Blended martial arts legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will re-ignite their notorious contention in a trilogy bout later this yr, below the banner of Oscar De L. a. Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
ESPN has showed that Golden Boy, some of the international’s premier boxing promotions, has signed promotional agreements with Liddell and Ortiz. An reliable date and placement are being finalized and must be introduced quickly.
The pay-per-view tournament will mark Golden Boy’s first foray into MMA. It is going to happen just about 12 years after Liddell knocked out Ortiz within the 3rd around in their 2nd assembly, at UFC 66 in December 2006.
“I am proud to announce now we have signed a deal for the combat between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” De L. a. Hoya stated in a observation to ESPN. “This shall be massive for sports activities enthusiasts all over the world. Ortiz and Liddell are two of essentially the most identified warring parties in MMA historical past. They’re legends within the recreation.
“Everybody recollects their contention helped put the game at the map, and we are excited to host the following and ultimate bankruptcy of this historical contention.”
Golden Boy isn’t providing additional main points at the moment. Liddell advised ESPN the bout will happen within a cage, no longer a hoop. It’s anticipated to happen at 205 kilos, the similar weight elegance each males fought in all over their careers.
Liddell, 48, retired from MMA in 2010, on the request of UFC president and longtime pal Dana White. Liddell held an govt place on the UFC till 2016, when the corporate offered to new possession.
The California local misplaced his closing 3 bouts by means of knockout, however hinted at a comeback for years. He stated he isn’t restricting his go back to the Ortiz combat.
“It feels nice to signal a deal, to be truthful with you. It is as thrilling as I knew it might be,” Liddell advised ESPN. “Golden Boy provides one thing other. We are companions on this. And I by no means get ill of punching Tito.”
Ortiz, 43, introduced his retirement in 2012, following his ultimate bout within the UFC. He returned to the game two years later for a four-fight run in Bellator MMA. He defeated Chael Sonnen by means of first-round submission in his most up-to-date bout, in January 2017.
“I am handiest excited about combating Chuck at the moment,” stated Ortiz, who has already began coaching once more. “If the rest, the contention is worse than it ever was once. This is not made for TV. That is as actual because it will get.”
Ortiz (19-12-1), of Huntington Seaside, California, shall be in the hunt for his first victory towards Liddell. The 2 former UFC mild heavyweight champions met for the primary time in a non-title bout in April 2004. Liddell gained by means of TKO in the second one around.
The rematch at UFC 66 was once a large monetary good fortune, generating a reside gate of just about $five.four million. It stays the ninth-highest-grossing MMA tournament in Las Vegas historical past.
“Identical to boxing enthusiasts take into account the historical contention between Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, so do MMA enthusiasts take into account the contention between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” Golden Boy president Eric Gomez stated. “However Liddell-Ortiz by no means were given their 3rd combat. This time enthusiasts gets to look the 3rd combat. They are going to see the end result of a heated trilogy that was once pivotal for the game.”
De L. a. Hoya hinted at an passion in launching Golden Boy MMA previous this yr. Discussions are underway for a possible promotional excursion later this yr.
“I am excited for Tito and MMA generally,” stated Ortiz’s longtime supervisor, George Prajin. “Tito has been blessed to have labored with Dana White and [former UFC owner] Lorenzo Fertitta, [Bellator president] Scott Coker and now Oscar De L. a. Hoya, who’s offering Tito the chance to maximise his closing combat towards his greatest rival.”