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Chuck Liddell Confirms He’s Returning To MMA, Tito Ortiz Responds

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Just when you thought MMA couldn’t get any stranger than it already is.

Former UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are one step closer to fighting each other again.

Liddell confirmed on The MMA Hour Monday that he is returning to the sport, as he targets a third bout vs. Ortiz with promoter Oscar de la Hoya.

“I will fight again,” Liddell said. “It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.

Early plans are for November in either Las Vegas or California under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. De La Hoya, a former boxing champion, recently mentioned the idea of getting into the MMA business.

While Ortiz has previously stated he would only return for Liddell, the same is not true for “The Iceman.”

“I miss it. I never stopped missing it. And I kinda hadn’t really thought about it much,” Liddell said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, ‘You know what, what if he pulls out? Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all of this and not fight?’ Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn’t work out with him, I’m (still) going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else, one of the guys from my past probably, most likely, and we’ll see where I’m at.”

Liddell, 48 years old, will have been gone from the sport for eight years this June. He was knocked out by Rich Franklin that year at UFC 115, his third consecutive knockout loss.

Ortiz, who turned 43 years old this year and is 0-2 vs. Liddell lifetime, fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen via submission for his first win in three years.

 

 

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Chuck Liddell Confirms He’s Returning To MMA, Tito Ortiz Responds

The post Chuck Liddell Confirms He’s Returning To MMA, Tito Ortiz Responds appeared first on Fightline.

Just when you thought MMA couldn’t get any stranger than it already is.

Former UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are one step closer to fighting each other again.

Liddell confirmed on The MMA Hour Monday that he is returning to the sport, as he targets a third bout vs. Ortiz with promoter Oscar de la Hoya.

“I will fight again,” Liddell said. “It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.

Early plans are for November in either Las Vegas or California under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. De La Hoya, a former boxing champion, recently mentioned the idea of getting into the MMA business.

While Ortiz has previously stated he would only return for Liddell, the same is not true for “The Iceman.”

“I miss it. I never stopped missing it. And I kinda hadn’t really thought about it much,” Liddell said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, ‘You know what, what if he pulls out? Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all of this and not fight?’ Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn’t work out with him, I’m (still) going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else, one of the guys from my past probably, most likely, and we’ll see where I’m at.”

Liddell, 48 years old, will have been gone from the sport for eight years this June. He was knocked out by Rich Franklin that year at UFC 115, his third consecutive knockout loss.

Ortiz, who turned 43 years old this year and is 0-2 vs. Liddell lifetime, fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen via submission for his first win in three years.

 

 

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Tito Ortiz Announces Un-Retirement to Fight Chuck Liddell

Of all the rematches the fans of the sport are clamoring to see, a pairing of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz would rank down at the bottom as the one people want to see the least. In fact, no one wants to see it.

Everyone wants to see Liddell and Ortiz do nothing but sit on lawn chairs and drink strawberry daiquiris. I mean, after all the years they’ve put into entertaining us – and all the concussions they received – they’ve earned a permanent retirement on a beach in Florida.

But Ortiz lost to Liddell when Liddell was king of the light-heavyweights, back at UFC 47 and UFC 66, and with his complete manhandling of Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 earlier this year, the “Huntington Beach Badboy” has it in his head that another paycheck awaits if he dances with the “Iceman” once more, and so here we are…

I want to give the fans the fight they have been waiting for #TitovsChuck3 #Redemption thanks to @primetime360esm with @get_repost Tito Ortiz is officially out of a year long retirement. While on @BitetheMic with @MikeTyson and @Tattootheone Tito was asked if he was going to fight @chuckliddell -Tito replied why doesn’t @OscarDeLaHoya @GoldenBoyBoxing get into #MMA and promote the fight. Oscar should promote it and give the fans what they want Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Liddell 3. @primetime360esm #goldenboymma #moneyfight #megafight #badblood #titovchuck3 #4thefans #Mexico #USA #Brazil #Canada #Japan #UK #Australia #Africa #China #Europe #Germany #Russia #ufc @espn @foxsports @sportscenter @cbssports @sportscenter @sportsillustrated

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Please, God, no more. No more of Liddell suffering a brutal knockout and Ortiz getting pounded out and showing the world his sad face.

