“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz coached Matt Hamill on “The Ultimate Fighter 3,” but it was Hamill handing out the lessons at UFC 121 grounding and pounding Ortiz to a unanimous decision victory.
Ortiz was coming off successful neck surgery and said he was 100-percent heading into the bout with his former pupil. He came out aggressive, pushing the pace early in the opening round. Hamill secured a takedown and Ortiz quickly worked his way back to his feet. It looked for a moment that Ortiz was back.
That quickly faded as the fight wore on and Hamill utilized his superior wrestling to get Ortiz to the ground and unleashed a ground and pound assault reminiscent of Ortiz in his prime.
The condition of their faces told the tale.
Hamill thanked his former coach following the fight and said it was an honor to fight him.
“I’m happy that this fight is over because I had a lot of pressure heading into this fight. I feel like I controlled the wrestling. That’s something I wanted to prove because Tito is such a good wrestler. I was able to control him and I still have a lot of work to do but a win over Tito is huge,” said Hamill in his in-Octagon interview.
“I didn’t get to celebrate my birthday because of training camp. But now I get to go back and spend time with my daughter and go pick her up from school.”
For Ortiz, it was his third loss in a row. The last time the former titleholder tasted victory was in Oct. of 2006.