UPDATE:UFC Tito Ortiz TKO Over Ken Shamrock “THE FINAL CHAPTER” Oct 10.
Ultimate Fighting Challenge Tito Ortiz wins victory over Ken Shamrock of UFC 61 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Almost a minute into arguably the most anticipated matchup of the evening, the Ultimate Fighting Challenge bout between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock was stopped by referee Herb Dean, causing the fans at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Event Center to pelt the ring with debris.
The two fighters refused to touch gloves beforehand. Shamrock went on the immediate attack. At the 4:30 mark, Tito Ortiz took Ken Shamrock down hard to the mat, his trademark ground-and-pound technique in full effect, where the fight would and the fight ended in controversy shortly thereafter.
Ortiz was on top of Shamrock and implementing his trademark “groundand pound” style, landing elbows to Shamrock’s face. The blows appeared glancing, however, with the 42-year-old Shamrock partially blocking most of them. Dean, who was close to the action, jumped in and separated the two UFC fighters, calling a halt to the anticipated bout. Dean gave Ortiz the victory.
As Ortiz celebrated, Shamrock looked on in disbelief and started again started after Tito Ortiz, who was doing his “grave digger” celebration. The Octagon at Ultimate Fighting Challenge 61 filled with cornermen, as well as security, in order to keep the two fighters separated.
Fans began to shower the ring with cups, ice and other debris, voicing their displeasure with Dean’s stoppage of the fight. Ken Shamrock (26-11-2) was escorted from the ring by his handlers, the crowd cheering him loudly, while Tito Ortiz (15-4-0) was roundly booed during his post-fight interview.
“Herb Dean did the right thing by stopping the fight,” Ortiz said afterward. “Shamrock wasn’t defending himself intelligently.”
Though Tito Ortiz is 2-0 since returning to UFC in April, neither win has been without controversy. On April 15 at Ultimate Fighting Challenge 59 in Anaheim, Ortiz earned a split-decision victory over Forrest Griffin, a decision many fans inside The Pond questioned, despite the fact that Tito Ortiz calls Orange County home.
In the other main event Saturday, heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia retained his title, winning a unanimous decision over former champion Andrei Arlovski.
Source: Press Telegram
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