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'Ultimate Fighting' superstars make surprise stop in Baghdad
Pictured (l-r): Maj. Richard Dunbar, Tito Ortiz, CW3 Denise Jordan, Justin McCully and Maj. Andrew Roberts. - photo by photo submitted
Baghdad, Iraq — Maj. Richard Dunbar and other U.S. Army personnel at Camp Victory, Iraq received a surprise visit Aug. 1 from one of the biggest stars in the UFC, Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz.
The visit by UFC fighters, Tito Ortiz and Justin “The Insane 1” McCully provided a  morale boost to the soldiers who witnessed the event.
“It was a great way to break up the monotony at work,”  Dunbar said.
Currently, Dunbar is the deputy chief of information operations for the 3rd Infantry Division that deployed from Fort Stewart in March 2007.  
Dunbar is a native of Leland, Miss., and is serving his third tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He deployed May 2007, shortly after his wife gave birth to their first child, Rashard Amari Dunbar.  
Maj. Dunbar said he is pleased with the significant impact U.S. and Coalition Forces are making in Iraq but acknowledges there is more work to be done.
The sacrifices are vast but with the continued support of his wife, Shelnatta, family members and friends the tour is less taxing, he said.  
Tito Ortiz is originally from Huntington Beach, CA and trains with Team Punishment in Huntington Beach, CA. His mixed martial arts record is 16-5-0. He weighs in at 204 lbs. and is 6’2” in height.
Tito is the former UFC light heavy weight champion.
Justin McCully, originally from Washington D.C., trains with Tito in Huntington Beach, Calif. His mixed martial arts record is 8-3-2. He weighs in at 240 lbs. and is 6’2” in height.
The fighters were reportedly very excited to visit troops in Iraq and plan to meet with wounded service members at both Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and the National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., in the near future.
Overall, it was a fantastic visit enjoyed by all involved.
The troops look forward to the next big superstar that will take time out of their busy schedule to visit soldiers deployed on the frontline.
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