Ortiz: Liddell Is Holding Out On Third Fight

Tito Ortiz is ready for round three against Chuck Liddell, he’s just waiting for the “Iceman” to sign a contract.

With Oscar De La Hoya backing a potential third fight between the two UFC Hall Of Famers, under his Golden Boy MMA Banner, Ortiz told Submission Radio that he’s already put pen to paper.

“I started working out for almost a month and a half. My body feels great, I’ve bounced back faster than I expected, which is great,” Ortiz told Submission Radio. “I’m just waiting on Chuck Liddell’s side to kind of sign the contract, get this done. So, it’s just a matter of time.

“I think Chuck’s kind of holding out, trying to make more money out of it, which it just doesn’t make sense because this deal is pretty much a cut and dry contract. We’re both partners. De La Hoya wants his 40 percent and me and Chuck Liddell get to split 30 percent. So that’s on complete revenue of the whole fight in general.”

Ortiz has been calling for revenue splits in MMA for years, and was more than satisfied with what the Golden Boy promoter broke down to him when they spoke.

“It’s just a blessing in disguise,” Ortiz said. “We’re able to make a big percentage of the revenue with pay-per-view, the gate, merchandising, sponsorship — something that no MMA event has ever done before, and we’re gonna make it happen.”

As far as potential pay-per-view numbers, the former UFC champion is  rather optimistic.

“I talked to some of the guys like Sean Shelby, some of the other promoters, and they said, ‘You guys have a possibility of doing some really great numbers because people don’t know what to expect,’” Ortiz said. … “So what’s the magic number? Is it over 500,000? Will we meet that million number that we did last time me and Chuck fought?

“If we fall right in the middle of that, I would be happy. Chuck of course would be happy and of course De La Hoya would be like, ‘We have started a new game,’ and other fighters will be like, ‘How do I get a part of that? How do I get a piece of that? How do I get into that promotion?’ And talking to me would be the first step.”

Ortiz hopes to face Liddell in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Transcription via Bloody Elbow

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