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.