Last year, rumors began to stir that Chuck Liddell was looking to come out of retirement and make a return to MMA. Shortly afterwards, Liddell stoked those flames with an Instagram post of himself and Tito Ortiz squaring off, with the caption ‘Why not?’ That post got Ortiz to take a shot at Liddell over Twitter, claiming no interest in a third fight with his former foe and suddenly, there was real heat for a trilogy bout. Ortiz would later admit he acted out of turn with his reply but the groundwork seems to have been laid and now, Ortiz is having a change of heart.
Speaking recently with TMZ Sports, Ortiz said that he has “a lot of interest” in a third fight with Liddell and that he pitched the idea to the UFC at the start of the year, but that the issue will be getting Liddell a license to fight.
“I have a lot of interest level,” said Ortiz. “Actually, on New Year’s, I asked the matchmakers for the UFC if they’d ever want to do a Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz III and he kind of looked at me and laughed and said, ‘Chuck couldn’t pass to fight again. He’s been knocked out, unconscious, five times.’ I guarantee you the doctor won’t give him a license.”
Liddell is 48 years old and hasn’t competed since 2010, a knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115. He ended his career riding a three-fight losing skid, all of them by way of brutal knockout, but the fire to compete still lingers on. Liddell recently said he was “staying ready” for a possible return, even throwing Ortiz’s name out as a potential opponent though he suggested Ortiz “wouldn’t even consider” fighting him again.
Apparently, Ortiz would though. Ortiz retired last January after submitting Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 in a revenge match from their old wrestling days and up until now, he has maintained no interest in fighting again. But with the prospect of getting one back against his biggest rival now seriously on the table, Ortiz says he’s willing to be “a good friend” to Liddell and it’s up to the UFC to pull the trigger on make the third fight happen.
“It’s up to them,” said Ortiz. “I thought of it just because I was pumped because of the UFC in general, being back in the house, but I don’t know. I would like another go at it. I left on a high stool of choking Chael within two-and-a-half minutes. My body’s fine. I know Chuck Liddell’s been knocked out unconscious to the point where they had to give him the smelling salts to make him feel better but he’s looking to be a paycheck. I understand it. I have other businesses, and it’s not a hurry for me to fight. I don’t want to fight, I don’t need to fight, but if Chuck needs to, I’ll be a good friend like he was once and give him a payday.”
Liddell and Ortiz previously fought at both UFC 47 and UFC 66. Liddell won both bouts by TKO.
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Oh please, oh please, oh please.
That’s a lot of talent in one picture.
Maybe the best callout of all time.
.Hello Mr @sagenorthcutt, super exciting win at the weekend. I’d be super excited to share the Octagon with you, on international fight week?!— Bonecrusher (@Marc_Diakiese) February 20, 2018
Super warm regards, Mr. Diakiese.
How would you like to see a super exciting fight Mr. @danawhite @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2 @ufc pic.twitter.com/OZeY6sM4Cg
And one that makes no sense for Ponzinibbio.
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And one that will never happen.
Dear @bisping,— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 20, 2018
You’re no easy fight. Obviously you’re ranked ahead of me... it only makes sense for a #6 being you and #7 being me to fight. Upside for both of us. The top half of the division is older than us both stop crying. You aren’t going anywhere, neither am I. pic.twitter.com/3mTRfZqKns
This feels like Ali just being Ali but something to consider.
Demetrius johnson vs @HenryCejudo coming to you in the summer. Who's excited?— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) February 21, 2018
Sounds like Jorge is ready to be back.
Too much talking now a days— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) February 21, 2018
Tito wants it.
Max sounds mad.
Stop giving this shit attention and let’s actually talk bout people who’s in the sport doing it. If the guy wanted to fight it would of been done. Let’s be real. https://t.co/4rQZi4Qnpu— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) February 20, 2018
Lifting heavy things.
Bobby Knux sticking it to the haters.
The struggle is real Brendan.
So, I told my pal @felderpaul that I’d cut to the light heavyweight 205 lb. mark by his April 6 weigh-in day. Then went to Austin for 4 days and ate all that awesome food. Today: pic.twitter.com/UHWJhnEyYl— Brendan Fitzgerald (@BrendanFitzTV) February 20, 2018
This would be a really good post if he side-by-sided it with his KO loss to Ngannou.
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