Ortiz-Liddell III Signed By Golden Boy
12 years removed from their last fight, and a decade since Chuck Liddell would step into a cage, he and Tito Ortiz have signed to fight each other for a third time.
After both men approached the UFC and Bellator with a potential rematch, it was Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya, who would end up promoting the fight as their first MMA event.
“I’m proud to announce we’ve signed a deal for the fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” said De La Hoya, in a statement to ESPN. “This will be huge for sports fans around the world. Ortiz and Liddell are two of the most recognized fighters in MMA history. They are legends in the sport.
“Everyone remembers their rivalry helped put the sport on the map, and we’re excited to host the next and final chapter of this historic rivalry.”
As reported initially by ESPN, there are no details on a date or location, but Liddell confirmed that it will take place inside a cage and at 205 pounds.
“It feels great to sign a deal, to be honest with you, it’s as exciting as I knew it would be,” Liddell told ESPN. “Golden Boy offers something different. We’re partners in this. And I never get sick of punching Tito.”
Ortiz returns to fighting after a submission loss to Chael Sonnen while a member of the Bellator roster in January, 2017.”I’m only interested in fighting Chuck at this time,” said Ortiz, who has already started training again. “If anything, the rivalry is worse than it ever was. This isn’t made for TV. This is as real as it gets.”
Liddell and Ortiz last squared off at UFC 66 in 2006, where not only Liddell win via knockout, but produce a gate of $5.4 million dollars, giving Liddell the 2-0 edge over the Huntington Beach native.
“Just like boxing fans remember the historic rivalry between Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, do so MMA fans remember the rivalry between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” said Golden Boy president Eric Gomez. “But Liddell-Ortiz never got their third fight. This time fans will get to see the third fight. They’ll the culmination of a heated trilogy that was pivotal for the sport.”
This comes after De La Hoya began teasing a Golden Boy MMA brand earlier in the spring, after meeting with Liddell.
Initial Report: ESPN