Main Event | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA
Chuck Liddell defeats Tito Ortiz via KO/TKO at 0:38 of Round 2
|13-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||10-3-0|
|Climbed to 14-3||Record After Fight||Fell to 10-4|
|+145 (Slight Underdog)||Betting Odds||-185 (Slight Favorite)|
|United States||Nationality||United States|
|San Luis Obispo, California||Fighting out of||Huntington Beach, California|
|34 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 2 days||Age at Fight||29 years, 2 months, 1 week, 3 days|
|204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||202.0 lbs (91.6 kgs)|
|6'2" (188cm)||Height||6'3" (190cm)|
|76.5" (194cm)||Reach||74.0" (188cm)|
|The Pit||Gym||Team Punishment|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 47: It's On!
- Date: Friday 04.02.2004
- Referee: John McCarthy
- Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 8 of 8)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Liddell Total Disclosed Pay: $100,000
- Ortiz Total Disclosed Pay: $125,000
Liddell vs. Ortiz I Wiki Update Wiki
Although they had not been on friendly terms for some time prior to their meeting in 2004, former training partners Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz were among the cream of the crop in the UFC’s light heavyweight division when they finally clashed for the belt. In the end, Liddell reigned supreme, becoming only the second fighter after Frank Shamrock to finish Ortiz with strikes.
“He’s very dangerous,” then UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture said about Liddell prior to the fight. “He’s got great knockout power, and we’ve seen it in the six or seven top guys in the world that he’s knocked out. If Tito decides to stand up with him, he may get caught.” Liddell entered the cage first. Rogan: “Even at the weigh-ins Chuck looked really confident because he finally got the fight that he really wanted.” Ortiz, the betting favorite, walked out next. Goldberg: “He threw a Punishment hat outside the Octagon and an ‘Iceman’ fan threw it right back in. We’ve never seen that before.”
The majority of the first round was a feeling-out period, but Liddell exploded at the end of the round and partially landed a hard combination, prompting an angry Ortiz to push the referee toward Liddell and taunt him after the horn sounded. Couture: “Chuck’s being more aggressive with his stand-up. He’s moving in when he tends to be more of a counter-puncher.”
Liddell landed a glancing poke to Ortiz’s eye near the beginning of the second round before attacking with a savage flurry of looping punches against the cage that put Ortiz on the canvas, prompting the referee to halt the bout at the 0:38 mark.
While the win was a dominant performance by Liddell, Ortiz managed to stir the pot because of the inadvertent eye poke, which lead to an eventual rematch in 2006. That rematch became the most watched MMA event in history to that time. The first win over Ortiz kicked off the most impressive winning streak of Liddell’s career, as he knocked out his next six opponents, including Randy Couture (twice), Renato Sobral, and Tito Ortiz (again).