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Tito Ortiz gets revenge on Chuck Liddell with vicious knockout in trilogy

MMAJunkie logo MMAJunkie 11/25/2018 Simon Samano
Tito Ortiz et al. posing for the camera: File Photo © Dave Mandel - USA TODAY Sports File Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Twelve years later, Tito Ortiz has his revenge against Chuck Liddell.

The UFC Hall of Famers had their trilogy fight Saturday night in the headliner of Golden Boy's first MMA event. The result was different from the previous two encounters, with Ortiz winning by vicious first-round knockout to secure redemption at The Forum.

Liddell (21-9) had finished Ortiz (20-12-1) twice before in 2004 and 2006 at UFC 47 and UFC 66, respectively. Still, more than a decade later, the trilogy was put together by Oscar De La Hoya's boxing promotion. Liddell hadn't fought since 2010.

The outcome should put to rest what has been a longstanding bitter feud between Ortiz, 43, and Liddell, 48. It was Liddell's first fight since June 2010. Afterward, the two MMA legends hugged and seemingly buried the hatchet.

As for the fight, both Ortiz and Liddell came out measured in their approaches, thought it was Ortiz who stalked Liddell on the outside of the cage. Ortiz won a few brief exchanges, and his confidence seemed to grow as the first round wore on, so much so that he taunted Liddell by daring him to hit him in the chin.

It was moments later that they engaged in another flurry of punches, with Ortiz landing a straight right that immediately dropped Liddell to the canvas. The referee wasted little time in stepping in, and the fight was over.

Asked if this was the final fight of his career, Ortiz only smiled and declined to answer.

Complete Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 results include:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 9 p.m. ET)

Tito Ortiz def. Chuck Liddell via knockout (punch) - Round 1, 4:24

Deron Winn def. Tom Lawlor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Gleison Tibau def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ricky Palacios def. Walel Watson via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 3:56

James Barnes def. Alberto Morales via submission (armbar) - Round 3, 4:09

Jay Silva def. Oscar Cota via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 3, 2:13

PRELIMINARY CARD (7:30 p.m. ET Facebook)

Johnny Cisneros def. Dave Terrel via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Fernie Garcia def. Joe Roye via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:48

Francisco Estrada def. Jose Huerta via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 2:47

Keith Berry vs. Joseph Henle

Joshua Jones vs. Craig Wilkerson


Noah Christy def. Casey Smith via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

Josh Wang Kim def. Johnny Robles via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 1:56

Mary Almario def. Tyler Schaefer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

John Wang Kim def. Mauro Gutierrez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Julianna Miller def. Sidney Trillo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

For more on " Golden Boy MMA: Liddell vs. Ortiz," check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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