Coming into his bout with Matt Hamill at UFC 121, Tito Ortiz was in desperate need of a win. A win would not only keep his career afloat, but also prove that the new breed of fighters don’t have what it takes to beat down the legends of the sport. Unfortunately for Ortiz, once that final bell rang, he was proven wrong. By the third round, Hamill was schooling Ortiz at his own game, ground and pound. Hamill earned the unanimous decision victory over his former coach on The Ultimate Fighter.
Simply put, every fighter reaches this point and it’s time for Ortiz to hang up the gloves. He is nowhere near the top of the division, as he believes he is, and he will not be making a title run anytime soon. In his last five fights, Ortiz has been knocked out by Chuck Liddell, fought to a draw with Rashad Evans, and dropped decision losses to Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin and now Matt Hamill. It’s safe to say that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” no longer belongs with the best in the division.
Whether Ortiz decides to end his career himself (unlikely) or the UFC does it for him, his legacy will not be forgotten. Many fail to remember that Ortiz still holds the UFC record for most light heavyweight title defenses with five. In his prime, he was one of the most dominant fighters in the sport. We will always remember the exciting champion in “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz.