One of the most heated rivalries in the history of mixed martial arts will end for good when former UFC light heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz battle for the third time, live from The Forum in Inglewood, California under boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy MMA’s debut card.
Liddell and Ortiz first met at UFC 47 in April 2004 with the former winning by second-round knockout. “The Iceman” went on to win the UFC 205-pound title and made three consecutive defenses of the belt before he and Ortiz squared off one more time at UFC 66 in December 2006. Ortiz made it past the second round during the rematch, but Liddell finished him off via TKO (punches) in the third.
After that fight, Liddell and Ortiz weren’t the same.
Liddell (21-8) went 1-5 in his last six fights, including losing his last three bouts by devastating stoppages. UFC president Dana White forced Liddell to retire after the last loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in June 2010.
Liddell, though, always had the itch to compete and Ortiz was the person to scratch it.
“I wanted to get back into the game,” the 48-year-old Liddell told CBS Sports. “I got interested and excited about fighting again and I needed a tuneup fight. And I needed a tuneup fight that we could sell. Tito is a great tuneup fight and a great measuring stick to where I am and where my comeback is. If everything goes to plan on Saturday, I’ll be ready to go and fight someone for real.”
At 43, Ortiz (19-12-1) has been more active than his long-time rival. He ended his UFC career going 1-6-1 before retiring. Like his counterpart, the will to fight proved to be too much for Ortiz to ignore and he wound up signing with Bellator. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” had moderate success in the promotion, going 3-1, and looked to hang up the four-ounce gloves for good when he submitted Chael Sonnen in January 2017.
However, the thought of finally getting a victory over Liddell lured Ortiz into one final contest.
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Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 results
9:18 p.m.: Kicking off the main card of Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 are heavyweights Oscar Cota and Jay Silva. After suffering the first loss of his career in March 2013, Cota (8-1, one no contest) has win six consecutive fights. Silva (11-12-1), a UFC and Bellator veteran, is 2-3 in his last five. Expect the heavy artillery to be coming early and often.
9:02 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of the trilogy bout between former UFC light heavyweight champions when Chuck Liddell takes on Tito Ortiz. Grab your refreshments and buckle in as we inch closer to the highly anticpated clash.
Liddell vs. Ortiz fight card
- Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz; Light Heavyweight
- Deron Winn vs. Tom Lawlor; Light Heavyweight
- Gleison Tibau vs. Efrain Escudero; Catchweight (160 pounds)
- Walel Watson vs. Ricardo Palacios; Bantamweight
- Albert Morales vs. James Barnes; Bantamweight