clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Morning Report: Tito Ortiz ‘interested’ in Chuck Liddell fight: I don’t need to fight, but if Chuck needs to, I’ll give him a payday

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.


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.


Attempted murder. Marlon Sandro charged with attempted murder.

Tainted. Anderson Silva says tainted supplements might have caused failed drug test.

Title. Yoel Romero says UFC confirmed he’s getting next shot at Robert Whittaker.

Easy. T.J. Dillashaw calls UFC 222 decision a ‘no-brainer,’ says the more Cody Garbrandt talks, ‘the dumber he looks.’

Stylebender. Israel Adesanya could face ‘old and wrinkly’ TUF winner in next UFC outing.


KO of the Week.

A new UFC series that could be good.

A documentary of Rose leading up to her title win.

Latest One warrior series video.

Captain Obvious.

Let him bang, bro!


The MMA After Hour. Ric’s Picks and Twitter fan questions.

Anik & Florian. Recapping UFC Austin plus an interview with James Vick.

The MMA Circus. Recapping UFC Austin and previewing UFC on FOX Orlando.


Oh please, oh please, oh please.

That’s a lot of talent in one picture.

Maybe the best callout of all time.

And one that makes no sense for Ponzinibbio.

And one that will never happen.

This feels like Ali just being Ali but something to consider.

Sounds like Jorge is ready to be back.

Tito wants it.

The Eagle.

Brooklyn we coming #ufc223 #победатолькоотВсевышнего

A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) on

Max sounds mad.

Lifting heavy things.

Old wise man once said don’t count the days make the days count.

A post shared by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on

Bobby Knux sticking it to the haters.

The struggle is real Brendan.

This would be a really good post if he side-by-sided it with his KO loss to Ngannou.




2009: Diego Sanchez won a unanimous decision over Joe Stevenson in the main event of UFC 95.

2010: Cain Velasquez knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110, setting Velasquez up for a title fight against Brock Lesnar.

Also that evening, Wanderlei Silva made his middleweight debut, winning a decision over Michael Bisping.

2013: Emanuel Newton knocked out Muhammed Lawal with a spinning backfist at Bellator 90.

Also that evening, Shahbulat Shamhalaev won the Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournament by knocking out Rad Martinez.

2016: Cody Garbrandt began his impressive 2016 campaign by knocking out Augusto Mendes at UFC Fight Night 83.


Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.



Liddell-Ortiz III, who ya got?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    (552 votes)
  • 57%
    (751 votes)
1303 votes total Vote Now

If you find something you'd like to see in the Morning Report, hit me up on Twitter @JedKMeshew and let me know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram, add us on Snapchat at MMA-Fighting, and like us on Facebook.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Fighting Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Fighting