Well, don't say we didn't tell you so.
Rarely, do we make predictions. But, Tito Ortiz versus Ken Shamrock just did not seem like a fair fight.
And, it wasn't.
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" scored a first round knockout over "The World's Most Dangerous Man," which was eerily similar to their lopsided rematch at UFC 61: "Bitter Rivals."
Ortiz reigned down crushing elbows and laser-guided punches during a vicious onslaught that this time referee "Big" John McCarthy – not Herb Dean – was responsible for stopping. In hindsight, forward-thinking Herb all but confirmed then what we now know to be fact:
Shamrock, although a great champion and ambassador to the sport, is washed up.
Nonetheless, kudos to him and Ortiz for finally putting this WWE-type soap opera to bed once and for all.
Despite an adrenaline-fueled post-victory celebration, which was strikingly reminiscent to Tito's victory over Guy Metzger – middle fingers and all (which started this whole respect fiasco in the first place) – Ortiz demonstrated a lot of restraint and respect for Shamrock in the wake of a decisive victory.
Maybe it was an unscripted public relations move, but it was classy gesture considering the circumstances.
Now, we get to finally look forward to a rematch that has all the makings of the fight of the year: Liddell vs. Ortiz II.
That's all we really wanted.
(Quick thought: Is Ortiz really ready for Liddell after a year-long layoff, a controversial decision victory over Forrest Griffin and two victories over an over-the-hill legend?)
I guess we'll all pony up the $40 on December 30 and find out.
Here are the other results from the evening:
--Kendall Grove defeats Chris Price via technical knockout in round one
--Jason MacDonald defeats Ed Herman via triangle choke in round one
--Matt Hamill defeats Seth Petruzelli via unanimous decision
--Nathan Marquardt defeats Crafton Wallace via rear naked choke in round two
--Rory Singer defeats Josh Haynes via unanimous decision
--Tony DeSouza defeats Dustin Hazelett via kimura in round one
--Thiago Alves defeats John Alessio via unanimous decision
--Marcus Davis defeats Forrest Petz via guillotine choke in round one
That's a wrap folks ... UFC 64 is only four days away.