Two MMA legends will throw down on Nov. 24 when Chuck Liddell, 48, faces off against Tito Ortiz, 43, for a third fight, this time under the Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
The pair have met on two occasions before in the Ultimate Fighting Championship firstly at UFC 47 in 2004 where Liddell lit up Ortiz with strikes on the way to a second-round knockout. The second encounter between the pair occurred in 2006 at UFC 66 while Liddell was the reigning light heavyweight champion. On that night Ortiz fared a little better, but it ended the same, with Liddell stringing together a combo of punches and dropping “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” in the third round.
After a recent press conference in the lead-up to the fight, Liddell told Radio Rahim of Seconds Out that if Ortiz manages to beat him in November he will retire and stay retired.
“I’m fighting again,” Liddell said. “When I started getting back in shape, if I decided to fight I said I was gonna do two or three more after that. I got in shape, I’m ready to go. My body’s firing great. Everything’s going great and I’m ready to fight. This is just a great warm-up fight. (There’s) not a better tuneup fight than him. I mean he’s someone I’m better than at everything, so it’s a great tuneup fight for me. If he beats me, I have no business being back in the ring again. If he beats me, I’m done.”