It is Liddell who holds a two fight lead in the series with Ortiz, earning victories at UFC 47 and UFC 66. But once the fight started he looked slow and a shell of his former self. Ortiz slammed a right hand onto his face, knocking him cold.
Ortiz seemed pretty elated to finally get one over on his longtime foe but all in all, seeing a 43-year-old defeat a 48-year-old was exactly as odd a spectacle as you would expect. Liddell vs Ortiz 3 Live Stream - What channel is the fight on?
Referee Herb Dean rushed into stop the contest with the end coming at 4:24 into the opening round. Ortiz lost to Liddell via knockout in 2004 and '06, in a rivalry that helped build the sport.More news: Eddie Jones defends under fire Australian coach Michael Cheika
"The whole game plan was never to do a takedown", Ortiz said about his lack of wrestling during the fight. I wanted this test!
"I've gotta be respectful". Thank you, you pushed me hard, man. You know how much your dad works.. I appreciate you. You are a real champ.. "You're a f-king true champion, brother".
Ortiz also declined to speculate if he will fight again and encouraged Liddell to continue fighting afterwards. I made a mistake and it is what it is. "He motivated me. I was ready for this fight and I got caught". I have no excuses.
Im going to have to sit back and really think about whats next.. After the fight, Ortiz made it known that he doesn't think Liddell should have even accepted this fight. After the fight, he addressed the matter again. Well, it seems Ortiz actually delivered on his promise.