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Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell Is Closer to Becoming Reality – A Reality No One Wants

Here’s something to think about: the not-eagerly-anticipated rematch between ancient UFC stars Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell is edging closer to reality, but there’s a reason it’s being put together by a boxing promotion and not the UFC or Bellator. It’s because the UFC and Bellator crunched the numbers and determined it wasn’t worth the money.

First, the news, as per ESPN:

Mixed martial arts legends and longtime rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will officially meet for the third time on Nov. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya.

Golden Boy signed Liddell, 48, and Ortiz, 43, to promotional agreements in July. The date and venue were finalized this week. The California State Athletic Commission also confirmed to ESPN this week it was in the process of finalizing both athletes’ fighter licenses.

The trilogy fight will air on pay-per-view at a cost to be determined. It is Golden Boy’s first venture into MMA.

“I’m excited for our first Golden Boy MMA event,” De La Hoya told ESPN. “It reminds me of the first-ever fight I did in boxing [in 2002]. I’m going to see how this one goes, but just the way I did in boxing, I plan on becoming a regular promoter of MMA. There’s no reason I should only promote one sport.

“I strongly feel MMA fighters are going to be pleased with the fact I’m entering the sport. Hopefully, we will sign some great fighters and go from there.”

You know what? If there were any real money to be made from pairing these old fogies up for another go-around, you have to think the UFC would’ve already done it. Same with Bellator. But neither organization did. Instead, they’re letting Oscar De La Hoya lose his investment over it.

It’s not hard to see why. The fight will suck, and the fans who tune in will probably never tune into again when De La Hoya makes more MMA bouts.

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Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell Is Closer to Becoming Reality – A Reality No One Wants

Here’s something to think about: the not-eagerly-anticipated rematch between ancient UFC stars Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell is edging closer to reality, but there’s a reason it’s being put together by a boxing promotion and not the UFC or Bellator. It’s because the UFC and Bellator crunched the numbers and determined it wasn’t worth the money.

First, the news, as per ESPN:

Mixed martial arts legends and longtime rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will officially meet for the third time on Nov. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya.

Golden Boy signed Liddell, 48, and Ortiz, 43, to promotional agreements in July. The date and venue were finalized this week. The California State Athletic Commission also confirmed to ESPN this week it was in the process of finalizing both athletes’ fighter licenses.

The trilogy fight will air on pay-per-view at a cost to be determined. It is Golden Boy’s first venture into MMA.

“I’m excited for our first Golden Boy MMA event,” De La Hoya told ESPN. “It reminds me of the first-ever fight I did in boxing [in 2002]. I’m going to see how this one goes, but just the way I did in boxing, I plan on becoming a regular promoter of MMA. There’s no reason I should only promote one sport.

“I strongly feel MMA fighters are going to be pleased with the fact I’m entering the sport. Hopefully, we will sign some great fighters and go from there.”

You know what? If there were any real money to be made from pairing these old fogies up for another go-around, you have to think the UFC would’ve already done it. Same with Bellator. But neither organization did. Instead, they’re letting Oscar De La Hoya lose his investment over it.

It’s not hard to see why. The fight will suck, and the fans who tune in will probably never tune into again when De La Hoya makes more MMA bouts.

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Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell 3 Is Official

The (not) long-awaited third fight in the Tito Ortiz/Chuck Liddell trilogy will happen.

Both MMA legends have signed on the dotted line, with boxing organization Golden Boy putting together this cagefighting bout (for some odd reason).

If you’ve been keeping score, Liddell won their first two meetings, back in the early 1920s. But Liddell’s chin turned to glass, and Ortiz has been winning against smaller dudes in Bellator between manic episodes of retirement, so…

…I have no clue how this match-up will go. I do know we’ll all be sad and disappointed at the end of it.

As per ESPN:

It’s official. Mixed martial arts legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will rekindle their infamous rivalry in a trilogy bout later this year, under the banner of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

ESPN has confirmed Golden Boy, one of the world’s premier boxing promotions, has signed promotional agreements with Liddell and Ortiz. An official date and location is currently being finalized, and should be announced soon.

The pay-per-view event will mark Golden Boy’s first foray into MMA. It will take place nearly 12 years after Liddell knocked out Ortiz in the third round of their second meeting, at UFC 66 in December 2006.

“I’m proud to announce we’ve signed a deal for the fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” said De La Hoya, in a statement to ESPN. “This will be huge for sports fans around the world. Ortiz and Liddell are two of the most recognized fighters in MMA history. They are legends in the sport.

