Finally, after a long wait of 14 years, Tito Ortiz finally got his revenge as he knocked out his longtime rival Chuck Liddell in the first round of their fight today at the Forum in Los Angeles.
This fight was a trilogy promoted by Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya of Chuck and Tito’s classic fights which took place back in 2004 and 2006. Both of which were won by Chuck Liddell.
For Chael Sonnen, this event was nothing sort of a ‘disaster’.
Both fighters started out cautious and measured their punches. with Oritz stalking Liddell for the majority of the round and landing few exchanges. 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 immediately jumped to stop the fight.
“Oscar is not passionate about mixed martial arts, and that was very clear and very obvious,” said Sonnen, who lost to Ortiz last year at Bellator 170. “And when it comes to storytelling and building anticipation, you cannot just set up a ring, and the rest of it takes care of itself. I’ve heard fighters threaten that they were going to leave a promotion and start their own promotion. Go ahead. Go right ahead. That’s essentially what we saw here.
“So, Chuck and Tito come together, go to Oscar, pitch him on an idea that Oscar was never passionate about, he was never behind, with a story that he simply did not know how to tell. It doesn’t make Oscar a bad promoter. The lesson to learn in this is: You got to stay in your lane.”
MMA fans, in general, were unhappy about the trilogy event and not directed a lot of criticism towards CEO of Golden boy promotions, Oscar De La Hoya.