MMA legend Tito Ortiz retired from the sport last night with a submission win over Chael Sonnen in the main event at Bellator 170.
Tito Ortiz attempted a Rear naked choke and cranked on the chin of Sonnen until the tap came at 2:03 into the first round. With his son Jacob by his side, Ortiz left his gloves in the centre of the Bellator cage as he confirmed that this was indeed his last fight.
Ortiz had been competing in MMA for over twenty years and made a name for himself in the UFC, winning the UFC Light Heavyweight championship at UFC 25 in 2000. He has competed against the very best and against fellow legends such as Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Ken Shamrock and Forrest Griffin to name but a few. He went 3-1 in the last four fights of his career in Bellator MMA and retired with a win in which he described as a dream, “Tonight was a dream, tonight was like a movie, it seemed like it wasn’t even real,” Ortiz said in the post fight press conference.
“This is the way a person’s career should end, at the top of the world how I feel right now,” He continued to say.
Ortiz said he would like stay working within the sport in one way or another and expressed an interest in scouting and developing talent for Bellator, but most importantly will spend some well deserved time with his family.