The Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell trilogy fight seems to be official.
43-year-old Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 15-11-1 UFC) and 48-year-old Liddell (21-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC), both members of the UFC Hall of Fame, are fighting in November for the third time in a pay-per-view battle sponsored by former boxing star promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
ESPN.com announced today that the fight will be held on November 24 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. A prize for the fight has not yet been announced. But De La Hoya told ESPN.com he now plans to become a regular MMA promoter to come together with his boxing events.
Ortiz for the first time announced the possibility of a third fight with Liddell in May to retire to "fight the fans they were waiting for."
Ortiz had, as he said, retired at Bellator 1
Liddell has not fought since June 2010 when he suffered a knockout loss against Rich Franklin, who lost his third knockout loss meant. He officially retired later that year and accepted a job at the UFC as a brand ambassador.
Liddell has knockout victories over Ortiz, his former training partner and heated rival, in their earlier battles under the UFC banner. At UFC 47 in April 2004, he beat Ortiz 38 seconds into the second round. In UFC 66, he retained his light heavyweight title with a third round TKO in December 2006.
The second win over Ortiz gave Liddell a straight win, and by this time, it probably made him the biggest star in the sport. He lost his title next time through TKO to Quinton Jackson, who started a series of five losses in his last six fights – four by knockout.
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