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When the fight ended, the two former rivals buried their feud and embraced. Ortiz wins and is doing his "Grave Digger" celebration. a.m.: It is now time for the main event as Chuck Liddell battles Tito Ortiz for the third time. But this will be the first time that the former UFC light heavyweight champion has fought since June 2015 at UFC 115, when he got knocked out by Rich Franklin.
Ortiz was asked by Frank Mir if beating his greatest rival would signal the end to his storied career. Ortiz last competed in January 2017, submitting Chael Sonnen in the first round.
When they re-matched at UFC 71 for Liddell's Light-Heavyweight championship, Jackson was able to defeat Liddell a second time, this time by knockout in just under two minutes of the first round.
The pair have fought twice before, with Liddell stopping ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ in 20 in the UFC, the company in which both men made their names.He was stalking the slower Liddell (21-9) and it even got to the point where Ortiz dropped both of his hands and begged Liddell to hit him in the chin.Ortiz (20-12-1) connected on a straight right hand to the chin immediately followed by a left hand and then a devastating right that sent Liddell crashing to the ground.Couture had beaten Liddell at UFC 43 and this was the rematch after the two men had appeared as coaches on the first season of the UFC reality TV series The Ultimate Fighter.
Liddell became the first and only man to ever knock Randy Couture out, successfully winning the Light-Heavyweight championship in just two minutes of the first round.Liddell had 23 fights in the UFC, and along with Randy Couture, is widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment. Sobral, UFC 76: Knockout, UFC: Ultimate Submissions, UFC: The Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights: Vol. Liddell dominated Jose "Pelé" Landi-Jons in Pele's home country of Brazil at International Vale Tudo Championship 6.