“Everyone remembers their rivalry helped put the sport on the map, and we’re excited to host the next and final chapter of this historic rivalry.”

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Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell 3 Is Official

The (not) long-awaited third fight in the Tito Ortiz/Chuck Liddell trilogy will happen.

Both MMA legends have signed on the dotted line, with boxing organization Golden Boy putting together this cagefighting bout (for some odd reason).

If you’ve been keeping score, Liddell won their first two meetings, back in the early 1920s. But Liddell’s chin turned to glass, and Ortiz has been winning against smaller dudes in Bellator between manic episodes of retirement, so…

…I have no clue how this match-up will go. I do know we’ll all be sad and disappointed at the end of it.

As per ESPN:

It’s official. Mixed martial arts legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will rekindle their infamous rivalry in a trilogy bout later this year, under the banner of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

ESPN has confirmed Golden Boy, one of the world’s premier boxing promotions, has signed promotional agreements with Liddell and Ortiz. An official date and location is currently being finalized, and should be announced soon.

The pay-per-view event will mark Golden Boy’s first foray into MMA. It will take place nearly 12 years after Liddell knocked out Ortiz in the third round of their second meeting, at UFC 66 in December 2006.

“I’m proud to announce we’ve signed a deal for the fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” said De La Hoya, in a statement to ESPN. “This will be huge for sports fans around the world. Ortiz and Liddell are two of the most recognized fighters in MMA history. They are legends in the sport.

“Everyone remembers their rivalry helped put the sport on the map, and we’re excited to host the next and final chapter of this historic rivalry.”

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Tito Ortiz “Anxious” To Return To Action Vs. Chuck Liddell

The rivalry between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddel helped shape the early days of the UFC.

Now, years later, Ortiz is anxious to meet Liddell again – this time, under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boys MMA Promotion.

Nothing has been made official yet, according to Ortiz, as all sides are waiting on Liddell to put his name to paper and sign the contract. At least that’s what the former UFC champion said during a recent interview with Submission Radio.

“I’ve bounced back faster than I expected, which is great. But I feel good, man, I’m anxious. I’m just waiting on Chuck Liddell’s side to kind of sign the contract, get this done. So, it’s just a matter of time,” Ortiz said. “I think Chuck’s kind of holding out, trying to make more money out of it, which it just doesn’t make sense because this deal is pretty much a cut and dry contract. We’re both partners. De La Hoya wants his 40 percent and me and Chuck Liddell get to split 30 percent. So that’s on complete revenue of the whole fight in general. And this is the whole thing that I’ve been waiting for for such a long time in mixed martial arts, to really make a difference, and we’re gonna do that with De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions.

“We’re able to make a big percentage of the revenue with pay-per-view, the gate, merchandising, sponsorship – something that no MMA event has ever done before, and we’re gonna make it happen.”

Ortiz added that the event would be “strictly an MMA event. This would be the beginning of Golden Boy MMA.”

The 43-year-old Ortiz last fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen for his 19th career win. Liddell, meanwhile, has not stepped inside the cage since 2010 when he was knocked out by Rich Franklin.

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Tito Ortiz “Anxious” To Return To Action Vs. Chuck Liddell

The rivalry between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddel helped shape the early days of the UFC.

Now, years later, Ortiz is anxious to meet Liddell again – this time, under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boys MMA Promotion.

Nothing has been made official yet, according to Ortiz, as all sides are waiting on Liddell to put his name to paper and sign the contract. At least that’s what the former UFC champion said during a recent interview with Submission Radio.

“I’ve bounced back faster than I expected, which is great. But I feel good, man, I’m anxious. I’m just waiting on Chuck Liddell’s side to kind of sign the contract, get this done. So, it’s just a matter of time,” Ortiz said. “I think Chuck’s kind of holding out, trying to make more money out of it, which it just doesn’t make sense because this deal is pretty much a cut and dry contract. We’re both partners. De La Hoya wants his 40 percent and me and Chuck Liddell get to split 30 percent. So that’s on complete revenue of the whole fight in general. And this is the whole thing that I’ve been waiting for for such a long time in mixed martial arts, to really make a difference, and we’re gonna do that with De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions.

“We’re able to make a big percentage of the revenue with pay-per-view, the gate, merchandising, sponsorship – something that no MMA event has ever done before, and we’re gonna make it happen.”

Ortiz added that the event would be “strictly an MMA event. This would be the beginning of Golden Boy MMA.”

The 43-year-old Ortiz last fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen for his 19th career win. Liddell, meanwhile, has not stepped inside the cage since 2010 when he was knocked out by Rich Franklin.

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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

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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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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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