After rumors that Chuck Liddell would not be facing long-time rival Tito Ortiz, due to Ortiz being sick in the hospital, Liddell reported today that the fight should still be on for the conclusion of TUF 11.
“I’ve heard the rumors, of course, but from what I understand, Ortiz is signed to fight, and he’s still going to actually show up and get the beating he’s supposed to get,” Liddell said today.
It was rumored earlier this month that Ortiz would not be able to finish filming the TUF 11 season and also would be unable to fight Liddell. Former middleweight champ Rich Franklin, was expected to step in and fill Ortiz’s place.
However that does not seem to be the case, and Liddell said he is ready to kick some Tito butt.
“I think I earned it having to put up with him for seven weeks,” Liddell said. “I earned the right to go out there and beat him.”
Chuck and Tito haven’t had the best relationship in the past years. Ortiz first called out Liddell at UFC 37.5 where Chuck took a win over Vitor Belfort. Liddell then went on to beat Ortiz at UFC 47 and 66.
During the early filming days of TUF 11, Ortiz was overheard calling Liddell an alcoholic and that he needed an intervention from Dana White to get ready for the TUF 11 season.
Of course Chuck was greatly insulted by the statement, and no more than ever can’t wait to get back into the cage with Tito.
“I was taking that fight as a tune-up fight, fighting a guy that I knocked out twice,” Liddell said. “Most of the animosity toward him was gone. I don’t really deal with him at all, so I was kind of over it. But within a week, he motivated me to want to try to hurt him – and he just continued to do that throughout the show.”
A possible location has not been decided for the fight, but it may be moved from Vancouver to Cincinnati, due to some problems with the Vancouver City Council.