its history.
But he was equally noteworthy outside the Octagon. Whether it was for feuding with Dana White, his relationship with Jenna Jameson or building his Punishment Athletics clothing label into a multi-million dollar enterprise, Ortiz has always pushed the envelope and has never been far from the news pages.
The Fighters Only 2012 Icon Issue: Tito Ortiz features an exclusive in-depth interview with the Huntington Beach Bad Boy in which no subject is off limits. We also received unprecedented access for our photographers and they have achieved some stunning imagery - including shots of his family and personal life - for this limited-edition issue.
Early batches have flown off the shelves and as this is a genuinely limited-edition run - because of the ink used for the cover image - some areas may not be able to re-supply. If you are having trouble getting hold of your copy, they are available directly from Fighters Only by mail order but again, numbers are limited. MMA fans are advised to buy early to avoid disappointment.