Tito Ortiz Retires After A Brutal KO Win Over Chuck Liddell
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell seems noncommital about his retirement, but longtime rival Tito Ortiz announced his retirement from the sports of MMA following a brutal first-round knockout win over ‘The Iceman’ in a trilogy bout on Saturday night Nov, 24 from inside The Forum in Inglewood, California under the Golden Boy Promotions.
Ortiz, who already suffered two KO/TKO losses at the hands of Liddell at UFC 47 and UFC 66, but last night ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ earn an emphatic win over Liddell and shortly after he announced that he’d be hanging his gloves for good but will remain active as a fight promoter.
“I’m done,” Ortiz said at the post-fight press conference at The Forum in Inglewood, California (h/t BJPenn.com). “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.
Tito Ortiz last competed in 2017 when he scores a submission win over Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 main event. Former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer left UFC back in 2012 but went on to fight under the Bellator banner, won three of his four fights in that promotion.
During his storied career, ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ scores a notable wins over the likes of Evan Tanner, Wanderlei Silva, Ken Shamrock, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Patrick Cote, Ryan Bader, Alexander Shlemenko, Chael Sonnen, Stephan Bonner, and Chuck Liddell. He ended his career on a two-fight winning streak note with 20-12-1 overall record.
Meanwhile, UFC legend Liddell last fought eight years ago and announced retirement from sports after suffering three consecutive knockout losses.