Tito Ortiz made quick work of Alexander Shlemenko, finishing the Bellator middleweight champion with a first-round submission at Bellator 120 in Southaven, Mississippi, on Saturday.
Ortiz locked on an arm triangle to earn the early stoppage at 2:27 of the opening frame and proclaim his return to the cage.
“Guess who's back,” Ortiz said. “I worked hard as hell for this. I'm just inspired to inspire others.”
Ortiz began imposing himself on Shlemenko with a takedown. Once on the ground, Ortiz secured the back and transitioned to putting Shlemenko on his back.
Once he forced Shlemenko into position, Ortiz worked into an arm triangle and put the Bellator middleweight champion to sleep with a technical submission.
Upon being announced the winner, Ortiz took a moment to call out the UFC for not including the fighter in their history of winningest Octagon competitors.
“UFC, You tried to take me off your list. You can try to take me out of the Hall of Fame, but each and every one of these fans will remember me for an MMA lifetime,” Ortiz said.
With the win on Saturday, Ortiz stopped a three-fight losing streak and picked up his first win since 2011.