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.
The fight received massive criticism from MMA fans around the world and this reflected on the PPV number. The fight flopped massively on Box office as reports suggest that the numbers could be as low as 25,000 buys. Tito Ortiz said before the fight that he expects the fight to sell 200,000.
Lance Pugmire of LA times said that the PPV did around 30,000 buys.
Industry source tells me the Liddell-Ortiz PPV buys may be as low as 30,000….but the Tiger-Phil golf might reach 1 million (all refunded, but a glimpse of what a low price can generate).
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) November 30, 2018
Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports is hearing that the PPV event only managed to pull in 25,000 buys.
I’ve heard 25k for the fight
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) November 30, 2018