It went how we thought it would. Tito Ortiz connected with a big shot in the first, and Chuck Liddell went to sleep, knocked out brutally.
It was the most embarrassing fight I’ve ever seen. Royce Gracie vs Ken Shamrock III was pretty shameful, sure. Kimbo Slice vs Dada5000 on that same card was also a tough watch, and, well – somebody even died in that one. For the O.G.’s, Pedro Rizzo vs Dan Severn was brutal as well, and most recently of all, CM Punk’s two endeavors in the octagon have been nothing but cringeworthy. Never have I seen a fighter look as immobile, out of place, and straight up BAD as Chuck Liddell looked in that cage tonight, though.
We’ve seen the training footage, we saw him limping around media days and press conferences all week, but when he was in there – actually, when he was making the walk to the cage tonight (to NO DMX, what the fuck?), and I realized some of his joints just didn’t move anymore, and the ones that did needed a heavy dosage of WD-40 – that put a pit in my stomach. Because he wasn’t sandbagging us.
It felt like we were about to watch our drunk dad get his ass kicked, is what I’m saying, I guess. And then he did. He stumbled around the cage for four minutes, Tito sorta played with him a bit, and then as soon as he caught him with a clean shot…lights out. Personally, I could’ve done without any ground-and-pound shots whatsoever, but maybe that’s just me.
Here’s what the twelve people who watched the show thought of the main attraction:
After the fight, Ortiz cut a promo that sure sounded like he would be in the Oscar De La Hoya business for at least the foreseeable future, and encouraged Chuck Liddell to continue fighting for the promotion.
Chuck, on behalf of literally everybody on the fucking planet expect for Tito Ortiz, please NEVER fight again.