Bellator 120 Results: Tito Ortiz Submits Alexander Shlemenko, Calls Out UFC

May 17, 2014
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Tito-Ortiz-UFC-148-Pre-Press-9081Tito Ortiz made quick work of Alexander Shlemenko, finishing the Bellator middleweight champion with a first-round submission at Bellator 120 in Southaven, Mississippi, on Saturday.

Ortiz locked on an arm triangle to earn the early stoppage at 2:27 of the opening frame and proclaim his return to the cage.

“Guess who’s back,” Ortiz said. “I worked hard as hell for this. I’m just inspired to inspire others.”

Ortiz began imposing himself on Shlemenko with a takedown. Once on the ground, Ortiz secured the back and transitioned to putting Shlemenko on his back.

Once he forced Shlemenko into position, Ortiz worked into an arm triangle and put the Bellator middleweight champion to sleep with a technical submission.

Upon being announced the winner, Ortiz took a moment to call out the UFC for not including the fighter in their history of winningest Octagon competitors.

“UFC, You tried to take me off your list. You can try to take me out of the Hall of Fam, but each and every one of these fans will remember me for an MMA lifetime,” Ortiz said.

With the win on Saturday, Ortiz stopped a three-fight losing streak and picked up his first win since 2011.

  • Fat Bloke

    Ahh, Tito. Always great to hear your words of wisdom.

    • RomAn Cantu

      You dumb asses apparently don’t know dick about mma,Anderson Silva has fought in the middlewhiegt and light heavy weight division and he beat worthy opponents like Forrest Griffin who was the champ at one point. Tito beat the middle weight champion who’s 10 years younger. And he had the belt when he was in the shut the hell up if you don’t know what the hell your talking about!

  • Jon Doe

    Congrats Tito.. you beat another 185’er to add to your resume.
    Anyone who say size doesnt matter just watch this fight. Its exactly how Jones wins all his fight. Just impose your size on the little guy until he breaks.

    • dgs

      Yes, the difference is, Jones fights true light heavyweights, who probably weigh just as much as he does come fight night. I imagine once Ortiz rehydrated he outweighed Shlemenko by a good 15-20 pounds.Which in the scheme of things really isn’t that much.

      Bottom line, yes Tito had a weight/strength advantage, but Shlemenko called for this fight, not Tito. It’s doubtful Shlemenko will call out another true light heavyweight again, because when skill is equal, size and strength does make a difference.

      • asd

        The difference is Jon Pokes Jones is a HW, who enjoys a ridiculous 10″ reach advantage over his opponents on average.

        • King Of The Spread

          Haters, It’s no different than a Basketball player defending a shot with a hand in the face.

          And Jon isn’t fighting any one 30 lbs lighter than him. Also, weight has nothing to do with his reach.

      • King Of The Spread

        Does Tito beat any of these middle weights? Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Lyoto Machida, Mark Munoz, Luke Rockhold, or Tim Kennedy.

        I doubt it – The point is all Tito did was prove how absolutely weak the Bellator lineup is

    • Lawdog1521

      The whole weight argument is stupid. If you think an opponent is too big, you go down in size. Other fighters could cut down just like Jones does. That’s the way it is and has always been.

    • Kman

      Just like jon jones huh?

    • shakejunt

      someone’s still bitter about a favorite fighter losing…

      couldn’t it also be that shlemenko should probably be ww in the first place?

      because your theory doesn’t hold for someone like anderson.

  • tipsyhippy

    corny wwe sh*t!

    • tipsyhippy

      not the fight, but Tito’s comments. Great fight for him.

  • fsunoles10

    im glad i thru money down on ortiz, i had a pretty good feeling once he got a hold on shlemenko he could put him on the mat. with that being said though i still think he is pretty garbage as far as pro fighters are concerned.

  • Seth

    GOOD JOB VIACOM! You just turned your last legit draw into joke! good luck in the future, if you decides to invest into retired wanna-bes that may not even show up for your next fight.

  • David Huenecke

    Everything i was going to say has just been said. Hey tito next time pick on someone your own size.

  • TheCerealKiller

    LOLOLOLOLOL! Now Bellator is a proven joke.

    • put me in the sauna coach


  • Mark McDowall

    Great job Bellator…now your “unstoppable” MW champ looks like a bitch.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    all this ppv showed was that every guy Bellator has been trying to build up got beat by washed up UFC fighters who couldn’t get wins. what a joke. Glad I didn’t pay for that garbage.

    • Azumpire

      Yup, I am wondering what their PPV numbers were tonight.

  • Shownig

    Glad to see Tito return to the form he once had in his early UFC days; fighting smaller opponents that he can bully. Besides the lightweight division Bellator is a joke.

  • brad king

    tito vs j jones lol

  • King Of The Spread

    The more Tito and Rampage Succeed in Bellator the Worse it is for Bellator. I mean they are the UFC’s dirty laundry – so from title contention and being relevant they got cut.

    How are they guys beating your top guys – good for your company – as far as talent pool goes?

  • King Of The Spread

    Does Tito beat any of these middle weights? Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Lyoto Machida, Mark Munoz, Luke Rockhold, or Tim Kennedy.

    I doubt it

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Ok Tito, you spent all those years ducking Chuck Liddell and now youre back to form beating guys 30 lbs smaller than you. Yeah Hall of Fame chicken indeed

  • csfischer20

    This was a total joke. Tito got called out and it obviously did him no good to take the fight. Bellator is a joke. Rampage can box, but he’s too one dimensional to fight in today’s mma. Bringing in over the hill UFC rejects is a horrible idea for a promotion that used to accept their place as a minor league alternative to the UFC. Now that Bjorn has made this competition to the UFC he has lost credibility. I don’t agree with all the match making in the UFC, but at least it’s all the best guys in the world period.

  • mmalive

    Tito would be CRUSHED by any top 10 UFC guys now. He got lucky against Bader due to Baders mstake. Bader would beat him down now. Glover, Guss, Cormier, Henderson, Shogun, Befort, Weidman, kennedy, Rockhold, anf EVEN Bisping would CRUSH the Hin Huntington Beach bad boy.