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UFC 121: Tito Ortiz Vs. Matt Hamill

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez. To access our full coverage, click here.

Hamill jogs to the cage to “I Want it All” by Queen. Ortiz performs his usual flag-adorned walkout to Eminem’s “Mosh”. “Big” John McCarthy is the third man for this bout.

Round 1: No touch of gloves from these two. Ortiz fires off a head kick right off the bat. He is looking to push forward and land with both kicks and punches. Hamill catches a kick from Ortiz and takes him down immediately. Ortiz scrambles out and shakes Hamill off of him. Ortiz bleeding from the side of his head. Hamill with a one-two. Ortiz’s right eye looking a little swollen. Ortiz checks a kick and lands a body kick of his own. Ortiz is stalking Hamill. “The Hammer” is landing counters but Ortiz is dictating the pace. Inside leg kick scores for Ortiz. Ortiz tries a spinning back elbow that misses. Hamill with a nice right hand but Ortiz is still throwing back. scores the round 10-9 for Ortiz

Round 2: They take right to the center of the cage again. Hamill looking a little more comfortable on his feet, scores with a nice kick. Ortiz briefly tries for a takedown that is shrugged off. Ortiz lands a nice knee. Ortiz looks to have slowed just a bit. He goes for a high kick that is blocked. Ortiz with a body shot. Ortiz backs Hamill up with another knee. Hamill with a leg kick. Leg kick for Ortiz. Hamill grabs an easy takedown. Hamill in Ortiz’s guard, landing short elbows as Ortiz fires back from the bottom. Ortiz looks for a triangle. Hamill landing with some left hands. Ortiz rolling for a leg. Hamill counters and gets into side control. The crowd chants, “Tito!” Hamill all over Ortiz to finish the round. scores the round 10-9 for Hamill

Round 3: They touch gloves to start the round. Hamill starts the round with a solid jab. Hamill with a feint-to-left hook. Ortiz with a nice right. Nice uppercut-straight right for Hamill. Ortiz looking for the head kick. Hamill with a double-jab. Neither man pushing very hard in this round it seems. Hamill stuffs a shot by Ortiz, prompting the former champ to look at the clock. Hamill dumps Ortiz on the mat with just over a minute to go and lands in Ortiz’s half guard. Hamill landing big shots from on top. Hamill grinding Ortiz down from on top. Ortiz still trying to fight out of it but to no avail. scores the round 10-9 for Hamill

Matt Hamill defeated Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Hamill says it was weird to fight his former teacher Ortiz but that it was a great honor. He tells Ortiz, “Thank you” and calls him a great fighter. Ortiz sticks around but gets no interview.