All fight long, Liddell was on his back foot and that finally backfired when Ortiz pressed forward and started launching punches at him in succession with the 48-year old former champion trapped against the cage.
It was a result for which Ortiz, 43, had waited years.
The outcome of the fight was met with collective sadness for Liddell, who had beaten Ortiz twice prior to falling in the trilogy match.
Liddell barely had the ability to defend Ortiz, whose right to the chin floored his opponent late in the first round.
After a couple of minutes of feeling out Liddell, Ortiz went in for the kill. The main card and the preliminary fights will be shown live on FITE. "He motivated me. I was ready for this fight and I got caught". You're not taking eight years off, coming back in my cage and trying to stop me. "I was ready for this fight", he said. You made me work super hard. Thank you, you pushed me hard, man. I made a mistake and it is what it is.
Ortiz, of Huntington Beach, California, buried the hatchet with Liddell immediately after the bout, and even encouraged him to fight again. I wish I had performed better tonight for all the incredible people who came to support me.
Im going to have to sit back and really think about whats next..
De La Hoya made both fighters equal partners with himself for the fight, which promised them a larger upside should the PPV do well than they reportedly received in any of their previous fights with UFC. I don't know, I don't know what I'm going to do.