UFC 140 main card recap: ‘Minotoro’ destroys Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz started out fast and furious against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

However, three minutes later, Ortiz was talking to Joe Rogan about retirement and his future after being smashed by the ground-and-pound of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Ortiz was effective with his striking to start, but found trouble in the clinch, as Nogueira went to work with effective dirty boxing and knees to the body.

A left hand from Nogueira clipped and hurt Ortiz, and “Minotoro” pounced, delivering a steady dose of punches before dropping Ortiz with a brutal knee to the midsection.

Once on the ground, Nogueira continued the onslaught, alternating between punishing blows to the body, and elbow strikes to the head of Ortiz. After several unanswered elbows to the body, Ortiz finally turned away from the punishment with a grimace on his face. The referee stepped in and stopped the contest at 3:15 of the first round.

The win halted a two-fight losing skid for Nogueira (20-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), and in his post-fight interview, he had nothing but positive things to say about Ortiz.

“I feel so great. It’s like a dream come true to beat Tito Ortiz,” said Nogueira. “He’s a legend in this sport.”

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