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The Iceman Dominates Ortiz At UFC 66
The Iceman Dominates Ortiz At UFC 66
Hyped as one of the biggest fights in UFC and MMA history, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell delivered an impressive win over Tito Ortiz last night at UFC 66. The Spoon Man checks in with the recap of that fight as well as the rest of the card, and also lets us know what looms next for The Iceman as he strives to achieve UFC immortality as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport, which is quickly growing in popularity.
Another huge fight, another notch in the belt for the UFC Light Heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.
The Iceman once again showed why he is the world’s best MMA fighter. He scored a 3rd round TKO over rival Tito Ortiz last night in Las Vegas. He has the heaviest hands in the game and his takedown defense is just plain nasty.
The first round went pretty much the same as round one of their first meeting. They traded leg kicks and both landed some pretty decent shots. Chuck landed a bomb with about a minute left and ended the round with fifteen or so unanswered shots to the head of Ortiz as he was down and covering up. The fight was close to being stopped but Tito was doing a decent job of blocking some of the blows.
Ortiz came out and won the second round. More leg kicks and decent shots from both fighters. Tito was able to get a takedown but couldn't do anything to capitalize on it.
Then came the third round and what ended up being the end of the road for Ortiz. The two superstars traded some heavy leg shots and Chuck started working Tito’s body. He did what a true pro would do and set him up for the uppercut. Once again, Chuck blasted Tito with a great power shot which was the beginning of the end. He got him down and just went to town with bombs. The ref stepped in and stopped it.
Tito actually fought a pretty good fight and hung tough with the champion Liddell. Chuck right now just looks unbeatable. He wants to stand and fight and nobody has been able to take him down in a few years. His defense is just top of the food chain.
What is next for the champion? How about a guy that has beaten him before. That’s right.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is officially part of the UFC. He defeated Liddell in a Pride contest a few years back. Jackson has a tune-up match next month and after that win will probably get a title shot. That, I can’t wait for.
Some of the earlier bouts on this great card were explosive and entertaining.
Keith Jardine knocked out UFC poster boy Forrest Griffin in dominating fashion.
Former Heavyweight champ Andre Arlovski also won way of KO defeating Marcio Cruz.
In my eyes we also witnessed a future superstar. Jason MacDonald has been awesome in his two UFC fights. Last night he chocked out Chris Leban who is overrated as a fighter and got put to the sleep by MacDonald. His ground game appears to be superior. Kepp on eye out for him.
-Chuck Liddell def. Tito Ortiz by TKO (referee stoppage due to strikes) at 3:59 of Round 3
-Keith Jardine def. Forrest Griffin by TKO (referee stoppage due to strikes) at 4:41 of Round 1
-Jason MacDonald def. Chris Leben by technical submission (choked unconscious with a guillotine choke) at 4:03 of Round 2
-Andrei Arlovski def. Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz by KO (strikes on the ground) at 3:15 of Round 1
-Michael Bisping def. Eric Schafer by TKO (referee stoppage due to strikes) at 4:24 of Round 1
-Thiago Alves def. Tony DeSouza by KO at 1:10 of Round 2
-Gabriel Gonzaga def. Carmelo Marrero by submission (armbar) at 3:22 of Round 1
-Yushin Okami def. Rory Singer by submission (strikes) at 4:03 of Round 3
-Christian Wellisch def. Anthony Perosh by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
There is no secret that Chuck Liddell is one of the best fighters in Mixed Martial Arts. My only question is, who is going to beat this guy? He is at the top of his game and appears to get better every time out.
He continues to impress and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Another great night of fights. Another satisfied fan.
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