Tito Ortiz believes that he didn’t get a “fair shake” when he faced Chuck Liddell in the UFC.
“Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell III, the fight that all the fans wanted to see for the longest time and never got a chance to,” Ortiz said to TMZ Sports.
“I never got a fair shake when I was with the UFC against Chuck, any of the times I ever fought against him. Let’s do it under a different promotion. Let’s do it under Golden Boy Promotion. He has a great background in promoting fights, some of the biggest fights in the world, and he bit on it, hook, line, and sinker. He’s in. Let’s see if we can make some history here.”
Liddell defeated Ortiz twice at UFC 47 and 66, Ortiz never explained how he was wronged, but he feels that under the Golden Boy banner he’d have a better shot.
In regard to the Golden Boy MMA project, Ortiz claimed they are targeting the fall for this trilogy fight. “I’m not exactly at the point where I can say where but when, October or November,” said Ortiz. “That way we have some time to promote. We’ll do a world tour – kind of go around to talk smack to build up the fight.”
Ortiz feels that even though he is 43, he can still be able to compete at a high level. “I only retired a year ago,” Ortiz said. “I got in the gym two weeks ago and let me tell you, I bounced back faster than I even imagined I could bounce back. I’ve always been in good shape, I take care of my body and I’ve got an opportunity to get redemption.
“Look at the history books. Randy Couture at the age of 43 won the heavyweight world title at the age of 43. I feel healthy. I have a great surgeon that put me together. I’m the million dollar man so let’s make a couple more million kicking Chuck Liddell’s a**. It’s gonna build. It’s gonna be the hugest fight in MMA history, just watch and see.”