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Report: Golden Boy MMA ‘Liddell vs. Ortiz 3’ Estimated at 40,000 Pay-Per-View Buys

While the trilogy fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz on Nov. 24 certainly had people talking, it wasn’t necessarily something that people paid to see.
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Report: Golden Boy MMA ‘Liddell vs. Ortiz 3’ Estimated at 40,000 Pay-Per-View Buys

While the trilogy fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz on Nov. 24 certainly had people talking, it wasn’t necessarily something that people paid to see.
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Report: Golden Boy MMA ‘Liddell vs. Ortiz 3’ Estimated at 40,000 Pay-Per-View Buys

While the trilogy fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz on Nov. 24 certainly had people talking, it wasn’t necessarily something that people paid to see.
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Report: Golden Boy MMA ‘Liddell vs. Ortiz 3’ Estimated at 40,000 Pay-Per-View Buys

While the trilogy fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz on Nov. 24 certainly had people talking, it wasn’t necessarily something that people paid to see.
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‘Look, He’s Not Chuck Liddell’

Rising UFC middleweight contender Israel Adesanya will have a massive opportunity to further propel his name into superstardom when he takes on mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Anderson Silva at UFC 234 this February.

Adesanya, who often draws comparisons to Silva and former UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones, is coming off a big knockout win over veteran Derek Brunson back at UFC 230. It was a coming out party of sorts and a memorable finish that allowed “Last Stylebender” to lock down a fight opposite his hero.

While Silva is still a competent contender, Adesanya has encountered some criticism for taking a fight against a 43-year-old legend who has competed just once in well over two years. Adesanya understands his current position, but wants to reassure fight fans that Silva is no Chuck Liddell, who recently came out of an eight-year retirement to get knocked out by Tito Ortiz in a massively disappointing trilogy fight.

“People who aren’t in my shoes (don’t understand),” Adesanya said in a recent interview with Submission Radio (shown above). “Look, he’s not Chuck Liddell. Don’t get me wrong, because of that being so recent people were like, ‘oh, how dare you, he’s 43’. Look, last time he was finished was when he broke his leg. He hasn’t been losing badly. He beat Derek Brunson. That was a close fight, I guess, but yeah, I think he’s just been bored.”

Silva, who hasn’t finished a fight since ending Stephan Bonnar via first-round TKO back at UFC 153 over six years ago, is widely considered one of the best fighters to ever do it. His performances of late haven’t been overly spectacular, but the Brazilian veteran still possesses enough skill to test almost any fighter in the middleweight top 10.

All of that said, Adesanya would be stupid not to jump at the opportunity to fight one of the best of all time. Silva may have initially declined the bout, but a guaranteed title shot by UFC president Dana White was all “Spider” needed to ready himself for a battle with the 29-year-old Adesanya.

“Initially I was disappointed (because he turned the fight down),” Adesanya said. “I was like, man, this is a guy who liked the big challenges, the great show. As he used to say, ‘I want great show,’ you know. And then he said no to me. I said, man, maybe he doesn’t have it anymore. And then he came back last Sunday, yup, I wanna do it. I’m like, they must have made him an offer he can’t refuse, and instantly I knew it was like, title shot. I was like, alright then. But I like to think it’s me.

“I feel like I’m the guy. Cause, you know, he said one time to Joe Rogan, ‘I want to fight my clone,’ and I’m better than his clone. I’ve studied everything he’s done, every single thing. I know some of him better than he knows himself, whether he likes to believe it or not, cause I’m on the outside looking in. And yeah, I just want to believe, I want to be the guy that brings the best out of him. You’re gonna see a different Anderson, Anderson of old, if you will. Anderson that teeped Vitor Belfort in the face and had me run to my room all, ‘ahhhhh, what the f*ck’. Yeah, I want to bring that guy back. So yeah, he back.”

If Adesanya is able to dominate Silva like he has dominated the majority of his opponents to date then there is no denying “Last Stylebender” his own shot at UFC gold. At the end of the day, not too many fighters have finished Silva inside of the cage.

“I’m gonna steal the show,” Adesanya concluded. “Look, this is the greatest middleweight of all time… and Anderson Silva going at it. What more could you want?”

UFC 234 takes place on Feb. 9 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, and features a middleweight main event title fight between current champion Robert Whittaker and former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum.

Stick with Mania for more UFC 234 fight card news.

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Liddell Suspended Indefinitely Following Ortiz KO

It’s too bad they didn’t suspend Chuck Liddell indefinitely before his knockout loss to Tito Ortiz, but hey, California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) is running a business and the recently-unemployed “Iceman” is trying to earn a living.

If Liddell, 48, plans to fight again, he’ll need to apply for reinstatement in “The Golden State,” because as a general rule, stateside commissions practice reciprocity, so what stands in California is law just about everywhere else.

Here is the complete list of injuries and medical suspensions for those fighters competing at the inaugural Golden Boy MMA pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in Inglewood, courtesy of our friends at MMA Fighting.

Chuck Liddell: Suspended indefinitely, see California commission; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact due to KO loss

Tito Ortiz: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to left shoulder, left knee

Efrain Escudero: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to right hand

Gleison Tibau: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for laceration to left eyelid; recommend fight weight of at least 165lbs.

Walel Watson: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to KO loss

Abert Morales: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact with no exception due to hard bout

Joe Roye: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to left foot #5 digital toe

Craig Wilkerson: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to left leg, left eardrum; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact due to hard bout

Dave Terrel: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture to right jaw; minimum suspension of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact due to hard bout

With the exception of Liddell, most of the above fighters will be able to return to combat sports action much quicker once doctors give them the green light. The lengthy suspensions are just a precaution in most cases.

