Here’s the thing.
During his peak, I wasn’t a fan of his. Everything you pointed out, most fans weren’t able to see it at the time. I was never impressed with his fame versus his accomplishments. He was, and has been easy to make fun of.
I admit all of this.
However, over the years, I have learned to put more appreciation into the good acts of a man, the qualities of good character start to outweigh the athletic accomplishments.
That being said, of the two mma fighters I have heard so many fans speak highly of, is Jeremy Horn, and Tito Ortiz.
I have heard personal stories involving Tank which were very believable and your typical assumpion of what it’d be like to interact with Tank back in his hey day.
In summary, I give Tito the benefit of doubt based on hundreds of people I have seen here and elsewhere speak of his character.