World boxing champion and gold medalist Oscar De La Hoya is set to run his own MMA company and is on the verge of signing two high profile names for a fight.
TMZ reported on Tuesday that De La Hoya is in motion to closing a deal with former Light Heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz sits on the top list for an opponent.
“We’re finalizing contracts, getting everything rolling, so I’m excited man!” he added. ”I’ve been talking to Chuck and Tito and they have a crazy history. Both guys are beasts, man … they wanna fight each other. Hey, I’m ready.”
Liddell, 48, hasn’t competed since his loss to Rich Franklin via first-round knockout at UFC 115 back in June of 2010.
Ortiz, 43, a former light heavyweight champion, last competed in January 2017, choking out Chael Sonnen in the first round at Bellator 170. Following that win, Ortiz announced the retirement from MMA competition.
Liddell first began teasing a comeback last May, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” then said he would be up for one more shot against the man who has defeated him twice.
Both Ortiz and Liddell battled at UFC 47 in April 2004, and UFC 66 in December 2006 and Liddell comes out victorious in both contests via technical knockout.
This news may not well digest to UFC president Dana White, as he said during an interview on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, he would love to see Liddell get into MMA business with De La Hoya but wouldn’t appreciate if he steps into Octagon for a fight.
“I get it. Everybody sees whats going on, everybody wants a piece, and I hope that’s the case. What I do hope is that he is partnering up with Chuck Liddell and they are going to be partners other than have Chuck Liddell come in and fight. If they are going to partner up in the MMA business, nothing will make me happier. That is awesome and I would love to hear if that is true for Chuck. If he plans on kicking off his MMA program with Chuck fighting, that would not be good and really, really bum me out. Chuck Liddell is almost 50 years old, he doesn’t need to be fighting.”
Since White already gave his words, that trilogy between legends won’t happen in UFC, but Oscar is keen to finalize this fight the other way around.