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Tito Ortiz Makes His Bellator Debut With A Win Over Alexander Shlemenko

Andrew Ravens

Tito Ortiz

He looked slow at first, but Tito Ortiz looked like the old Tito Ortiz once again. He took Shlemenko down and locked in an arm triangle which made Shlemenko go to sleep. I think the biggest question is can he stay healthy. Tito Ortiz won via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:27

Tito Ortiz is a very well known fighter, he is the The Huntington Beach Bad Boy and former UFC Light Heavyweight Fighter. He is also 39 years of age. He won the UFC title back in 2000 and defended the title five straight fights. He comes into this fight with 8 knockouts, 3 submissions and 5 decision victories, but also has been knocked out four times, submitted twice in his MMA career. Ortiz is 2-6-1 in his last ten and 1-3 in his last five fights. His last win was over Ryan Bader via Guillotine choke at UFC 132 – Cruz vs. Faber 2 on Jul / 02 / 2011.

Ortiz┬áthen lost to Rashad Evans via 2nd Rd TKO at UFC 133 – Evans vs. Ortiz 2 on Aug / 06 / 2011. He dropped two more fights, he lost to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via 1st Rd TKO at UFC 140 – Jones vs. Machida on Dec / 10 / 2011 and in what was suppose to be his retirement, he lost to Forrest Griffin via unanimous decision at UFC 148 – Silva vs. Sonnen 2 on Jul / 07 / 2012.

Tito was suppose to make his Bellator debut against Rampage Jackson on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106. However, on October 25, it was announced that Ortiz suffered a neck injury and had to pull out of his fight with Jackson.

Alexander Shlemenko might be one of or if not the most experienced fighter on the Bellator roster. He comes into this fight with a 50-7 record. He has 29 knockouts, 8 submissions and 13 decision victories, he also have been knocked out once, submitted twice in his MMA career. He has been with Bellator since April of 2010 when he made his debut against Matt Major which he won via unanimous decision at Bellator Fighting Championships 16. He is currently on a 13 fight winning streak.

In his last three fights he has beaten Brett Cooper via unanimous decision at Bellator 98 on Sep / 07 / 2013, Doug Marshall via 1st Rd KO at Bellator 109 on Nov / 22 / 2013. In his last fight he beat Brennan Ward via Guillotine Choke at Bellator 114 on Mar / 28 / 2014.

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