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.
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.
Chuck Liddell took this loss on his chin and made no excuses about it.
“I showed up, no excuses,” Liddell told reporters at the press conference. “I was in great shape, ready to go, and he was the better man. So, there it is.”
He also said that he enjoyed the experience of returning to competition after eight long years.
“I loved being in there,” Liddell said. “You’ve got to understand, I love fighting. I never did this for money or fame. That’s not why I started. I did this because I love being out there. I was ready to go. I wish I had done a few things different, obviously, but it happens.”
He said it’s hard to explain his relationship with Tito, but he gave him full credit for the win.
“I don’t know what to say about (our relationship),” Liddell said. “I respect him. He gets in that ring. Anyone gets in that ring, and they close the door and fights, I respect them. I have respect for him, have respect for the job he did, and he got ready for the fight and came out and fought hard, and he beat me.”