Dana Doesn’t Want To See Liddell-Ortiz 3
Chuck Liddell is one of Dana White’s closest friends, and a legend of the UFC, which is why White didn’t want the former UFC light heavyweight champion back fighting.
Liddell will face rival Tito Ortiz on November 24th in Inglewood, California for the first ever Golden Boy MMA Pay Per View, and White is not happy that his rival, De La Hoya, is letting his friend fight for the first time in ten years.
“Of course I am (upset),” White told reporters on Thursday in New York City. “I don’t think it’s any secret how I feel about Chuck Liddell personally, and professionally. I don’t want to (expletive) on his deal that he’s got going on and I hope that he makes a lot of money. I hope the event is very successful for them. But I wish it wasn’t happening.”
White promoted the first two Liddell-Ortiz encounters at UFC 47 in April 2004 and UFC 66 in December 2006, both won by Liddell.
Following that win, Liddell would lose five of six fights, concluding with a 2010 knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115. White following the loss would convince Liddell to retire as a fighter and become an executive in the company, until the UFC’s purchase by Endeavor in 2016.
“I don’t think Chuck Liddell should be fighting and that’s why I begged him to retire 10 years ago,” White said. “I hope it’s very lucrative for him and he does well.”
Initial Report: MMA Junkie