This is the Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 live blog for the trilogy fight between Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz, a light heavyweight rematch at Golden Boy MMA’s inaugural event inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Liddell, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, knocked out Ortiz in their two previous meetings in 2004 and 2006. “The Iceman” has not fought since his first round knockout loss to Rich Franklin in 2010. Ortiz, also a former UFC champion, is coming off a submission win over Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 in 2017.
Check out the Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 live blog below:
Round 1: Herb Dean is the the third man in the cage for this one. Chuck plants his feet in the center of the cage and lobs in a lazy jab. Circling away, Liddell continues to paw at his opponent before jumping back to avoid a looping left hook. Ortiz attacks with a lead leg kick. Both men exchange one-two combinations but neither land anything significant. Ortiz shows no sign of respect for Liddell’s power as he doesn’t even dodge a series of jabs.
Liddell misses badly with an overhand right. Popping up, Liddell eats a left jab to the nose. Ortiz continues to find a home for his left jab but momentarily trips after missing with a straight right. Mocking his opponent, Ortiz uncorks a haymaker to the jaw of Liddell, sending him tumbling to the canvas.
Swarming in, Ortiz lands a barrage of bombs to his unconscious opponent’s skull, forcing the referee to the stop the fight.
Official result: Tito Ortiz def. Chuck Liddell via KO (punches) at 4:24 of R1