Former UFC champion Tito Ortiz has been teasing the rematch for some time, even though he announced his retirement from MMA after a submission victory over Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 back in Jan. 2017.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” once again announced (Fri., May 11, 2018) via social media post that he’s coming out of retirement to fight with former foe Chuck Liddell.
Liddell and Ortiz have one of the most famous rivalries in the history of MMA. Both were supposed to fight for a third time back in 2010, after a stint coaching opposite each other on The Ultimate Fighter 11(TUF 11). But Ortiz pulled out due to a neck injury and Liddell ended up being knocked out in the first round to Rich Franklin at UFC 110 in June 2010. He holds two career wins over Ortiz from the glory days of UFC. After this loss, Iceman officially announced the retirement and took a job with the UFC as a brand ambassador.
Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya is beginning his own MMA company and have already decided to take on board Chuck Liddell with Tito Ortiz is considered a top option for an upcoming bout. If Hoya made this fight official this will be one timeless piece in the cage.
UFC president Dana White said recently, he would like to see De La Hoya and Liddell team up to launch their MMA business but when it comes to “The Iceman” stepping back into the Octagon, that’s where White draws the line.
How many of you want to see a Tito vs. Liddell trilogy?