UFC 140 Results: 5 Things Tito Ortiz Can Take Away from Antonio Rogerio Noguiera
Last night, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was stopped inside of the first round as Brazilian slugger Antonio Rogerio Nogueira finished off "The People's Champion" with an array of strikes both on the feet and on the ground.
After a triumphant submission victory over then top contender Ryan Bader, Ortiz has now been defeated in his last two outings, albeit against formidable opposition.
Now, Ortiz will have to be able to make sense of where his career stands as he looks forward to the waning moments of what was an illustrious run in the UFC.
Stick to What You're Good at
It was clear early that once Nogueira fended off an initial take down from the clinch, that Ortiz would abandon his game plan.
Throughout his career, Ortiz has made a name for himself by bullying opponents to the mat where he lays a vicious assault of ground and pound that only few have been able to survive against.
Once Nogueira was able to stave off an initial effort to bring him to the ground, Ortiz proceeded to engage a Pan American and South American Games boxing medalist who regularly trains with the Brazilian Olympic boxing team.
Needless to say, Ortiz's efforts fell short.
Continue to Plug Away Striking
In the past, Ortiz has been seen in the ring training under the tutelage of famed boxing coach Freddie Roach, though the Californian's visits to the Wild Card Gym have been few and far between since then.
It might serve Ortiz well to become disciplined to one facet of martial arts, honing it and then later return to the cage with a new lease of confidence against formidable opponents.
Work on Those Abs
We all know that Ortiz is able to withstand a punch, however in his most recent outings the former champ has been wilted by body shots.
In his battle with Lyoto Machida, Ortiz was leveled by a knee to the body that helped cinch a dominant decision victory for "The Dragon".
Next, Ortiz was sent booming to the canvas after rival Rashad Evans sent a knee to the body of Ortiz and now Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has followed in the trend.
Perhaps a new abs regimen is in order for the martial artist formerly known as "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy".
Get into a Full-Time Training Camp
Ortiz has long been a man that has done things on his own terms.
He hires his own training partners, his own coaches and has a bunch of "yes" men.
Maybe it's about time, before it's too late, that Ortiz sets his ego aside and makes a full-time commitment to a team and what better than Rafael Cordeiro's Kings MMA team, where Ortiz has spent some time in the past.
Time to Hang It Up
Ortiz is 1-6-1 in his last eight outings inside the Octagon and, needless to say, his time has run up.
Once the most dominant force of the light heavyweight class, it's been a long time since Ortiz has looked like himself in the cage. The Ortiz we see now is a far cry from the fast, double leg bully who finished opponents from within guard thanks to some vicious ground and pound blows.
Before he hurts his legacy anymore, Ortiz might be best serve to retire before it's too late.