Once, Twice, Three Times No Maybes
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Oct. 10 — Tito
Ortiz (Pictures) heard the excuses. After his
first fight with Ken Shamrock
(Pictures) he heard all about the knee
injury that did not let Shamrock fight up to his full potential.
And he surely heard the boos and taunts after his 78-second
dismantling of “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” this past July. The
only thing he heard after Tuesday’s fight was the adoring cheers of
a crowd once again in love with the former UFC light heavyweight
In an eerily similar sequence to their July bout, Ortiz secured a
takedown and went to work early in the first round with his
trademark scalpel-like elbows. After softening Shamrock up, Ortiz
went to the heavy artillery, riddling his archrival with a series
of punches that relieved the veteran of his faculties.
Shamrock’s referee of choice, “Big” John McCarthy, was there to
rescue the fallen fighter at the 2:23 mark of the first round. As
Shamrock lay prone on the mat, his right leg stiff and protruding
into the air, Ortiz climbed the cage in celebration before breaking
out his “grave digger” celebration.
“He felt a lot stronger than he did last time,” Ortiz said of the
42-year-old Shamrock. “I was just working to the body. I hit him to
the rib really hard and he fought, he fought really tough. I hit
him with a really good elbow and I felt him go limp. I hit really,
really hard elbows. I hit him with a couple of really good shots
off the bat and I felt his arms go limp. I just got a flashback of
the last time we fought. This time I was going to finish it with
punches instead of elbows. [Referee John] McCarthy says 'Ken,
defend yourself' and at that time I hit him with five or six really
hard punches. McCarthy did his job, stepped in the middle and the
fight ended the way I wanted it to end, with a knockout."
Ortiz and Shamrock also apparently buried the hatched in their
long-running soap opera.
"Me and Ken had our differences inside this Octagon,” Ortiz said.
“We finally got our dispute settled between each other. I apologize
for the antics I did after. It's a part of the game, part of
“I want to thank you for giving a great fight,” he told Shamrock.
“You know, you've always been an awesome guy and someone I looked
up to, so you know what you've made me a better fighter.”
Ortiz will now face UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (Pictures) on December 30, another rematch
for “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” of a fight that has left a
bitter taste in his mouth for over two years now.
Ortiz will be a heavy underdog against the man who took him out
fairly easily in their first fight. But with his ultimate goal in
sight — the title that he covets so much — Ortiz promises a
different kind of performance for December.
“I am a totally, completely different fighter than then,” Ortiz
said. “I’m a lot more mature, you know. I’m a lot wiser and I train
the right way now. It’s just one of those things that this fight, I
wanna do it. The last time I fought, I got pressed into something I
didn’t wanna do.”
As for Shamrock, his future is still up in the air. A third loss to
Ortiz cemented the fact that he just does not measure up to the
younger fighters now prowling the upper echelons of the mixed
martial arts world.
Shamrock told Sherdog.com that while his mind and spirit are still
willing, his body just cannot deliver the way it once did.
“[In] my heart and my mind, I’m still, I’m still a competitor — but
my body’s just not following,” the 13-year UFC veteran said. “So
it’s a pretty strong realization that I just can’t compete with
these guys anymore.”
Shamrock also alluded to his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan,
where it sounded like Shamrock had announced his retirement. “I
didn’t wanna lead anyone on whether I was gonna retire or not
retire, but I don’t wanna lead anyone on to think that I’m going to
be back either.”
“I’m not leaning one way or the other right now. I’m just gonna
relax a little bit,” declared Shamrock, who said he wanted to take
some time to reflect on the situation with his family and agent
before coming to a final decision.
Televised Under Card
(Pictures) defeated the previously
unbeaten Chris Price,
needing less than four minutes to put him away with a vicious
Grove, fighting for the first time since winning season three’s
middleweight contract on The Ultimate Fighter, showed off an
impressive top game, something he undoubtedly has improved since
training full time with Tito
The finishing sequence saw Grove move to the mount and unload an
impressive barrage of elbows to a helpless Price, who was forced to
tap at 3:59 of the opening frame.
