Chuck Liddell Announces Comeback Effort, Seeks Third Tito Ortiz Bout

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Legendary light heavyweight Chuck Liddell refuses to retire peacefully, announcing that he believes a third bout with Tito Ortiz will happen and included location and promotional details.

Chuck Liddell appeared on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour today in-studio and to nobody’s surprise still wants to fight. He reiterated that is actually happening and provided details as well.

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya is venturing into MMA promotion with Golden Boy MMA and Liddell stated that that would be the landing spot of his match with Tito Ortiz. Also, California or Las Vegas would be the location of the bout. However, Liddell stated he’ll be coming back regardless of whether or not Tito is interested.

Liddell even threw out the name of Jon Jones, stating that he’d need two or three fights before taking on the troubled light heavyweight. Liddell is 48-years-old and told detractors to simply not tune into his comeback effort. “The Iceman” also added that he is currently 225-pounds and feels great, but cannot resist the lifestyle of being an MMA fighter again.

Chuck Liddell has not fought since 2010 after being knocked out in three consecutive fights to Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua, and Rich Franklin. He was being paid by Zuffa in retirement as a UFC employee, but was recently let go from that position following the purchase of the promotion by WME-IMG.

Liddell is 2-0 against Tito Ortiz with the matches dating back to 2004 and 2006. The former light heavyweight kingpin stated he certainly feels good enough to beat Tito again. Ortiz seems on board with the bout as well despite retiring last year, tweeting that he’ll be coming out of retirement for a third chance to take out Liddell.

Again, Chuck is 48-years-old. He has not fought since 2010. His MMA career ended with three rough knockouts in a row.

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Dan Doherty
Danny is a 2017 graduate of Ithaca College's Sport Media program. He has been an avid fan of mixed martial arts since watching the UFC’s 100 Greatest Fights special on Spike TV back in 2009. Shortly following UFC 100, Danny’s Saturdays, and most of his free time, became dedicated to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Most recently, Danny served as the Media Relations and Broadcasting Assistant of the Long Island Ducks baseball team and is looking to make his next step in his broadcasting career. Along with fellow Cageside Press writer Heath Harshman, Danny hosts a weekly MMA podcast, Throwin' Elbows MMA.

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