Let these men ride off into the sunset and stay there.

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Tito Ortiz Announces Un-Retirement to Fight Chuck Liddell

Of all the rematches the fans of the sport are clamoring to see, a pairing of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz would rank down at the bottom as the one people want to see the least. In fact, no one wants to see it.

Everyone wants to see Liddell and Ortiz do nothing but sit on lawn chairs and drink strawberry daiquiris. I mean, after all the years they’ve put into entertaining us – and all the concussions they received – they’ve earned a permanent retirement on a beach in Florida.

But Ortiz lost to Liddell when Liddell was king of the light-heavyweights, back at UFC 47 and UFC 66, and with his complete manhandling of Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 earlier this year, the “Huntington Beach Badboy” has it in his head that another paycheck awaits if he dances with the “Iceman” once more, and so here we are…

I want to give the fans the fight they have been waiting for #TitovsChuck3 #Redemption thanks to @primetime360esm with @get_repost Tito Ortiz is officially out of a year long retirement. While on @BitetheMic with @MikeTyson and @Tattootheone Tito was asked if he was going to fight @chuckliddell -Tito replied why doesn’t @OscarDeLaHoya @GoldenBoyBoxing get into #MMA and promote the fight. Oscar should promote it and give the fans what they want Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Liddell 3. @primetime360esm #goldenboymma #moneyfight #megafight #badblood #titovchuck3 #4thefans #Mexico #USA #Brazil #Canada #Japan #UK #Australia #Africa #China #Europe #Germany #Russia #ufc @espn @foxsports @sportscenter @cbssports @sportscenter @sportsillustrated

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Please, God, no more. No more of Liddell suffering a brutal knockout and Ortiz getting pounded out and showing the world his sad face.

Let these men ride off into the sunset and stay there.

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Tito Ortiz Announces Un-Retirement to Fight Chuck Liddell

Of all the rematches the fans of the sport are clamoring to see, a pairing of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz would rank down at the bottom as the one people want to see the least. In fact, no one wants to see it.

Everyone wants to see Liddell and Ortiz do nothing but sit on lawn chairs and drink strawberry daiquiris. I mean, after all the years they’ve put into entertaining us – and all the concussions they received – they’ve earned a permanent retirement on a beach in Florida.

But Ortiz lost to Liddell when Liddell was king of the light-heavyweights, back at UFC 47 and UFC 66, and with his complete manhandling of Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 earlier this year, the “Huntington Beach Badboy” has it in his head that another paycheck awaits if he dances with the “Iceman” once more, and so here we are…

I want to give the fans the fight they have been waiting for #TitovsChuck3 #Redemption thanks to @primetime360esm with @get_repost Tito Ortiz is officially out of a year long retirement. While on @BitetheMic with @MikeTyson and @Tattootheone Tito was asked if he was going to fight @chuckliddell -Tito replied why doesn’t @OscarDeLaHoya @GoldenBoyBoxing get into #MMA and promote the fight. Oscar should promote it and give the fans what they want Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Liddell 3. @primetime360esm #goldenboymma #moneyfight #megafight #badblood #titovchuck3 #4thefans #Mexico #USA #Brazil #Canada #Japan #UK #Australia #Africa #China #Europe #Germany #Russia #ufc @espn @foxsports @sportscenter @cbssports @sportscenter @sportsillustrated

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Please, God, no more. No more of Liddell suffering a brutal knockout and Ortiz getting pounded out and showing the world his sad face.

Let these men ride off into the sunset and stay there.

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Midnight Mania! Tito Ortiz films UFO, which turns out to be Elon Musk’s spaceship

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

We live in strange times.

Tito Ortiz, like most of us, was caught unaware by this… comet? UFO?

No, actually, it’s just a billionaire’s launch of his private spaceship.

That’s right, Elon Musk’s SpaceX was firing a rocket that carried ten satellites into orbit. Known as the Falcon 9, the rocket launched was part of a space tech upgrade for the communications firm Iridium.

