Tito Ortiz closed out his decorated career on a winning note tonight at Bellator 170, as the UFC Hall of Famer submitted Chael Sonnen in the opening round.
Ortiz took the fight to the mat with a single leg takedown moments in, but the former UFC champ found himself on the defensive, due to a guillotine choke attempt from Sonnen. Ortiz defended the choke, however, and worked his way out. From there, Ortiz moved into the top position, and as Sonnen attempted to roll out, the 41 year-old fighter secured a rear-naked-choke. The 39 year-old Sonnen tapped out moments later.
Leading up to Bellator 170, Ortiz announced that the event would mark his final fight. Ortiz retires with a 19-12-1 record. Sonnen, who was fighting for the first time since 2013, saw his record fall to 28-15-1.
In the co-headliner, Paul Daley caught Brennan Ward with a vicious, flying knee in round one, which knocked out the heavy handed fighter instantly.
Here are the results for Bellator 170, which was hosted by the Forum in Inglewood.
Tito Ortiz def. Chael Sonnen via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 2:03
Paul Daley def. Brennan Ward via KO (flying knee) R1, 2:27
Hisaki Kato def. Ralek Gracie via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Georgi Karakhanyan via majority decision (28-28, 28-27, 28-27)
Derek Campos def. Derek Anderson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Guilherme Vasconcelos def. John Mercurio via KO (punches) R2, 0:41
Kevin Casey vs. Keith Berry declared majority draw (27-29, 28-28, 28-28)
Alex Soto def. Demarcus Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chinzo Machida def. Jamar Ocampo via TKO (punches) R3 3:48
Jalin Turner def. Gabriel Green via TKO (punches) R1, 0:36