By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Tito Ortiz defeated Chuck Liddell in the first-round of the Golden Boy MMA event at The Forum in Inglewood, California. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” won by knockout (punches) at 4:24.
This is Ortiz’s first win in the trilogy. He previously was 0-2. This was the first meeting between the two since 2006.
This was Golden Boy’s first foray into mixed martial arts. They are primarily known for boxing.
Ortiz improved to 20-12-1 in his MMA career. He picked up his ninth knockout win of his career.
This was Ortiz’s first fight in the Octagon since January 21st, 2017. However, he has won his last two bouts.
Besides knocking out Liddell, he also defeated Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170. He won this fight with a submission (rear-naked choke) in the first-round.
The 43-year-old Ortiz lost the second meeting with Liddell at UFC 66. Liddell had a TKO (Punches) win over Ortiz in the third-round on December 30th, 2006.
Two years earlier, Liddell also won at UFC 47. He won by KO (Punches) in the second-round on April 2nd, 2004.
The 48-year-old “Iceman” fell to 21-9 in his MMA career. This may also be his final MMA battle.
Liddell returned to action for the first-time in eight-years. He had not fought prior to this Ortiz fight since June 12th, 2010 when he lost via a knockout to Rich Franklin in the first-round.
The San Luis Obispo, California fighter likely ends his career on a four-fight losing streak. He also was defeated by Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua in the losing streak.
He had not won a fight since December 29th, 2007. He defeated Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 by a unanimous decision.
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