Tito Ortiz was finally able to exact revenge on Chuck Liddell this evening in Inglewood, California.
The bitter rivals sqaured off for the third time in their career tonight at The Forum, this time competing under the Golden Boy MMA banner.
Despite having lost the pairs first two fights via knockout at UFC 47 and UFC 66, Tito Ortiz entered tonight’s main event as the betting favorite.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion, Ortiz, proved oddsmakers correct this evening. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” made easy work of the “Iceman”, disposing of Chuck Liddell in the very first round.
Ortiz utilized a ton of pressure to back Liddell up against the fence. Tito then landed a crushing overhand right that sent Chuck crashing to the canvas.
Ortiz electrifying knockout sparked a ton of fighter reactions on social media.
Following his empathic win, Tito Ortiz announced that he would be retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts.
“I’m done.” Ortiz said when asked if this was it at tonight’s post-fight press conference. “There is nobody left I want to fight. I just want to continue to help the sports grow as a promoter. I want to help give back to the fighters.”
If this is the end for the soon to be 44-year-old it has been nothing short of an amazing run Tito Ortiz.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” would end his illustrious mixed martial arts career with a 20-12-1 overall record.
Tito Ortiz captured the UFC light heavyweight title in April of 2000 defeating Wanerlei Silva via decision at UFC 25.
The proud “Team Punishment” founder would go on to defend that title five times before eventually surrendering the belt to Randy Couture in September of 2003.
During his phenomenal career Tito Ortiz scored wins over many notable fighters including Guy Mezger, Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Wanderlei Silva, Ken Shamrock, Patrick Cote, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Ryan Bader, Alexander Shlemenko, Stephan Bonner, Chael Sonnen, and Chuck Liddell.
Hats off to Tito Ortiz on amazing career that ended on a two-fight winning streak.