Coker: Unsure if Bellator Can Host Liddell-Ortiz III
Thanks to recent comments, rumors have swirled about a possible trilogy bout between retired MMA icons Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. One question that can come up, however, may be where the possible bout takes place.
As reported by MMA Fighting, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker would love for his promotion to host the bout. However, there may be one big thing standing in the company’s way — the contract status of Liddell.
Despite Liddell retiring from active MMA competition in 2010, and his front office position ended following the UFC’s purchase by WME-IMG, Coker says he believes Liddell may still be under contract to the UFC.
“I’m not sure. I just thought that to be true,” Coker said. “I don’t know the details, but when he retired, I think the contract freezes and they maintain some rights.”
Liddell and Ortiz were two stars that helped launch the UFC into the mainstream, with some extra thanks to their rivalry. Liddell has won both bouts between the two — defeating Ortiz at UFC 47 in 2004 and again at UFC 66 in December 2006, the latter of which saw Liddell retain the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.
A trilogy bout was scheduled in the UFC with the two coaching opposite teams for season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter, but Ortiz ended up pulling from the fight with a neck injury.
Original Story: MMA Fighting