The two stars competed in a 210 catchweight bout on December 7th at the Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas that aired on pay-per-view for $29.99.
Ortiz beat the former WWE Champion in a 210 catchweight bout by first-round rear-naked choke submission under the Combate Americas banner.
Del Rio reflected on this tough loss in this interview.
“I was very upset, and people are never going to know what goes on in the mind of a fighter or athlete after losing a fight,” Del Rio said. “You have live another battle because you have to deal with the fact that you lost in a fight, that there’s a better man than you, that you trained so hard for so many months and that wasn’t enough.
“But after processing the loss, I felt good about it because I trained hard, I gave it my all in the training camp. It was tough adapting to the cage and I think a lot of people don’t understand.”
Del Rio also noted that while he did get tapped out in the contest, he thinks he made two big mistakes and if he could redo the fight then he thinks he could’ve won.
“I think I could’ve won that fight, I really do,” Del Rio said. “I made some mistakes with the strategy. but once again the would’ve doesn’t exist. Ring rust is real and it was there. I made two big mistakes and with someone as experienced as Tito that’s deadly.”