Tito Ortiz beats Chuck Liddell

Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz

Earlier this year, the pair signed on to fight for the third time in Golden Boy Promotions' first-ever MMA event.

The outcome of the fight was met with collective sadness for Liddell, who had beaten Ortiz twice prior to falling in the trilogy match. Instead, he was overly passive while giving Liddell a chance to tire himself out before following through with the finish at 4:24 of the opening round. "I did it tonight by stopping Chuck Liddell, like I said I would".

"The whole game plan was never to take him down", Ortiz said.

"I came back. I got in great shape". Ortiz lost to Liddell via knockout in 2004 and '06, in a rivalry that helped build the sport. He didn't exactly address that after the fight but if this really is the end, he seemed to close out his Hall of Fame career on a high note by finally earning a win over Liddell.

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Leading up to the fight, Liddell insisted that he wasn't coming back for a single fight, a single payday, but wanted to continue fighting. Chuck, hey, you pushed me hard. You made me work super, super hard. I love all of you!

"You're a true champion, brother".

Ortiz, who is now on a two fight win streak, took to Twitter to thank his fans and Golden Boy promotions, stating it's the beginning of something great.

"I've got to be respectful". "He motivated me. I was ready for this fight and I got caught". I made a mistake. I don't think it was my best showing for sure but I got in shape and was ready for this fight. I have no excuses.

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