MMA world in shock over brutal KO of 48-year-old

MMA world in shock over brutal KO of 48-year-old

MMA world in shock over brutal KO of 48-year-old

The event marked Golden Boy's first MMA event.

Since Liddell retired from the sport of MMA seven years ago, Ortiz fought nine times. Judging by what unfolded on Saturday night, it's tough to imagine Liddell lacing on the gloves again. But once the fight started he looked slow and a shell of his former self. Once he unleashed the best combination he could muster, Liddell fell back into the cage and left himself vulnerable. Ortiz slammed a right hand onto his face, knocking him cold.

After a couple of minutes of feeling out Liddell, Ortiz went in for the kill.

Referee Herb Dean rushed into stop the contest with the end coming at 4:24 into the opening round. My only regret is the friends and family that I wanted to win for. Chuck hasn't fought since retiring in 2010 after suffering 3 losses back to back by KO.

"I've gotta be respectful. Chuck Liddell, thank you for taking this fight", Ortiz said. "You gave me an opportunity to show my skills". Chuck, hey, you pushed me hard. You made me work super hard. I appreciate you. You are a real champ.”.

"You're a true champion, brother".

The former UFC champs fought in 2004 and 2006, and Liddell stopped his fellow star in both scraps. "I was ready for this fight", Liddell said after the loss. I made a mistake and it is what it is. I've got no excuses. "I don't know what I'm going to do". Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on Fite TV.

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