Former UFC light heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz ought to put together a third fight for years. Hold on there because Liddell vs Ortiz is officially going to happen!
Earlier this month fight was reportedly still in negotiation, the terms of a contract for the third fight and the target date and venue have been agreed upon. After months of taking shots and talking about this fight at each other, now it’s going to happen.
Liddell vs Ortiz History
The former UFC light heavyweight champions not only have fought once but twice in their legendary careers. The Iceman bagged home the belts against Ortiz at UFC 47 in 2004 and UFC 66 in 2006.
Since that second fight, however, Liddell has lost five of his six bouts with four of those losses coming via stoppage. He then retired in 2010 and hadn’t competed in nearly eight years.
Ortiz, meanwhile, last competed at Bellator 170 in January 2017, scoring a first-round submission victory over Chael Sonnen. Prior to that, he had won two of his three previous fights. Via LowKick MMA.
De La Hoya Announced Liddel vs Ortiz Third Fight Possible Date
Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN that he had signed the two former UFC light heavyweight champions for a pay-per-view bout later this year. De La Hoya is known for his massive success in the world of boxing as both a fighter and a promoter.
“I’m proud to announce we’ve signed a deal for the fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” De La Hoya told ESPN, via a statement. “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.”
Liddell vs Ortiz Official Trilogy Fight
Both members of UFC Hall of Fame, Liddell (21-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) and Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 15-11-1 UFC) officially locked in for their trilogy fight. The fight is set in November, a pay-per-view fight promoted by former boxing star-turned-promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
It is first reported by ESPN today that the bout is set for November 24, 2018. It will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California. According to the said source, the price point of the fight has not yet been announced.
De La Hoya told ESPN his plans on becoming a regular MMA promoter now to go along with his boxing events. Ortiz first announced the possibility of a third fight with Liddell back in May, saying he would come out of retirement to “give the fans the fight they have been waiting for.”
The Iceman already dropped a hint for the bout last year. Check out his Instagram post below.
Per ESPN, the fight will take place in a cage, not a ring, and a promotional tour is being considered to promote the event later this year. So, it’s official! Who’s excited about the trilogy fight?