MMA fighter Tito Ortiz retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

MMA legend Tito Ortiz has retired from competing in mixed martial arts. His final bout was on Saturday.

In the trilogy with Chuck Liddell, Ortiz won for the first-time in the three-fight series. He was previously 0-2 against “The Iceman.”

MMA legend Tito Ortiz fighting fellow legend Chuck Liddell in the trilogy at The Forum
Tito Ortiz fighting Chuck Liddell in the trilogy at The Forum (Getty Images)

Ortiz knocked out Liddell in the first-round of their fight at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight ended near the end of the round.

Coming into the trilogy fight with Liddell — who was making his first appearance in the Octagon in more than eight years — Ortiz trailed 0-2 in the series.

Liddell last defeated Ortiz at UFC 66 on December 30th, 2006 via a TKO (Punches) decision in the third-round. He also won the initial meeting between the team on April 2nd, 2004 at UFC 47, as he won via KO (Punches) in the second-round.

The Huntington Beach Bad Boy announces his retirement on “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show.”

The 43-year-old Huntington Beach, California native ended his career with a 20-12-1 record. He had nine knockouts with six decision wins. He also won five fights by submission.

Five of his losses came via knockout. He also suffered five losses by decision. Two of the losses were by submission.

He won the final two fights of his career. Besides knockout out Liddell, he also won via a submission (rear-naked choke) in the first-round against Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170.

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