Tito was not the only celebrity surprised by this event; Tony Hawk and Don Cheadle weren’t sure what to make of the spindle-shaped object in the sky either.

Elon himself stole tomorrow’s Infowars headline:

No one tell Georges. St. Pierre.


Insomnia

An illustrated version of that Francis Ngannou fan poster? Cool.

Roy Nelson needs to be careful or he is going to shed that gut, #bellyrubapproved or not.

Edson Barboza, like his UFC 219 opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov, has been doing combat sports for a long time.

Don’t be coy, Cyborg.

If you haven’t seen this by now, you don’t follow Dana White

Speaking of Dana White, this is some cool art he’s posting.

Thank u @msktinamarie for the awesome gift. @thenotoriousmma @floydmayweather

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Cub Swanson came in on his day off to hit pads with his baby daughter!

Chad Mendes is still ridiculously fast.

Slippin n Rippin with @joey_rodriguez916

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

There are always combat sports happening somewhere in the world.

It looks like mixing up the left kick and left straight worked really well in this fight.

Tenshin Nasukawa


Good Reads


Random Land

The crab had no chance in this circular game of deadly tag.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Fightweets: Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 might be so wrong, it’s right

You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers. Shall we?

Liddell-Ortiz 3?

@_JonathanDGAF: What’s your opinion on a potential Tito Vs Chuck fight in Bellator?

I think it’s time to stage an intervention, folks. My name is Dave Doyle, and I’m a Bellator legends fights addict. There, I feel better just for admitting it.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for them. Maybe it was because I was there cageside the night in San Diego three years ago when Tito Ortiz fought Stephan Bonnar, and the crowd absolutely ate it up. The bout was ruthlessly mocked throughout the buildup, and it was like watching two guys fight under water.

I know going in that legends fights are probably going to be terrible. For every Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock which ends up interesting, there’s three Kimbo vs. DaDa5000 fights, which go from hilarious to nearly tragic.

And yet when an idea for a new Bellator legends fight surfaces, usually when enough time has passed to forget how bad the previous one might have been, I find myself wanting to sign on in spite of myself. I’m clearly not the only one, because these fights still bring in the ratings, and as long as that keeps happening, Bellator will keep providing.

Which brings us to Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. Speculation has ramped up in recent weeks about whether Liddell and Matt Hughes, who were given front-office jobs to retire so many years ago, will come out of retirement now that they’re no longer being paid not to fight. Liddell, for his part, threw fuel on the fire last weekend by posing for a photo online with Ortiz, which led to Ortiz predictably taking it a little too seriously, which escalated further before Ortiz backed off.

Then logic reasserts itself, reminding you that Liddell is 47 years old, and that toward the tail end of his career, his fights all seemed to end with The Iceman on the canvas. There’s also the idea that, you know, Ortiz had his big sendoff back in January, a perfect high-note finish, which also happened to be his second big sendoff.

But Ortiz has never been one to leave well enough alone. He lost to Liddell both times they fought. If he could make a big payday off what would undoubtably be a huge event, would he really pass it up? And in Liddell’s case, I mean, it’s not like we’d be sending him out there to fight Daniel Cormier or Jon Jones. Which might be better than what you can say about throwing 43-year-old Mark Hunt, who’s been knocked out three times in the past two-and-a-half years, into a fight with a killer like Derrick Lewis this weekend.

Which brings us back to the same conclusion we aways come back to: You can list all the reasons why it’s wrong, but I’d watch, you’d watch, and that critic who says he hates the fight will also watch while making sure everyone sees him shaking his head in disapproval while he’s actually, you know, watching. Until the day the public tires of them and stops making them profitable for Viacom, thus it will remain.

What next a featherweight?

@danjwareing: If Aldo stays at 145 would it make sense to give him Cub and the winner gets the winner of Edgar / Holloway?

Jose Aldo’s the big question mark as the 145-pound division moves forward following his crushing title loss to Max Holloway last weekend at UFC 212 . The defeat sure seemed to mark the definitive end to the Aldo era. You can write off the flash loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 as a simple matter of getting caught, something which can happen to any fighter. Taking an epic beatdown in front of your home fans is something altogether different. When Aldo returns, will he have the same fire and confidence as he did on his way up?

