The 205-pound contest headlined the first MMA event by Golden Boy Promotions.
The third match between the two living legends was supposed to take place at UFC 115, but Ortiz had to pull out of the fight due to an injury and Liddell fought late replacement former middleweight champion Rich Franklin instead and got knocked out cold, it would be his last fight in the octagon. Judging by what unfolded on Saturday night, it's tough to imagine Liddell lacing on the gloves again.
The fight started off slow, but after four minutes Ortiz dropped Liddell with a right-hand blow. "Let's find him someone that isn't a Tito Ortiz".
That's when Ortiz blasted "The lceman" with a right hand to the chin and Liddell's eyes rolled back as he crumbled to the canvas. He assured everyone that he was going to continue being more involved in mixed martial arts, but when it came to resuming his own career, Liddell was a little less committed.
Referee Herb Dean rushed into stop the contest with the end coming at 4:24 into the opening round.
"The whole game plan was never to do a takedown", Ortiz said about his lack of wrestling during the fight. "I wanted to box Chuck".
"I've gotta be respectful".
"You can't hold someone back", said Ortiz (H/T to MMAFighting). "You gave me an opportunity to show my skills". Thank you [Golden Boy Boxing] This is the beginning of something great! You made me work super, super hard. I appreciate you. You are a real champ..
At 48 years old, Liddell has not won a fight since 2007. Liddell vs Ortiz Live Stream - Can I watch the fight online? "I got out there and I got caught". I made a mistake and it is what it is. I wish I had performed better tonight for all the incredible people who came to support me. "There is nobody left I want to fight". I've got no excuses. I don't know, I don't know what I'm going to do.
Ortiz, of Huntington Beach, California, buried the hatchet with Liddell immediately after the bout, and even encouraged him to fight again. Well, it seems Ortiz actually delivered on his promise.