Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz III Date and Venue Set
Friday, August 31, 2018
Yes, its officially happening. Yesterday it was announced that the trilogy fight between UFC Hall of Famers and former light-heavyweight champions Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell (21-8) and Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz (19-12-1) will take place on Saturday, November 24th, at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The fight is being promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, which is run by former boxer Oscar De La Hoya. It’s still unclear on the amount of fights that’ll be taking place during this event and if the card will be featuring any other legend fights.
The trilogy fight was originally scheduled to main event UFC 215 in 2010, after both served as opposing coaches on season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter. However, Ortiz withdrew from the fight due to injury and was replaced by Rich Franklin.
The 48-year-old Liddell was victorious in both bouts with the 43-year-old Ortiz, defeating him via KO at UFC 47 and TKO at UFC 66. At this stage of their lives and careers, Ortiz may have a slight advantage heading into this fight because he has been more active as fighter and hasn’t taken the level of damage compared to Liddell.
Ortiz last fought at Bellator 170 in 2017, where he submitted Chael Sonnen at 2:03 of the first-round. During his tenure in the promotion, Ortiz had a record of 3-1, with wins over former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar, and Chael Sonnen.
Liddell on the other hand hasn’t fought since UFC 215 in 2010, where he was knocked out by Rich Franklin at 4:55 of the first-round. Prior to UFC 215, Liddell had a two-fight losing streak, with losses to Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans, and both via KO and TKO. Liddell’s last victory was in 2007, when he defeated Wanderlei Silva by unanimous decision at UFC 79.
Golden Boy will hope to have the same level of success as Bellator in terms of these legend fights, which have been quite popular amongst casual fans that grew up watching these legends fight. In fact, Bellator received their highest TV rating for Bellator 149, which featured the trilogy fight between Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie in the main event and YouTube street-fighting sensation Kimbo Slice vs Dada 5000 in the co-main event.
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