April 2, 2004 The fight mixed martial arts fans wanted for almost two years ended at the 38-second mark of the second round tonight when Chuck Liddell unleashed a flurry of punches that put Tito Ortiz down on the canvas and out of Ultimate Fighting Championship 47: It¡¦s On! at Mandalay Bay Events Center before a sellout crowd of 11, 413. It was the first time that Ortiz, the former UFC light heavyweight champion had been knocked out. With Ortiz down and unable to defend himself, referee John McCarthy jumped in and ended it. The official ruling was a technical knockout.
"I knew he couldn't stand with me", Liddell said in the Octagon afterward. The fight never went to the ground, although Ortiz tried twice to take it there. "Chuck got away from me and he hits hard. He got me with some real good shots. I'm not hurt and I'll be back", Ortiz said.