Tito Ortiz has reacted to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation overturning his recent mixed martial arts (MMA) victory over Alberto Del Rio. The move was first reported on by MMA Junkie, who noted that the TDLR had changed the original submission result to a “No Decision” without detailing why.
Oritz took to his official Instagram page to voice his displeasure with the ruling. Here’s what he had to say:
“This is a BS claim and will get overturned. I promise you all. Sad way to get attention at my expense.”
Ortiz submitted Del Rio in the first round of their Combate Americas main event pay-per-view (PPV) this past December. The win earned Ortiz Del Rio’s old WWE Championship belt. It was his first fight under the Combate Americas banner. It remains unclear why the TDLR decided to overturn Ortiz’s win. Neither Combate Americas, nor the TDLR have offered any explanation as to why the decision was made.
MMA Fighting reports that a TDLR spokesperson commented on the situation with, “The results of the fight were changed pending further investigation.” Ortiz was on a three-fight win streak with the win over Del Rio. Before defeating Del Rio, he earned a submission win over Chael Sonnen and a knockout win over Chuck Liddell in the first and only ever Golden Boy Promotions MMA event in November of 2018.