Golden Boy MMA 1: “Liddell vs. Ortiz 3” takes place TONIGHT (Sat., Nov. 24, 2018) at The Forum in Inglewood, California. In the pay-per-view main event, a historic rivalry that dates back to 2004, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (19-12-1) will meet “Iceman” Chuck Liddell (21-8) and attempt to finally defeat his fiercest rival.
Golden Boy MMA 1’s main card will start at 9 p.m. ET on FITE TV (details). MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Golden Boy card.
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The commentary team for tonight’s action is Todd Grisham, Rashad Evans and Frank Mir.
GOLDEN BOY 1 QUICK RESULTS:
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz — Ortiz KO 4:24 R1.
Deron Winn vs. Tom Lawlor — Winn UD 30-27 X3.
Gleison Tibau vs. Efrain Escudero — Tibau UD 29-28 X3.
Walel Watson vs. Ricardo Palacios — Palacios KO 3:56 R1.
Albert Morales vs. James Barnes — Barnes sub (armbar) 4:09 R3.
Jay Silva vs. Oscar Cota — Silva tech. sub (head and arm choke) 2:13 R3.
GOLDEN BOY 1 MMA PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz
Ortiz is the first to make his way to the hexagon, sporting the red gloves and his usual assortment of Punishment apparel including black trunks with flames. His record to date is 19-12-1 but his record so far against Liddell is 0-2. “Iceman” has on the blue gloves and icy blue trunks with a career record of 21-8 for tonight’s main event. The referee in charge of this bout is Herb Dean.
Round 1: Ortiz is circling and dipping his shoulders. Liddell is standing straight and pulling his right hand back, cocked and ready to explode. Ortiz throws a left hook, a leg kick, and another hook. Ortiz has him backing up a minute into the fight as he throws a big right. Another left hand lands. Ortiz swings wide with a head kick. Liddell misses with an overhand right and gets knocked down by the counter shot. Right hand for Ortiz. Leg kick for Liddell. Ortiz keeps getting him closer and closer to the cage. 90 seconds left in R1. Liddell throws a jab. Ortiz stumbles as he throws a shot but quickly recovers his footing. Ortiz answers a light combo with a heavy series of hands against the cage. He’s out cold. Ortiz digs the grave in the center of the hexagon and jumps up on top of the fence to let out a primal scream. Liddell is sitting up now with a bag of ice on his neck. He appears to be okay but it was a vicious and definitive knockout. The slow mo replay looks even more devastating - a quick right, a hard left, and a big right hand flush that made Liddell face plant and crumble completely.
Final result: Ortiz wins via first round knockout at 4:24 of round one.
Deron Winn vs. Tom Lawlor
“Filthy” Tom Lawlor is out first with the blue gloves and a tie around his neck, and he’s lip syncing Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” on his way to the hexagon. He’s 10-6 as a MMA fighter. Deron Winn sports the red gloves and an unblemished 4-0 record to go along with his black trunks for the co-main event tonight. The Daniel Cormier trained Deron Winn is 29 and 5’7”, Lawlor is 35 and stands 6’0”, also owning a three inch reach advantage, 75 to Winn’s 72. Lawlor weighed in at 199.5 pounds and he fights out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Winn weighed in at 205.5 pounds and he fights out of Gilroy, California. Our referee in charge is Mike Beltran.
Round 1: Lawlor and Winn spend the first 30 seconds circling and throwing feints. Winn connects with a leg kick and pushes forward. They clinch momentarily and break. Winn lands a good right hand. Winn goes for a spinning kick and misses. Lawlor moves to his left and right against the cage. Lawlor has a big red mark around his left eye. Winn connects with a left and now the right eye of Lawlor is marked up. Winn throws a kick as Lawlor tries to get to the center but winds up backing up instead. Winn comes in and lands a left and an uppercut and blood is streaming down Lawlor’s cheeks. 10-9 Winn.
Round 2: Winn starts the first second round of his entire career by landing a shot that dropped Lawlor to a knee. Lawlor is trying to use his reach but Winn seems to be able to step away, often leaving only an arm or shoulder for Lawlor to tag. Lawlor lands a good right in responds to a combo and starts to come forward with a left hand. Lawlor stops and smiles at Winn for a moment as he’s backing up like “Okay come on, I’ve tasted your power, you’ve tasted mine - let’s go.” 2:30 left. Winn throws a left hook but eats a left hand that gave him pause. Blood is streaming down Lawlor’s face again. Lawlor tags with the right and throws combos as Winn is again backing up. Winn lands a left jab and throws a big left hook. Lawlor paws with the right. Lawlor lands an accidental shot to the groin with short time left. Winn is quickly ready to continue and Beltran says okay it’s an accident but keep it clean. He restarts them and the horn sounds immediately. Daniel Cormier comes up to yell some advice to Winn from the crowd as the camera flashes to him. 10-9 Lawlor.
