UFC Legend Chuck Liddell: “I will fight again.”
The Former Light Heavyweight Champion Eyes Third Fight with Rival Ortiz
Chuck Liddell spoke on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday afternoon, announcing he will indeed fight again. “The Iceman” was eyeing a possible fight with once rival, Tito Ortiz in late 2018. Liddell stated on the show “It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.”
Liddell and Ortiz are familiar foes, having fought twice previously. Liddell (21-8-0) has defeated Ortiz (19-12-1) twice via TKO/KO. Liddell is one of the pioneers of the sport, and his eyeing of a possible return would be huge for the promotion of his choosing. Liddell also made the comment to Helwani “This does not hinge on Tito’s participation.” The “Iceman” seems legitimate in his statement that he will fight again in the MMA world.
The once Light Heavyweight Champion made claims that he would not train for months and not fight somebody. Tito Ortiz is the ideal opponent, but if Ortiz backs out or pulls out, Liddell has back up plans. “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 said to Helwani.
Liddell retired from the UFC in 2010 following three losses in a row via KO, the latter of the three to Rich Franklin (29-7-1NC) at UFC 115. Liddell, now at age 48 vows he is ready to step foot in the octagon once again. “The Iceman” and UFC President Dana White have held a friendship for many years while working together. Recent events such as Liddell being stripped of his “lifetime executive” role in the UFC with the sale in 2016 to WME-IMG and White has been publically opposing a Liddell comeback for many years, still Liddell didn’t seem worried about Dana White or his comments. Liddell says the only reason for a comeback fight is simply missing the lifestyle of a fighter.
Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are both free-agents and would need to sign with a promotion in order to compete. The ideal promotion for Liddell would be Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy, which would be on PPV. Tito Ortiz has also been speaking of the possible third fight between him and Chuck Liddell. Ortiz took to Twitter to announce the rumors are true. Liddell didn’t stop there when speaking of returning to the Octagon, he stated he wants a piece of Jon Jones at some point as well. What an interesting day for the MMA world, one of the pioneers of the sport seems to be returning.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 14, 2018