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Bellator 120 PPV results: Tito Ortiz submits Alexander Shlemenko with arm-triangle choke

Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko moved up to light heavyweight to welcome Tito Ortiz to the promotion.

Esther Lin

It was a very successful Bellator debut for Tito Ortiz. Two years removed from his retirement, Ortiz took on Alexander Shlemenko, who was moving up in weight for a one-off special match-up against "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy". Shlemenko was at a huge size disadvantage, and it definitely showed in the fight's ultimate outcome.

The crowd was overwhelmingly pro-Tito, and they got their wish for an Ortiz win when he choked out Shlemenko at 2:27 of round 1. Ortiz struggled with Shlemenko on the feet (to no one's surprise), as "Storm" took Ortiz to task with body kicks and body punches while fending off a few early takedowns. However, Ortiz did get his takedown and from there he dominated the Bellator middleweight champion. Ortiz set up the arm-triangle choke that proved to be so tight that Shlemenko was rendered unconscious and unable to tap.

This was Ortiz's (17-11-1) 2nd win in his last 12 fights and his first since beating Ryan Bader in a memorable guillotine choke upset at UFC 132. Shlemenko (50-8) loses for the first time in his last 13 fights and suffers his first submission defeat since 2006, when "Jacare" Souza also choked him unconscious with an arm-triangle choke.