Round 3: Winn hits an accidental finger to the eye right at the start of the third round. Beltran says it’s another accident but keep it clean. Lawlor gets taken down almost immediately after an exchange between the two. He’s working hard to protect his neck as he tries to get back to the feet and gets out clean at 1:07. He tries to trade leather and Winn quickly takes Lawlor down to side control. Beltran calls for action and Lawlor gets up at 2:02. Nice left for Lawlor. Nice combo for Lawlor has Winn backing up. Lawlor pulls guard as Winn shoots in. He’s going for an arm in guillotine as the blood streams down Lawlor’s face. Winn pulls his head out and Beltran briefly stops the action to make Winn put his mouthpiece back in. Lawlor is trying to get to the fence and get back up but time is not on his side. Beltran calls for both men to work but there’s only 20 seconds left to do so. Winn stacks Lawlor up and throws some big hands then jumps on top at the horn. 10-9 Winn.
Final result: Deron Winn takes a unanimous 30-27 decision.
Gleison Tibau vs. Efrain Escudero
Escudero is out first in the black trunks and blue gloves for a catch weight bout at 160 pounds. Tibau sports the red trunks and red gloves and owns the second most Lightweight wins in UFC history, but he’s looking to bounce back from a four fight losing streak. Escudero’s record is 30-13 and he weighed in at 159.8 pounds. His nickname is “Hecho En Mexico.” Tibau’s record is 33-14 and his weight was 159.4 pounds. Our referee in charge is Jason Herzog.
Round 1: Escudero takes the center and the muscular Tibau is content to let his opponent come into range. Tibau lands some heavy leather to the head and body and a big kick, pressing Escudero to the fence and dropping levels twice looking for a takedown. They trade knees as Tibau drops again and finally gets the takedown at 2:22. Escudero hoped to get a guillotine but Tibau broke out of it easily and he’s on top in half guard. Tibau works left hands to the head as he looks to move up. Escudero tries to elbow him in the head from the bottom. Full mount for Tibau with 40 seconds left and Escudero gives up his back. Tibau goes for a triangle but can’t get it before the horn. 10-9 Tibau.
Round 2: Escudero comes forward but eats two hard lefts from Tibau for his efforts. Escudero lands two big rights of his own and takes Tibau down then starts slicing on top with left elbows. Escudero is trying to posture up but Tibau is doing a good job of keeping it chest to chest. Tibau tries to stand back up, Escudero traps the right ankle briefly, but Tibau is back up at 2:54. Tibau gets a clinch for a knee but Escudero drags him down. Tibau stands right back up and starts landing some big lefts to the head as Escudero refuses to give up on the takedown. He gets behind Tibau at 3:41. Tibau is warned not to grab the fence as he gets back to his knees. He’s up at 4:30. Herzog warns them to keep working. Very close round but I give it very narrowly to Escudero 10-9.
Round 3: Tibau looks for a takedown 30 seconds in and has Escudero against the cage. He lets it go at 0:50 and resets to the center. Escudero lands a couple of lefts and shoots but doesn’t get his attempt either. Nice right elbow over the top by Escudero. There’s some swelling around Tibau’s left eye. Escudero fails on a single leg. Escudero throws a kick and Tibau catches it and pushes him to the cage. Right elbow left hand by Tibau when he steps back. Escudero tries to get a clinch for a knee. Tibau with a knee to the body. Escudero lands an elbow but the takedown is stuffed. Tibau takes Escudero down with a minute to go. Tibau is throwing some heavy lefts before the horn. I narrowly edge R3 10-9 to Tibau.
Final result: Tibau wins a 29-28 X3 unanimous decision.
Albert Morales vs. James Barnes
Morales has the black trunks, blue gloves, and a career record of 7-4-1 following three straight losses in UFC. His opponent James Barnes has a 10-3 record and black trunks with red gloves. The referee in charge is Herb Dean.
Round 1: Barnes rushes forward looking for a single leg and can’t get it. Morales circles and both men trade leather. Barnes shoots again and gets the back as Morales gets a stern warning from Dean not to grab the fence. Barnes finally trips Morales to the ground at 1:23 and Morales closes the guard. Barnes is hitting him with lefts to the face and trying to stack Morales up. Morales is trying to set up a triangle but is still eating heavy lefts and hammerfists. Barnes escapes the triangle attempt and is in half guard briefly. Morales goes for another triangle attempt and is eating nasty right hands. He escapes and lands some more big lefts before the horn. 10-9 Barnes.
Round 2: Barnes comes out for R2 throwing his jab. Barnes steps back and throws an overhand right, then changes levels and gets the back to drag Morales down from behind. Barnes nearly gets a full mount but Morales is able to push him back to guard. Barnes goes for his side and lets Morales to his knees so he can land big right hands. Morales right eye is swelling shut and Barnes is fishing for a rear naked choke from behind. Morales escapes but Barnes is on top again landing heavy hands. Barnes backs up and comes over the top with a hard right. Morales goes for the triangle again late but has no time to cinch it up. 10-9 Barnes.
