Chuck Liddell has been stoking the flames of a potential return to the cage since 2017, and it seems that Tito Ortiz is more than open to fight the “Iceman” one more time.
Speaking recently with TMZ Sports, Ortiz claims he has “a lot of interest” in a third fight against the former UFC light heavyweight champion, and that even pitched it to the UFC in the beginning of 2018, but the issue according to Ortiz is getting Liddell a license from a state athletic commission.
“Actually, on New Year’s, I asked the matchmakers for the UFC if they’d ever want to do a Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz III and he kind of looked at me and laughed and said, ‘Chuck couldn’t pass to fight again. He’s been knocked out, unconscious, five times.’ I guarantee you the doctor won’t give him a license.”
It has been almost a decade since the 48 year old Liddell stepped inside the cage, when he was knocked out by Rich Franklin at UFC 115, but Liddell recently said he was “staying ready” for a possible return.
And even though Liddell doesn’t think Ortiz would accept, especialyl after retiring against Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170, Ortiz would be happy to fight Liddell, but its up to the UFC to make a third fight happen, and decided to pressure UFC Matchmaker Sean Shelby to make the fight happen on Twitter.
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) February 20, 2018
Ortiz seems eager to return to the Octagon against Liddell one more time, especially since he’s been welcomed back to events, following a brief retirement at UFC 148 and a loss to rival Forrest Griffin.
“I thought of it just because I was pumped because of the UFC in general, being back in the house, but I don’t know. I would like another go at it. I left on a high stool of choking Chael within two-and-a-half minutes. My body’s fine. I know Chuck Liddell’s been knocked out unconscious to the point where they had to give him the smelling salts to make him feel better but he’s looking to be a paycheck. I understand it. I have other businesses, and it’s not a hurry for me to fight. I don’t want to fight, I don’t need to fight, but if Chuck needs to, I’ll be a good friend like he was once and give him a payday.”