While Ed Herman (Pictures) came in as the favorite in his
bout against Canadian Jason
MacDonald (Pictures), well-informed observers knew it
would be no walk in the park for the Team Quest fighter. It ended
up turning into a nightmare for Herman, as he quickly found himself
in the unenviable position of defending a deep triangle choke.
MacDonald worked for the choke from the moment the fight hit the
mat and at the 2:43 mark of the first round he had no choice but to
tapout or go to sleep.
Matt Hamill jumped into
the deep end early in his career as a mixed martial artist. Taking
on a very seasoned veteran in Seth Petruzelli (Pictures), Hamill was looking to make a
statement. That statement was made loud and clear after Hamill took
it to his more experienced opponent for much of the 15-minute
The only bobble for Hamill came in the second round when he was
dropped to the mat with a head kick. But he quickly recovered and
took Petruzelli down to the canvas where the powerful wrestler had
a marked advantage.
By dominating rounds one and three, Hamill secured the unanimous
decision with scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
Off Television Bouts
(Pictures) continued his climb up the
ladder that is the UFC middleweight division with a submission
victory over Crafton
Taking on a veteran kickboxer in Wallace, an opponent Marquardt
told Sherdog.com he knew next to nothing about, Nate “The Great”
showed good poise and finished in a flash early in the second
The beginning of the end came when Wallace tried to kick Marquardt
in the opening moments of the second stanza. The Greg Jackson-trained Marquardt
caught the kick and swept Wallace’s plant leg. It was a done deal
once it hit the mat and Marquardt was able to sink a rear-naked
choke at 1:14 of the second period after Wallace gave up his back
shortly after the bout hit the ground.
Tony DeSouza (Pictures) made a successful return after a
five-year hiatus from fighting in the UFC. Taking on a young and
Hazelett (Pictures), DeSouza showed the composure of
a veteran as he worked himself free from a dangerous triangle choke
in the early going.
Once liberated, DeSouza passed to side-control where he secured a
painful looking Kimura that elicited the tapout from Hazelett at
3:59 of the first round.
In what was named the fight of the night, Rory Singer and Josh Haynes (Pictures), both veterans of The Ultimate
Fighter, thrilled the crowd with 15 minutes of nonstop
Highlights of the bout included Singer’s head kick near the end of
the first frame, a brutal strike that spun Haynes violently into
the cage and cut him on the bridge of the nose. With only seconds
remaining in the round, Haynes was able to survive. Haynes had his
moment in the second period when he landed a lead left-overhand
right combination that sent Singer careening to the canvas.
Singer, too, was able to recover, taking a dominating third round —
a round that saw the fight stopped on two occasions to check the
bloody cut on Haynes’ nose — to win a unanimous decision with
scores of 29-28 on all three judge’s cards.
Singer and Haynes reportedly earned $15,000 bonuses for the fight
of the night.
Thiago Alves (Pictures) was the hometown favorite in his
bout with John Alessio
(Pictures) and he did not disappoint.
From the get go, Alves chopped away at Alessio’s lead left leg,
first to the inside and later to the outside.
It became apparent in the early going that Alessio would not be
able to implement his game plan of taking the fight to the ground,
as Alves consistently rebuffed his takedown attempts. With superior
striking ability, Alves garnered the unanimous decision win by
scores of 30-27 on all cards.
Marcus Davis scored the
biggest win of his MMA career by taking out a very tough Forrest Petz (Pictures), the same welterweight who
brutalized Sam Morgan
(Pictures) in his UFC debut this past
August. Davis survived a very bloody cut on the bridge of his nose,
courtesy of a Petz knee, to lock up a guillotine choke and a
submission win at 4:58 of the first round.
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