Tito: Trilogy fight with Liddell will be hugest in MMA history
Chuck Liddell wants to fight again at 48. Tito Ortiz wants to fight again at 43. Boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya wants into the MMA business. So a trilogy fight appears to be in the works, promoted by Golden Boy.
“Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell III, the fight that all the fans wanted to see for the longest time and never got a chance to,” said Ortiz recently to TMZ, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I never got a fair shake when I was with the UFC against Chuck, any of the times I ever fought against him. Let’s do it under a different promotion. Let’s do it under Golden Boy Promotion. He has a great background in promoting fights, some of the biggest fights in the world, and he bit on it, hook, line, and sinker. He’s in. Let’s see if we can make some history here.”
“I’m not exactly at the point where I can say where but when, October or November. That way we have some time to promote. We’ll do a world tour – kind of go around to talk smack to build up the fight.”
“I only retired a year ago. I got in the gym two weeks ago and let me tell you, I bounced back faster than I even imagined I could bounce back. I’ve always been in good shape, I take care of my body and I’ve got an opportunity to get redemption.
“Look at the history books. Randy Couture at the age of 43 won the heavyweight world title at the age of 43. I feel healthy. I have a great surgeon that put me together. I’m the million dollar man so let’s make a couple more million kicking Chuck Liddell’s ass. It’s gonna build. It’s gonna be the hugest fight in MMA history, just watch and see.”
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