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There have been occasions where as a fan of sports entertainment that you are left wondering if one of them is making the right decision when they step into an Octagon. You are essentially leaving the world of sports entertainment and entering into a world where once that door closes there is literally no escaping destiny. We saw CM Punk fail terribly in his first fight against Mickey Gall back at UFC 205 to the point where you questioned this type of decision making. Since then, we have seen Jake Hager step into the world of MMA in Belator and he has been successful for the moment, but I want him to face some real veterans like our next subject just did for Combate Americas. The man I am talking about is the man formerly known to the world as Alberto Del Rio who in his career was a former WWE Champion as well as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Last night, Alberto Rodriguez stepped into the ring with a man who may be well over his prime, but at one point was a true bad ass of the Octagon in Tito Ortiz. The first ever Mexican American UFC Champion came into the event not only with a 20-12-1 record, but with a clear agenda that he was going to embarrass Alberto.
The stipulation heading into the fight was that if Ortiz won the fight against the 9-5 Alberto, Alberto would give up his WWE Championship belt to Ortiz’s kids. However, if Alberto won the fight, her would receive Tito’s UFC Championship belt. He also stated that if Del Rio could make it out of the first round that he would donate $50,000 to Alberto’s charity. However, when the fight actually started, Tito absolutely smothered Alberto bringing him to the mat where Alberto barely got any offense going and was constantly on the defensive as it eventually led Ortiz to get the rear naked choke locked in and after a few seconds Alberto tapped out after 3:10 of the first round had passed. Tito had done what Tito always did and that is he brought the spectacle to the fight with his Trump 2020 trunks, flag, MAGA Hats, and even coming out to Hulk Hogan’s Real American Hero theme song all the way to the ring. Tito definitely proved that if any former WWE wrestler wants to prove what he has, he needs to fight a real trained killer like The Huntington Bad Boy himself. One thing I will say is that while there are no excuses, but this was Alberto’s first MMA fight since 2010 and he has stepped into the ring with some real deals like Mirko Filipovic (Pride- Bushido 1 2003). I don’t know where Alberto goes next with this, but he’ll have to think long and hard before stepping back. If you can get access to the event, check out the fight between Desiree Yanez and Melissa Martinez which was definitely worth the price of admission.