It’s been almost one year since Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz locked themselves in a cage for the third time under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions banner and since then, a lot has happened. Ortiz has returned to fighting full time and ESPN even produced a 30 for 30 documentary on Chuck and Tito. The documentary covered their entire rivalry, including their third fight, but ended on a somber note, saying that Liddell has not made up his mind on whether to continue fighting or not, and speaking with TMZ Sports, Liddell’s longtime friend and promoter Dana White was not exactly thrilled to hear that.
“[Performs a facepalm]. Listen, Chuck is a very, very smart guy,” White said. “I’ve said it many, many times. Tito, not very smart. Not an intelligent guy. He’s just not! I’m not being mean, I’m not being rude. The worst thing about Tito is Tito’s one of those guys that thinks he’s smart but he’s not and those are the most dangerous type of guys. Chuck is actually a smart guy and I tried to talk both of them out of this De La Hoya fight, told them that this De La Hoya thing was bad. Chuck, I tried to talk out of the fight period. Chuck Liddell is 50 years old and should not be fighting. He’s a grown man and he can do whatever he wants to do but let me tell you what, the commission that sanctions that fight, wow.”
White and Liddell have been thick as thieves since the early days of the UFC. Before he became the president of the UFC, White managed Liddell and White played a large role in Liddell’s first retirement from the sport back in 2010 after suffering three consecutive knockout losses. When Liddell announced he would be coming out of retirement for a trilogy with Ortiz, White was adamantly against it and he still feels that way.
“Chuck Liddell is one of the greatest people you could ever meet,” White said. “He’s a good person. He’s a good guy. He’s a guy that you become friends with and you’re friends with that guy for the rest of your life. He’s that guy. He takes care of the people that are around him. All the people that were around him in the beginning of his career are still around him now and still friends with him. He’s a good person. When you meet Chuck Liddell, when you get to know Chuck Liddell, you love Chuck Liddell.
“He’s one of the best human beings you can ever meet, he’s one of the greatest guys I’ve ever worked with in the fight game, I love him, I respect him, and the crazy thing is, all the reasons that we love Chuck Liddell are the same reasons he wants to fight. To his core he is a fighter, it’s what he loves to do, but that third fight should have never happened.”
Most fans feel the same way. Hopefully, we’ve seen the last of Chuck Liddell in the cage.
Rematch.Dana White not interested in booking Masvidal vs. Diaz 2, accepts doctor stoppage.
Nate being Nate. Nate Diaz wants rematch with Jorge Masvidal, but believes ‘f*ckery’ might lead to another three-year layoff.
LFA. LFA signs broadcasting deal to air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 244 Post-Fight Show.
Press Conference Highlights.
Masvidal and The Rock.
Woodley pointing out he beat most of the card.
Dana says they’re looking for Jones vs. Reyes.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 244.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
You guys said it don’t back out motherfuker, I see the fukery coming my way already. pic.twitter.com/ajm2CIm1MD— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) November 3, 2019
Your welcome for making options— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) November 3, 2019
Hey @BurgerKing, could I get a 3 piece with soda and a side chicken box please? Loads of salt and vinegar. Thanks— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 3, 2019
Excellent job Greg. Robbed of a classic there we were.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 3, 2019
Cutmen in the corner must be more assertive when a fighter must stay still. Between rounds 1 and 2 a crucial moment of repair was missed due to movement.
Either way, solid fighting and onto the next... Me.
Elite Twitter game.
Dawg I thought he was a BMF he literally RAN!!! Should have just taken it like a man. https://t.co/NddPbVC92V— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) November 4, 2019
I got Nate next if they don't book the rematch.— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) November 3, 2019
Sorry to everyone let down by my performance. Tonight I just couldn’t put it together! Love all of you anyway and I promise you that I will be back better. Only way to go is up! God bless you all ❤️ #OnAmission4Gold #AllGlory2God pic.twitter.com/LQ1CVsa4TZ— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 3, 2019
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Goosebumps. My big ass smile is real, cos I feed off energy and this @ufc crowd BLEW THE ROOF off Madison Square Garden and embraced me as one of their own. And when I raised this BMF Title up high - the fans took the electricity to ANOTHER LEVEL. Insane. Thank you @danawhite, @ufc, all the fighters, coaches and especially the MMA fans for allowing me the honor to be part of your world. All love. All respect. See you down the road. Rock - People’s Champ #UFC244 #BMFTitle #MasvidalDiaz
NEVER EVER EVER FIGHT IN NEW YORK. Same exact doctor looked me in the eye and told me I had a broken leg. I knew I didn’t and knew I could continue. MSG...amazing history and venue...NY...horrible commission. #ufc244— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) November 3, 2019
Corey Anderson apologizing for being the most interesting he ever has been. SMH.
I want to say I apologize to @Johnnywalkermma , fans, friends, family, and my past athletes for the way I behaved. That was no way shape or form who I am as a person or a professional. I was taught to be a good sport. And that was not that. Emotions got the best of me. #ufc244— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) November 3, 2019
Seriously, people were actually talking about you.
.@CoreyA_MMA look at you now tough guy. You finally put someone away and now you talk shit to a barely ranked dude after you finish him? I hear my name is coming across your desk...sign it this time and I’ll do the @ufc a favor... or sit down, be humble and shut your mouth. ♂️— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) November 3, 2019
Don’t be the guy bragging about how easily you’re going to climb Mount Everest— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) November 3, 2019
They’re just . . . not good at this.
It's now week 3 of Jones watch and we still haven't seen any movement folks. Some have even speculated he has lost the ability to make a wise decision. We just ask the public for prayers to help him through this tough time. #PrayersforJones #andnew https://t.co/2LZpsXErWA— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) November 3, 2019
Wouldn’t that be something?
Johnny Walker and Danny Hardy.
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Hey @danhardymma , get your facts checked before saying stuff that is not true. I did not taunt Corey Anderson at all in the backstage before the fight and would NEVER do such thing. I know that moments like those, specially before the fight, are for focus and concentration. I really expected that a guy like you, who has been a fighter for many years, would ask me if this is true instead of just talking shit about me and painting a picture of me of a person that I am not. @coreya_mma @ricardoalmeidabjj you can come here confirm to Dan and the whole world how we were quiet and focused while waiting for our battle. Congrats and I will be cheering for you in the future.
I know you sent me a private message, but since you made this so public and social media got involved, I’ll have my say. When a respected team tell me something, why should I not believe them? I don’t care either way, I’m just analyzing a situation.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) November 4, 2019
The fact that you do taunt people, as you did when Corey pinged you with that first punch, makes it all the more believable. If you didn’t, then I apologize for sharing false information. I had no reason to believe it wasn’t true at the time though.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) November 4, 2019
Make it happen.
Before the final two fights, UFC 244 was the event of the year. Might still be but the main and co-main event definitely fell a little flat.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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