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Tito Ortiz cited for battery outside Las Vegas nightclub

Veteran mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz was cited for misdemeanor battery outside of a Las Vegas nightclub early Friday morning, following an alleged dispute with a woman over a cell phone.

A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed the citation to ESPN.com, following an initial report by TMZ.

Under Nevada law, conviction for misdemeanor battery carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or $1,000 fine.

According to public information officer Laura Meltzer, police were summoned to The Cromwell hotel at approximately 1:08 a.m. local time by the victim. Ortiz, 41, allegedly grew physical in an attempt to take her phone.

"The suspect was identified as Jacob Tito Ortiz," Meltzer said. "He allegedly attempted to take the victim's cell phone, at which point she called police. The result of the incident was a citation for misdemeanor battery."

Ortiz was not placed under arrest at the time of the citation. Representatives for the former UFC champion and current Bellator MMA light heavyweight did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

There is no scheduled court date for Ortiz (18-12-1). A professional fighter since 1997, Ortiz fought once in 2015, suffering a submission loss in September to Liam McGeary for Bellator's 205-pound title. Fighting out of Huntington Beach, California, Ortiz was expected to return to the cage later this year.