And that doesn’t even take into account it’s likely to be a good long while before he returns. He took long breaks under the best of circumstances. This time, if he goes through another one of his public pouty phases before agreeing to his next fight, the UFC is less likely to humor him than when he was champ.

In the meantime, Holloway vs. Edgar is the fight to make at 145. Edgar’s 7-0 at featherweight when not fighting Aldo, including a finish of Swanson. Holloway, as spectacular as he is, still isn’t all the way there as a drawing card. A victory over a fighter the caliber of the former UFC lightweight champ would give him three straight wins over former UFC titleholders and do more than any other bout (save McGregor, which isn’t happening any time soon) to help get him there.

It’s not that Cub Swanson’s far off. With four straight wins, he’s basically the third horse in this race behind Holloway and Edgar. But given Swanson has lost to both Holloway and Edgar, his best bet is to let that play out and keep winning. Who knows, a meeting between Swanson and the winner of the UFC 214 Ricardo Lamas-Jason Knight fight might be the one to make.

Fighters associations

@CodyAM1993: It’s been over a year since the creation of multiple fighter unions, yet, no true movement…what will it take to get unionization in MMA?

I’m more convinced than ever that we’re never going to see a real fighters’ union or association take hold. The timing never would have been better than last year, in the wake of the UFC sale, for something big to go down. Then the MMAAA had their big rollout last year and … and, one by one, the big names involved, from Donald Cerrone to Georges St-Pierre to T.J. Dillashaw, all dropped off. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

What I do think we’ll see, however, is the continued trend toward fighters losing their fear of speaking out against the big machine. Demetrious Johnson laid bare all the alleged tactics the UFC tried to throw his way. Would that have happened two, three, five years ago? And not only did DJ speak out, but other fighters within the company, such as Daniel Cormier, who like DJ has also been a good company man, have been unafraid to back him up .

(Side note: In back-to-back weeks, on UFC Tonight, we’ve seen Gegard Mousasi given air time to say he’s not happy with the UFC’s latest contract offer, and DC take the UFC to task over DJ. Given that on FS1, we’re used to having Megan Olivi nod along and tell Dana White he’s right when White says not to believe the media, it will be interesting to see if this new direction the show seems to be taking becomes permanent).

Predictions for the rest of the year

@SlayKatzNY: We are 6 months into the year. Look into your crystal ball – what will be the 2 biggest MMA news stories of the final half of the year?

Here goes: Conor knocks out Floyd Mayweather, leading to a rematch for even more money than the first fight … wait, is this thing working? (shakes the crystal ball a bit) … Okay let’s try again: Michael Bisping comes back from his knee injury, says no to GSP because he wants to silence his detractors, knocks out Yoel Romero, and then turns right back around and wins a rematch with Luke Rockhold … wait, c’mon now (shakes crystal ball violently)Cormier and Jones actually make it to the Octagon with no further injuries, suspensions, or weigh-in issues … okay, that’s it, this thing’s got a bug. Let me return this to sender and get back to you.

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Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones and I are ‘better than the Chuck Liddells and the Tito Ortizes have ever been’

The public banter has already begun between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and nemesis Jon Jones after “DC” blasted “Bones” for past steroid use earlier this week. Cormier and Jones absolutely hate one another, but the 205-pound king recently acknowledged that he and Jones are the best fighters to ever compete in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. In fact, Cormier took direct aim at two of the more legendary fighters in UFC history.

“Let’s forget about the old guys,” said Cormier during a recent appearance on FOX Sports’ The Herd. “The old guys were good, they were great. (But) you’re watching the two best fighters in the light heavyweight division’s history because nobody in the past can beat Jon or I. So you’re watching the two best.”

“It’s the same with basketball and everything,” added Cormier. “We’ve got to let go of our childhood and understand that people can be better. And Jon and I are better than the Chuck Liddells and the Tito Ortizes have ever been. We’re more skilled, the game changes. And I watch you every morning make this case for LeBron James. LeBron James is a better basketball player than Michael Jordan.”

