Twelve years after his second knockout detriment to his sour opposition and associate UFC Hall of Famer, Tito Ortiz finally private a Chuck Liddell-sized gorilla from his back.
Ortiz (20-12-1) done certain his pre-fight prophecy of a first-round knockout would turn a existence when he patiently circled before tackling Liddell (21-9) with a span of opposite right hands to hit “The Iceman” out cold during The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The brash pay-per-view bout, promoted by fighting fable Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy MMA, incited out to be some-more unhappy and formidable to watch than a quarrel between dual legends with a total age of 91 even sounds on paper.
It fast became transparent that Liddell, 48, shouldn’t have been authorised anywhere nearby a enclosure nor protected to contest 8 full years after a contingent of aroused knockout waste forced him out of a sport. Not usually was a punch insurgency of a former UFC light heavyweight champion prolonged gone, he had troubles gripping his change or display any signs of coordination.
The 43-year-old Ortiz, who fought as recently as 2017 for Bellator MMA, seemed as if he could finish a quarrel during anytime by holding Liddell down. Instead, he was overly pacifist while giving Liddell a possibility to tire himself out before following by with a finish during 4:24 of a opening round.
“I work to try and compensate a bills and we do it to perform any and everybody of these fans,” Ortiz said. “I did it tonight by interlude Chuck Liddell, like we pronounced we would. The whole gameplay was not removing him into a takedown, we wanted to take Chuck Liddell out. You are not entrance behind after 8 years outward a enclosure to take me out. Hell no.”
Despite a years of loathing between them that helped fuel a span of high-profile bouts some-more than a decade ago, that played a pivotal purpose in UFC’s growth, a dual rivals embraced inside a enclosure after a fight.
“I have to be respectful,” Ortiz said. “Chuck Liddell, appreciate we for holding this quarrel dude. You gave me an event to uncover my skills and start this good thing we are going with Golden Boy MMA. Thank you, we pushed me hard, man. You done me work super, super hard.
“At a finish of a day Chuck, I’m deferential man. You gave me a possibility to do what we adore to do. You’re a f—ing loyal champion, bud.”
De La Hoya done both fighters equal partners with himself for a fight, that betrothed them a incomparable upside should a PPV do good than they reportedly perceived in any of their prior fights with UFC. Disclosed purses by a California State Athletic Commission saw Liddell acquire $250,000 and Ortiz take home $200,000 in guaranteed pay.
Ortiz, who had his iconic feat dance of shoveling mud over his opponent’s grave interrupted and stopped by California officials, urged other fighters to join Golden Boy MMA during his post-fight interview. Sadly, after teasing that he would change his mind on retiring, he urged Liddell to keep fighting and that he and De La Hoya would foster him.
Liddell, who hasn’t available a feat given his preference win over Wanderlei Silva in 2007, was neutral after a quarrel per his future.
“I came behind and got in good shape,” Liddell said. “He encouraged me. we was prepared for this quarrel and we got caught. we done a mistake and it is what it is. we don’t consider it was my best display for certain though we got in figure and was prepared for this fight. I’ve got no excuses. we done a integrate of mistakes. we started removing gentle in here and we got caught.
“We are going to have to lay behind and consider about [the future]. we don’t know, we don’t know what I’m going to do. we got out here and got behind in figure and got encouraged to do it and we wish we encouraged a lot of people to do a same. This is how champions do it. You have to destroy to succeed.”
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