If you're interested, here is the full video of the surgery.
Later, in 2013, Tito suffered yet another neck injury. This time, it was a fracture suffered while training for his Bellator debut bout against Rampage Jackson. This injury was not related to the previous fusion surgery, and as far as neck fractures are concerned, was apparently a minor injury. He was cleared to fight in January of 2014.
The neck injury was not the only issue Tito was dealing with in 2013. He also underwent ACL reconstruction that year. In fact, had he not suffered the neck injury, he would have entered his fight against Jackson less than six months after the ACL surgery. I believe that he had a cadaver graft for that surgery, and here is my 2013 article that I posted on BloodyElbow explaining why.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fractured skull that Ortiz suffered. Or at least he told us that was a contributing factor to his 2009 loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 106. However, the medical suspensions for that fight told a different story. (To be fair, Tito spoke of having herniated discs in his neck prior to the "cracked skull" comment.)
Ortiz is now 40 years old. He's on borrowed time in his MMA career. At this point, my wish is that he gets through his third Bellator fight tonight with no serious injuries.