The co-main event, or one of them, at UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" tonight (Sat., Dec. 10, 2011) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, featured Tito Ortiz winding down his career against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Ortiz came in with plans of winning "Knockout of the Night" to follow up on his consecutive fight night bonus awards, while Nogueira was also aiming for a kayo, if only because he wanted to see if he could make it happen with Tito's head being so big.
Who accomplished their goal?
That would be Nogueira, who earned a technical knockout win via brutal, relentless ground and pound. He won't win "Knockout of the Night" for it, but he did just pick up a huge victory in his fighting career.
Ortiz opened with a head kick and some punches, uncharacteristically wading in with punches. Hey, it worked in the Ryan Bader fight, maybe the same would apply here.
Nogueira was ready for it, responding with a few counter shots that found their mark and slowed the assault down. Upon the break, Tito made the decision to shoot for his first takedown of the night. They clinched and played the dirty boxing game, which led to "Lil' Nog" unloading punches.
Before long, Ortiz was dropped with a big knee to the body. Tito tried to throw his legs up for a submission but Nogueira just continued to stay busy with ground and pound, overwhelming Ortiz.
Finally, mercifully, the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Ortiz rolled over and winced in obvious pain, clutching his midsection like the knee broke his ribs or took the wind out of him. It was, after all, a brutal shot straight to his guts.
Was this the end of the artist formerly known as "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy?"
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