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MMA Submission of the Day: Tito Ortiz Wins in Only Fight Outside the UFC

First LastCorrespondent IMay 30, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28:  MMA fighter Tito Ortiz poses for a photo during the IZOD GQ party celebrating a Century of Speed, Style and Stars at the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2011 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for MATTER)
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Former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has 25 bouts on his record. 24 of those have come inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His only bout outside of the UFC came against Jeremy Screeton in a 1998 bout from the West Coast NHB Championships.

Ortiz entered the bout with a 1-1 record. The 23-year-old from Santa Ana, California, was coming off his first defeat to Guy Mezger at UFC 13.

It didn't take very long to Ortiz to get the better of his opponent as he displayed a vicious knee attack that forced Screeton to tap out 16 seconds into the first round.

Ortiz would go on to challenge Wanderlei Silva for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in 2000. He defeated "The Axe Murderer" and defended his title five times before losing it to Randy Couture in 2005. It would be the last time he would hold a world title.

Now, Ortiz is back on the winning track and is one or two fights away from getting a shot at the title once again. He takes on Rashad Evans for the second time at UFC 133, which goes down this weekend in Philadelphia, Penn.

Ortiz rebounded from an extensive losing streak to defeat Ryan Bader at UFC 132 last month. He accepted the fight with Evans on short notice and filled in for an injured Phil Davis. Evans is coming off a long layoff and hasn't fought since defeating Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 114.

Don't forget to check out Sal DeRose's knockout of the day article, here!

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