Nobody would dare dispute the fact that Jones is the best light heavyweight in UFC history, but the argument can be made that Liddell still edges Cormier out for the No. 2 spot. After all, Liddell had four consecutive title defenses to Cormier’s two, and holds the record for most knockouts in UFC light heavyweight history with 10.

As for Ortiz, despite his dominance atop the division and five-straight title defenses, his two knockout losses to “The Iceman” inside of the Octagon put him just a nose hair behind the others.

Cormier vs. Jones II will go down at UFC 214 on July 29 from inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California. If Jones can get past “DC” in a more dominant fashion than he did at UFC 182 he’ll further solidify his legacy as the best light heavyweight ever.

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Chuck Liddell unloads on ‘piece of sh*t’ Tito Ortiz over social media

Well, that escalated fast.

What started as a simple photo op between former UFC light heavyweight champions and longtime rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz has escalated into a war of words over social media.

First, the photo, which Liddell posted to his Instagram over the weekend:

Why not?

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Sunday, Ortiz attempted to troll Liddell on Twitter, saying “I don’t need the money” and offering to give him a loan.

Monday, Liddell went ballistic, saying telling Ortiz that while “I heard you changed for the better,” that he must be “still the same piece of shit I’ve punked on numerous occasions.”

“We took the pic as requested by the media,” Liddell wrote. “You knew I was going to post it, u posed for it. I heard you changed for the better but with your lack of class and character i knew it was impossible. Some encouraged me to give you a shot saying Amber changed u. Judging from your tweet you’re still the same piece of sh*t I’ve punked on numerous occasions. Now we know who the real trash was, you can’t blame @jennacantlose any more. Man up! Now let me borrow some money b*tch, where should we meet up I need it soon!”

The Liddell-Ortiz rivalry was critical to helping fuel the Zuffa-era MMA boom. Liddell won their first fight via second-round knockout at UFC 47. Their rematch, at UFC 66, was at the time far and away the biggest event in UFC history, drawing the company’s first $ 5M gate and first million-buy-PPV. Liddell won that one via TKO in the fourth round, successfully defending the 205-pound belt.

Ortiz, for his part, has retired twice, most recently after his win over Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 in January. Liddell retired to a UFC front office job following his UFC 115 loss to Rich Franklin in 2010, which was his fourth KO loss in his last six fights.

But with Liddell being cut from his UFC job late last year, speculation has run rampant on a potential return. Scott Coker, CEO of Bellator, which would seem the most likely landing spot for such a fight, recently indicated the company would talk to both Liddell and Matt Hughes, also let go by the UFC, when the time was right.

Ortiz has yet to respond to Liddell’s latest comments.

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Chuck Liddell teases comeback with Tito Ortiz staredown: ‘Why not?’

Who’s down for round three?

It’s no secret whispers have been growing louder about a potential comeback from former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Well, the 47-year-old Hall of Famer threw more fuel onto the fire Sunday night on Instagram, posting a staredown opposite his old rival, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz.

Why not?

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Liddell and Ortiz, of course, share quite a history.

The two legends were friends and training partners in the early days of the UFC before turning on one another and forging one of the most memorable rivalries of the early Zuffa era. Liddell and Ortiz ultimately met twice inside the Octagon, with Liddell winning both matches — a second-round knockout at UFC 47, followed by a third-round knockout at UFC 66 two years later.

Liddell parted ways with the UFC in late 2016 after serving in a largely honorary executive role with the company since his retirement in 2010, a casualty of the promotion-wide staff cuts made by the new UFC owners at WME-IMG. Since then, Liddell has posted a variety of training videos and images on his social media accounts, teasing the idea of the comeback. Liddell’s longtime trainer John Hackelman even recently said “it would all depend on the opponent” when asked about the possibility of the “Iceman” lacing up the gloves for one more run.

Would Ortiz be a tantalizing enough foe to coax Liddell back? Or how about Vitor Belfort, the 40-year-old legend who picked up a win at UFC 212 and called out Liddell?

As Liddell recently told TMZ, “we’ll see.”

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