At UFC 132, Tito Ortiz got his first win in nearly five years with a first-round submission of Ryan Bader at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” locked a guillotine choke on the Arizona State wrestler, forcing him to tap, submitting to the former light heavyweight champion.
Ortiz and Bader started out measuring distance. It was clear Bader was looking to land his heavy right hand, throwing it and landing at about 30 seconds into the fight. Out of nowhere, however, Ortiz closed the distance and landed an enormous right hand that dropped Bader to the canvas. From there, Ortiz followed his opponent to the ground and worked some ground-and-pound. Bader worked to get back to his feet, but Ortiz sunk in the guillotine and tapped Bader for the submission.
The stoppage came at 1:56 of the opening round.
An excited Ortiz talked about the fight with Joe Rogan following the impressive submission victory.
“First of all, I got to thank Dana White for pushing me to the limit, Lorenzo Ferttita for giving me an awesome job… and for giving these fans what they want to see, and that’s me kick some ass.” said Ortiz.
Dana White made statements that led to the idea this would be Ortiz’s last fight in the UFC if he didn’t win. The finish of Bader was a hell of a way for Ortiz to make a point and keep his job. He broke down how he was able to get the win and live to fight another day.
“I hit him with a right hook and I (saw) his knees buckle,” he said. “Got on top, a little bit of ground and pound.
“I secured my elbow on the inside, he tried to pull his head out, I was strong, he didn’t go anywhere. Tap-out, baby. Tap-out.”
Tito Ortiz wins his first fight since 2006 and looks to continue his career at the age of 36. The last time Ortiz saw the winner’s circle was when he beat Ken Shamrock in the third fight of their trilogy. Ryan Bader, on the other hand, loses his second consecutive fight after beginning his career 12-0.
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Erik Fontanez is a staff writer for MMAWeekly.com.