Ortiz then began attending Golden West, where he was a California junior college state champion and All-American for two consecutive years before transferring California State University at Bakersfield , where he continued wrestling but was never a full-time starter.
Still in college, Ortiz competed as an amateur for no prize money or contracts.
The fight ended in a draw after Ortiz was penalized for grabbing the fence.
Ortiz beat Shamrock for the third time in this fight, which was stopped in the first round due to strikes.
Ortiz took charge of the fight from the outset, taking Evans down and controlling him.
When Ortiz was eighteen years old, his mother kicked him out of the house and he began living with one of his brothers while doing labor work, and later became addicted to methamphetamines.
At the age of nineteen, Ortiz ran into an old high school wrestling coach, a future UFC fighter and the head wrestling coach at Golden West College , Paul Herrera, who encouraged him to enroll in the college.