Tito Ortiz didn't have a great night at Bellator's tentpole Dynamite 1 event.
Ortiz hadn't been submitted since tapping to strikes to Frank Shamrock at UFC 22 in 1999, but that didn't stop Bellator light heavyweight champ Liam McGeary from slapping on a first-round reverse triangle last month in San Jose.
Ortiz didn't have much trouble wrestling McGeary to the mat, but he couldn't resist describing how well-lubricated the champ felt.
"The first little exchange and then going for the takedown I went for his legs and his legs felt ... I don't want to say slippery, but just super soft," Ortiz told Submission Radio. "I just let my arms slide up the side of him and I had to re-shoot again.
"A little baby lotion or lotion. He uses a lot of lotion on his legs. Everybody, I mean, not everybody, but most people put lotion on themselves so maybe he put a lot of lotion on prior. He caught me in a submission. He was the better man."
Long-suffering from neck and spine issues, Ortiz says fighting out of the submission just wasn't going to happen.
"I saw the lights going out super quick when it was locked," said Ortiz. "I wasn't going to get choked out on live television. That's for sure. Checkmate. What could I do? That was it. I wasn't going to go out. I've never gone out before. I'm not going to fight something that could hurt my neck more. He fought the best Tito Ortiz. I was ready."
Compounding the hurt for Ortiz? Dynamite only earned modest ratings averaging 800,000 viewers. The number was actually below the average of 892,000 viewers for Scott Coker's first year running the promotion.
Ortiz placed part of the blame on viewers favoring Saturday night college football, but saved plenty for Bellator's staff.
"I think Bellator or Spike or whoever was doing PR for it could have done a little bit better," said Ortiz. "I did all my own PR. I did more than 50 percent of it. For a fighter to do 50 percent of their own PR for an event? Somebody needs to step their game up. Bellator's still learning. They're getting better, but to compete against football ... that makes a big difference.
"I think [Coker] did an amazing job, all around. I think the gate was the biggest that Bellator's ever done. They sold over 14,000 tickets which was amazing. That's the big positive point they got out of it. And the fans were happy with it."
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Thank u all who have supported me this whole journey. I really appreciate u. And thank you... https://t.co/1axrVOX8uE— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 4, 2015
Had a great time last night. It's all about having the right people around you. Although I'm out... https://t.co/AqrLzPThIx— Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) October 4, 2015
Shawn Jordan is really tough guy & really nice person. Tnx 4 sharing octagon with me brother. I wish u all the best. https://t.co/iHMui6vcOM— Ruslan Magomedov (@MagomedovUFC) October 4, 2015
Great day at the office! Huge thanks to my team, corner and all my supporters! I love you all ❤️... https://t.co/aR7nAXOBmO— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) October 4, 2015
Forget about the brownie in my mouth it's kholeekardashian and Me after my @ufc fight!! #ufchouston... https://t.co/zBDg1KvTtM— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) October 4, 2015
#Repost @danawhite with repostapp. ・・・ And last but not least how good did this little BAD ASS look... https://t.co/RAY4LLzTgg— Rose Namajunas (@rosenamajunas) October 4, 2015
Excited for church this morning pic.twitter.com/CYQrPkwli6— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) October 4, 2015
Wish I could stay a little bit longer in Houston I love it here ! But gotta get back to training #TeamPettis— Sergio Pettis (@sergiopettis) October 4, 2015
Thanks to @Reebok for the gear @ufc #ufc192 #houston— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) October 5, 2015
Better luck next time.