Both CSAC and promoter Oscar de la Hoya came under fire for allowing Liddell to compete. While “The Iceman” passed his medicals, it was clear once the action got underway that the once-great light heavyweight champion had no business being inside the cage, where he suffered his fourth straight knockout loss.

And to quote UFC President Dana White (of all people), “Told ya’ so.”

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Golden Boy MMA Medical Suspensions: Chuck Liddell Handed Indefinite Term After KO Defeat

Chuck Liddell has been suspended indefinitely following his first round knockout loss to Tito Ortiz at Golden Boy MMA’s inaugural event this past Saturday.
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Midnight Mania! Tito Defends Liddell Bout: ‘He Called Me Out’

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Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell seem to both think of their bout Saturday night in different terms than the rest of us. Whereas most people, both in the buildup and in the actual event, were awestruck by just how much age had taken its toll on Liddell, in particular, that isn’t a framework that either man seems to want to take into consideration. Liddell insisted after the bout that he just made a mistake and got caught. Ortiz, despite mocking Liddell for his ‘junk’ form on the pads beforehand, is now upset that people aren’t giving him credit for his awesome win.

How the fight even got made has been a subject after the result, with the commission defending itself- it’s just business- to Ortiz defending how the bout came together on social media. He said this was something Chuck wanted- he had been just fine, minding his own business, when Liddell called him out.

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I’ve had some time to think about this fight verse @chuckliddell How it came to be? This is something that chuck wanted I was ok doing my businesses. He called me out. Yes I agree and helped make it happen with @goldenboyboxing . I took this fight very serious that’s why I put in a 18 week camp. 3x a day 6 days a week. I sacrificed everything. I was willing to put my life on the line. One year ago I had 3 level disk replacement in my neck. Plus 7 other major surgeries since 2009. But was still willing to take a chance against someone who beat me twice before. There is not quit in me. I have made mistakes and I have learned from them. That’s life! I want to fail so I can learn to better myself. I have lived my life with ups and downs but at the end of the day I keep learning. I wish more people would. Having everyone saying why are you fighting chuck again he beat you twice? 1. He called me out 2. I always wanted redemption. 3. I’m here to prove my fans were right and the haters were wrong. 4. An opportunity to start a new organization that will take care of the fighters as they should be. I showed the world what hard work and dedication can get you. I’ve never been so nervous before a fight like this one but I knew I was ready. The mind games that chuck was playing made me work harder. So thank you chuck. I was in a lose lose situation but I was willing to gamble with my health. Chuck said he was ready I knew I was ready, may the best fighter win. In this case it was me. I need to thank all my fans,friends and family that supported me for this fight. I couldn’t have done it without you! I respect chuck for stepping up and following through with the fight. You’re a champion and hall of fame legend that brought the best out of me! Sorry to all your fans I was on a mission. Thank you @moses___murrietta @parilloboxing @herdemkalash @raphaeldavis205 @scottcarrgbcm @jaysilvamma @ufcgymhuntingtonbeach @rvca you all help build me up so I could knock him down! THANK YOU!!!!

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I’ve had some time to think about this fight verse @chuckliddell How it came to be? This is something that chuck wanted I was ok doing my businesses. He called me out. Yes I agree and helped make it happen with @goldenboyboxing . I took this fight very serious that’s why I put in a 18 week camp. 3x a day 6 days a week. I sacrificed everything. I was willing to put my life on the line. One year ago I had 3 level disk replacement in my neck. Plus 7 other major surgeries since 2009. But was still willing to take a chance against someone who beat me twice before. There is not quit in me. I have made mistakes and I have learned from them. That’s life! I want to fail so I can learn to better myself. I have lived my life with ups and downs but at the end of the day I keep learning. I wish more people would. Having everyone saying why are you fighting chuck again he beat you twice? 1. He called me out 2. I always wanted redemption. 3. I’m here to prove my fans were right and the haters were wrong. 4. An opportunity to start a new organization that will take care of the fighters as they should be. I showed the world what hard work and dedication can get you. I’ve never been so nervous before a fight like this one but I knew I was ready. The mind games that chuck was playing made me work harder. So thank you chuck. I was in a lose lose situation but I was willing to gamble with my health. Chuck said he was ready I knew I was ready, may the best fighter win. In this case it was me. I need to thank all my fans,friends and family that supported me for this fight. I couldn’t have done it without you! I respect chuck for stepping up and following through with the fight. You’re a champion and hall of fame legend that brought the best out of me! Sorry to all your fans I was on a mission. Thank you @moses___murrietta@parilloboxing @herdemkalash@raphaeldavis205 @scottcarrgbcm@jaysilvamma @ufcgymhuntingtonbeach@rvca you all help build me up so I could knock him down! THANK YOU!!!!

The language here- bordering on ‘he made me do it’, is telling, because it speaks to some level of understanding that Liddell’s performance reflected the amount of wear and tear his body has seen. Yet, Tito’s remaining frustration with not getting all the credit for beating an aged and decrepit Liddell, seems to center around that sense that he had been on the receiving end of trash talk beforehand, which is a remarkable stance to take.

He also clarified how often he was training leading up to this, which I personally appreciated.


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Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Dana White Rips ‘F—-ing Cokehead’ Oscar De La Hoya for Promotion of Liddell vs. Ortiz

As someone who urged Chuck Liddell to retire from the UFC, Dana White was never a fan of seeing “The Iceman” make a comeback.
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Dana White Rips ‘F—-ing Cokehead’ Oscar De La Hoya for Promotion of Liddell vs. Ortiz

As someone who urged Chuck Liddell to retire from the UFC, Dana White was never a fan of seeing “The Iceman” make a comeback.
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