Round 3: A doctor checked Morales eye before the start of R3 and cleared him to continue. He avoids an early takedown attempt and comes forward swinging wild but is taken down at 36 seconds, where Silva promptly blasts him with a big right elbow. Barnes avoids a triangle attempt and takes the back with both hooks in. Full mount as Morales rolls to avoid a rear naked choke. Morales escapes that but Barnes is still doing damage on top in guard. Every time Barnes feels a triangle coming now he moves to avoid it. Barnes goes for an armbar and Morales is trying to hold onto his own arm to defend it. Barnes breaks the grip and gets the submission, with Herb Dean explaining to Morales “YOU TAPPED” as Morales doesn’t seem to believe he quit.
Final result: James Barnes wins via submission (armbar) at 4:09 in the third round.
Walel Watson vs. Ricardo Palacios
Palacios is out first in the blue gloves with black and blue trunks. Watson has the red gloves and black trunks and trains with the McKees at Team Body Shop. This fight is at a catch weight of 140 pounds, even though Palacios ultimately came in at 142. Palacios has a record of 10-1 and Watson’s record is 14-11. Our referee in charge is Frank Trigg.
Round 1: Watson has a clear height and reach advantage as the fight gets underway. He misses with a head kick and eats a couple of hard left hands from Palacios in response. There’s a lot of footwork and shadowboxing but not many actual blows landing in the first two minutes. Watson finally connects with a couple of kicks and circles on the outside, letting Palacios come toward him. Watson steps forward as Trigg warns them to get busier. Palacios tags Watson with a big overhand right and gives chase. Watson responds with a head kick. Palacios lands body shots and a left. Palacios lands a huge overhand right and a left that drops Watson, one kick to the face, and Frank Trigg jumps on top of Watson to save him. It’s OVER.
Final result: Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios wins by first round knockout at 3:56.
Jay Silva vs. Oscar Cota
Oscar Cota sports the blue gloves with red trunks and has an eight fight winning streak before his bout tonight. He is reputed to be “the top rated Heavyweight in Latin America” but tonight he’ll have the chance to prove it on a much bigger stage. Jay Silva has the red gloves and black trunks. He reportedly got his start in fighting by cleaning out an entire bar full of brawling drunks. Silva has a 2” reach advantage, 75” to 73”. Cota’s record is 10-1 and Silva’s record is 11-12-1. Our referee in charge is Mike Beltran.
Round 1: Cota tries a leg kick to open the fight. Silva stands his ground in the center and Cota circles around the hexagon. Cota paws at Silva with his left hand to feel out the range with his right held high. Beltran reminds Cota to keep his fingers closed if he’s going to strike then calls for more action. Cota throws a high right kick and a roundhouse body kick, pressing Silva into the fence. Foot stomps by Cota. Cota tries to spin away and catch Silva with a reverse elbow, then it’s Silva who pushes Cota into the fence. Cota turns him right around. Cota throws knees at Silva’s legs. Beltran barks at “both of them” to work. They trade knees against the fence. Beltran restarts them at 4:16 and Cota throws a wild right hand as he pushes Silva into the cage. Silva turns him around and Cota lands some clubbing blows before the horn ends R1. 10-9 Cota.
Round 2: Cota gets rocked quickly in R2 after a few kicks and Silva is on top in guard looking to pound out a finish. He passes to full mount at 41 seconds and Cota gives up his back. There was an illegal manipulation of the fingers inside the gloves by Cota and Beltran broke it up and stood the fighters up, deducting one point for Cota. Silva rocked Beltran again but standing Cota was able to push him into the fence. Silva turns Cota around and throws knees to the body and a right uppercut. Cota is breathing hard and looks spent but he manages to turn Silva around. Silva turns him right back and lands about a dozen knees in a row to the body. Cota turns him around and Beltran calls time for Cota landing a left knee to the groin. Cota lands a hard leg kick after the restart. Silva pushes Cota into the fence, Cota turns him around. Beltran tells them work to a finish and the breaks them up at 4:35. Silva misses with a spinning backfist. Cota lands another knee to the groin just before the horn and Beltran awards another deduction. Silva has won a 10-7 round as a result.
Round 3: Both fighters tap gloves and hug to open R3. Cota comes forward throwing bombs knowing he’s behind but Silva is responding in kind and pushes Cota into the cage. Cota turns him around and they trade knees. Silva turns Cota right back. They go back and forth on the fence as Beltran calls for work. Cota gets a takedown at 1:04. Silva slips behind him on the ground and Cota stands back up. Silva gets a leg trip takedown into guard at 1:38. Silva goes for the head and arm choke and Cota goes out so Beltran stops the fight!
Final result: Jay Silva wins by technical submission (head and arm choke) at 2:13 in R3.