Ortiz came out looking good, throwing a high kick and following that up with punches. The two got in a clinch where Nogueira landed a punch that shook Ortiz. Later, the Brazilian landed a knee to the body that dropped his opponent and he followed, pounding Ortiz on the ground. The former UFC light heavyweight champ was able to establish his guard, but Nogueira kept pounding away. Ortiz’s midsection was Nogueira’s target of choice as he remained relentless.
The referee stepped in to stop the contest as Ortiz turned to his side at 3:15 of the opening round.
“Lil’ Nog” was happy to get a win over someone whose name has as much recognition as Ortiz’s.
“I feel so great,” Nogueira said following the win. “It’s like a dream come true.
“He’s a legend of this sport.”
Ortiz made it clear leading into this fight that he’s nearing the end of this career. Was this it for him? He addressed the issue in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
“I’m going to take a little time off, enjoy Christmas with my family,” he said. “I have one more fight left on my contract, so hopefully Dana [White] will let me honor that out.”
Nogueira jumps back in the win column after dropping the previous two to Ryan Bader then Phil Davis. In defeat, Ortiz drops his second in a row and hasn’t seen consecutive wins since 2006.