Tito Ortiz vs. Alexander Shlemenko
After two years away, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz returns to meet Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko in a non-title fight.
Ortiz (16-11-1) lost his last three in the UFC and was just 1-7-1 from 2006-12, missing several months with injuries. He was inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame the weekend he lost to Forrest Griffin in his “retirement” match, but opted to sign with Bellator and compete again.
Shlemenko (50-7) is on a 13-fight win streak, including recent finishes over Brennan Ward and Doug Marshall to defend his title. His last loss came to Hector Lombard in 2010 and he owns 29 career knockout finishes.
Round 1: No touch of gloves and we are off. Ortiz looks the part of a heavyweight against a welterweight. Shlemenko to the body and Ortiz takes them. Loud “Tito” chant breaks out. Shlemenko with a left-right combo. Shlemenko looks like he really wants to use the body shots, using strikes and kicks to that area. Ortiz with a nice takedown and is working to flatten him out, Shlemenko to his back as we go under three minutes and Ortiz has an arm triangle or head-and-arm choke locked in. Shlemenko is out cold. He didn’t tap, but he went out cold and seemed to be stunned.
Tito Ortiz def. Alexander Shlemenko via technical submission (head-and-arm choke) at 2:27 of Round 1