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Morning Report: Tito Ortiz talks loss to lotioned up Liam McGeary and disappointing ratings for Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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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