Tito Ortiz is now inches away from grasping his inescapable retirement after losing to Liam McGeary on Saturday. The 40-year-old Ortiz lost to a surprising first round when Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary made a crushing submission to Ortiz at the televised Bellator 142 headliner, according to MMA Junkie.
McGeary, having a record of 11-0, was able to finish ?The Huntington Beach Bad Boy? after slipping a triangle choke before the five-minute mark of the opening round. ?I worked really hard for this camp,? Ortiz said after the match according to Yahoo! Sports. ?I gave my heart and soul for 18 and a half years in this cage and this sport of MMA. I am a legend, I was a legend ? or whatever people say ? [McGeary] showed he was a real man tonight.?
According to MMA Junkie, Ortiz?s two-fight winning streak was snapped and astonishingly suffered his first submission loss since 1999. ?As I put the belt around your waist, I?m pissed at my performance. I gave my best Tito Ortiz; this was the best I?ve been since 2006. You had the best, you beat the best ? that?s why you?re world champ,? Ortiz shared according to MMA Junkie.
McGeary on the other hand didn?t speak much on the fight after the win. ?I work on my wrestling and I?m going to be unstoppable,? he shared according to Yahoo! Sports.
Although the fight between McGeary was viewed as Ortiz?s last chance of clinching the title, the MMA legend isn?t ready to make plans for the future. ?[I?m going to] let my body heal a little bit ? [and] let my mind heal a little bit. I still love training. But I just want to hang out with my kids, wake up with them, take them to school, be a dad for a bit ? [have] me and my girl Amber enjoy life for a little bit.?