You know a lot of guys say well I got hurt so I lost. Ha we get hurt because the other guy beats us up. Lol not at our best but it's earned— Shawn Jordan (@savageshawn) October 4, 2015
I work my butt off no matter any outcome in cage and life. As a athlete my success and defeats are... https://t.co/NIRxogWaNJ— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) October 4, 2015
Just want to let everyone know that I am fine. I had an off night against a tough opponent and at this level you will...Posted by Alan Jouban on Saturday, October 3, 2015
I would like to thank everyone who is worried sick about me today, I could not please you with its victory in all the will of God
Ассаламу Алейкум . Хотел бы поблагодарить всех кто за меня болел переживал сегодня я не смог... https://t.co/P3nC6YQOUx— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) October 4, 2015
Big congrats to Rose, sucks to lose but at least its against solid opponents. 2-2, still young in my career. Back in the gym Monday. #UFC192— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) October 4, 2015
So this was a fair and just call be herb dean @UFCEspanol @UFCNetwork @danawhite @HerbDeanMMA the pic says it all pic.twitter.com/DJ0yz9ljnH— Frank Trevino (@SitkayanUFC) October 4, 2015
Didn't get the win tonight. Sergio was a super tough fighter and a ton of respect to him and his... https://t.co/GZN86tdiUB— Chris Cariaso (@chriscariasomma) October 4, 2015
I hate to say that, but I got knocked out in the third round. Big thanks for your support. We're... https://t.co/UYXxKDISOb— Viktor Pesta (@ViktorPesta) October 4, 2015
I think Evens could have beaten Bader if he wasn't rusty..Don't matter much tho cause I want to brake my foot n both those asses b4 I retire— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) October 4, 2015
Será que ficaria mais bonito do que no Smigoll? || Doesn't it look more beautiful than with Gollum? #teamgadelha #ufc #straweight #kvra #claudiagadelhammaPosted by Claudinha Gadelha on Saturday, October 3, 2015
@RoseNamajunas kicks off the #UFC192 with a beautiful standing rear naked choke win over @AngieOverkill http://t.co/oFZ4zi1BVD #karmasucks— Torque (@Torque1net) October 4, 2015
@Torque1net @rosenamajunas whoever's running your social media is very unprofessional, I'd check that shit— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) October 4, 2015
@AngieOverkill Remember your last fight when you did a deal with us and bailed at the last min for another sponsor? THAT's Unprofessional!— Torque (@Torque1net) October 4, 2015
@AngieOverkill Funny cause your manager drove a huge dump truck right over that story! Love the word hassle too! You have a lot to learn!— Torque (@Torque1net) October 4, 2015
Watch out, Conor.
Amazing debut for @sagenorthcutt last night. pic.twitter.com/gkde1fhO8M— Dana White (@danawhite) October 4, 2015
This question is for my English speaking friends.... What is the difference between Nothing and Anything?— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) October 5, 2015
Thanks @BensonHenderson for letting me use your song Awesome God last night at UFC 192— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) October 4, 2015
Don't be silly, you're using your platform to share His word, love that!!! Congrats on the big 'W', keep it up!!! https://t.co/M6aNZDPA4L— TheOnceAndFutureKing (@BensonHenderson) October 4, 2015
Me and @showtimepettis kicking it at #ufc192 watching my boy @joejitsu and @sergiopettis gather up... https://t.co/ZIQzvEqBaB— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) October 5, 2015
So proud of my brother @dc_mma what an amazing fight! Heart will and determination, what a real champ is made of. Give the man his respect.— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) October 4, 2015
@SugaRashadEvans My brother didn't went our way tonight! that's okay we are fighters and keep doing so till the end! We come back stronger!!— TyroneSpong (@Tyrone_spong) October 4, 2015
Welcome to the middleweight division @JohnyHendricks #weightwatchers #weightcut #UFC192— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) October 2, 2015
@arielhelwani @TWooodley guess who can make weight on a days notice, ...#TheOnceAndFutureKing #CallMyBluff— TheOnceAndFutureKing (@BensonHenderson) October 2, 2015
A screen shot from fightvalley and I must add my Resting Bitch Face is on point https://t.co/ghVHpGcTtL— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) October 5, 2015
Announced this weekend (Oct. 2-4 2015)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
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Welcome to the UFC Jarjis Danho!
Germany's top, and one of Europe's most feared HW prospect is on his way to the UFC.
Jarjis Danho has officially joined the ranks of the UFC! A fearsome former power-lifter, Danho might be an unknown name to MMA fans across the pond but is held in high-esteem in Europe and the Middle East.
Danho has become feared for his power, top-game and heavy hands. Holding a record of 6-0, he has managed to finish all of his fights prematurely including 2 submission (albeit both due to strikes).
Few fighters have made it to the UFC with only 6 fights, albeit Danho is not your average heavyweight and could be a great addition to a thin division in need of new faces.
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