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UFC 140 Results: Tito Ortiz Needs To Disappear After Losing to Antonio Nogueira

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28: Tito Ortiz participates in the IZOD Celebrity Invitational golf tournament on May 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images for MATTER)
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Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2011

Tito Ortiz needs to go away.

The "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" serves as nothing more than a stepping stone for fighters looking to rise in the sport, and 36-year-old Antonio Nogueira feeding him a loss is the sort of humiliating defeat we should all hope Ortiz sustains.

Ortiz is one of the guys that helped the UFC grow, and he's still a big name that demands attention. The problem is that nobody is stopping Ortiz from continually embarrassing himself.

He's turned into a guy who finds himself on the wrong end of a knockout reel, and it's a shame, given what he's meant to the UFC.

Ortiz should have retired after taking down Ryan Bader in UFC 132. Instead, he went back in the Octagon and got handled by Rashad Evans in UFC 133 and started a new streak of losing he'll surely build on in UFC 140.

Ortiz hasn't won a single fight other than his matchup with Bader since 2006.

Nogueira vs. Ortiz is the worst fight on the card. It's packed with story lines because at the height of their game, both of these fighters were light heavyweight icons.

Now, they are both a shadow of themselves.

Ortiz has no shame, and he proves it with every devastating knockout he suffers. The animosity between Ortiz and Dana White is old. The uncompetitive punching bag routine is old. Ortiz, is old.

To say it's time for Ortiz to retire is a gross understatement. He's five years too late. What's it going to take for him to realize he just doesn't have it anymore?

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