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.
“Yeah, I’ve buried the hatchet with Chuck 100 per cent,” Ortiz said. “You guys got to understand: I’m a loyal person. I love my friends. I’m an Aquarius to the tee. If you guys read horoscopes or so forth, read what an Aquarius is. I am exactly that person. I will fight for every one of my friends. I will honour my friends. I keep my word on everything I have. There are two things I’ll have for the rest of my life: my name and my word. I’ll never tarnish my name, and I’ll never not keep my word.
“And with Chuck, he was my bro. He was my homie. He was my friend. … I thought he was my friend, but I understand that money gets in the way of people’s eyes and what they should think about. And that’s the evil of all humans, I think, is money. And I guess we can say that we stood in the middle of that cage tonight, and it’s cool. It’s over. Done.”
Tito Ortiz now wants to retire and promote MMA in participation with Golden Boy Promotion.