Jenna Jameson would rather have seen Tito Ortiz step into the cage with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson than submit a significantly smaller Alexander Shlemenko.
The former adult film actress watched her ex-husband return to his winning ways with a submission victory over Shlemenko on Saturday night at Bellator 120. Ortiz, who hadn’t won a fight in nearly three years, was on cloud nine after stopping the Bellator middleweight champ with an arm triangle choke at two minutes and 27 seconds of the first round.
“Guess who’s back? I’m just inspired to inspire others and show you guys what hard work and dedication can achieve,” Ortiz told Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith in his post-fight interview.
After the bout, Jameson called out her estranged husband on Twitter for “cheating.” She even suggested he take a fight against Jackson, if he really wanted to prove he’s “back.” The post has since been deleted from Jameson’s Twitter account, but SB Nation's MMA Figthting was able to upload the quote to Shaun Al-Shatti's Twitter reactions piece before the post was taken down.
“Sometimes it's easiest to win when you're twice the size... #maybefightrampage #actuallyteachinghissonscheatingisok,” Jameson posted.
The tumultuous relationship between Ortiz and Jameson has played out in front of the public like a bad reality television show. Seriously, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Jersey Shore have nothing on Tito and Jenna.
But perhaps Jameson is right to some degree on Ortiz needing to rein in the celebration after defeating Shlemenko. The size difference between both men on fight night was unreal. Ortiz looked to be two weight classes above Shlemenko, who isn’t even considered a top-10 middleweight by MMA pundits.
With that said, a win is still a win for Ortiz, who finally returned from a two-year layoff and major neck surgery. Despite the size discrepancy, plenty of people were actually banking on Shlemenko sending Ortiz into retirement once and for all. Now that Ortiz accomplished the unexpected, size is once again being looked at as the deciding factor in the fight.
Shlemenko knew exactly what he was getting himself into when he challenged Ortiz to the fight on RusFighters MMA in April. Unfortunately for the middleweight champ, it was simply a case of biting off more than he could chew.
Jordy McElroy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA writer for Rocktagon.