CSAC Chair On Ortiz-Liddell 3 Approval
After Chuck Liddell made the date and location official for his trilogy fight with Tito Ortiz, the California State Athletic Commission confirmed that it will sanction and approve the November 24th bout featuring fighters who are 48 and 43 respectively.
Andy Foster, the Commission’s Executive Officer, told MMA Fighting that both Ortiz and Liddell underwent and passed the medical exams required for fighters above the age of 40. The testing which is recommended by the Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP), includes an MRA (Magnetic resonance angiography) of the brain, an EKG, as well as neuro-cognitive testing blood work, and an ophthalmological eye exam
Foster personally approved the matchup being made, due to both fighters fighting each other before and that it is still a competitive matchup.
“He hasn’t fought in a long time,” Foster said of Liddell. “But whether he’s medically fit to fight wasn’t my decision. He’s been medically cleared to fight. … I think that the Tito Ortiz matchup is reasonable. This isn’t the first time they’ve fought, this won’t be the second time they fought. This will be the third time.”
It’s pretty much beyond dispute that there was a time in Chuck Liddell’s life that he was the best 205-pounder in the world,” Foster said. “I think that’s beyond dispute. You bring a fighter up the mountain and you bring a fighter down the mountain as a regulator. Chuck Liddell didn’t start his career fighting world championship-level competition. And I wouldn’t approve him to fight a world champion right now or a 205-pound champion at the high levels or a highly ranked fighter like that.
“But Tito, on the same token, I think it’s fair to say he’s not in the prime of his career also, but he’s still a good athlete. He still wants to fight. And Chuck wants to fight. Chuck is still a good athlete. How is this not a competitive match? I think it is competitive. It was competitive the first two times. Chuck won. Just because people are coming down the mountain — to use the analogy — doesn’t mean that they should be disqualified from their chance to compete. Fighters like to fight. I think Chuck wants to compete, I think Tito wants to compete. As long as they’re medically cleared to fight, these people have clearly shown they’re good martial artists. I don’t see the problem of letting two older fighters fight each other.”
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