Tito Ortiz Knocks Out Chuck Liddell In First Round Of Trilogy Fight

MMA world in shock over brutal KO of 48-year-old

Liddell took his first fight since June of 2010, facing longtime rival Tito Ortiz for a trilogy bout under Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions banner. The victory might ring somewhat hollow considering Liddell didn't look anywhere near the same fighter who earned those two knockouts more than a decade ago but Ortiz definitely gained a sense of redemption in what is likely the final fight of his legendary career.

In the fight, Ortiz evaded nearly every attack easily before he stopped Liddell with a violent right hand.

The third match between the two living legends was supposed to take place at UFC 115, but Ortiz had to pull out of the fight due to an injury and Liddell fought late replacement former middleweight champion Rich Franklin instead and got knocked out cold, it would be his last fight in the octagon. "I was ready for this fight", he said. "There is nobody left I want to fight. Let's promote your name and get you to signings and do other means of making money'". "The Iceman" was hoping the fight would be a springboard for a return to regular action, but that appears far off after the result.

So, go ahead: Tell Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz they can't fight anymore.

"You can't hold someone back", said Ortiz (H/T to MMAFighting). I wanted to give my best performance but I came short.”.

Shortly following his emphatic victory on Saturday night, Tito Ortiz announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts. If wants to compete, then let him compete. Maybe not as a main event, of course.

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