Chuck Liddell thought he would finally be able to settle his long-time feud with “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz, but unfortunately for “The Iceman,” it doesn’t look like that will be happening soon.
The two fighters were coaches opposite of each other on this season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and Ortiz made sure to egg Liddell on, to get him ready to fight. Disappointingly for fans and for Liddell, it was announced he not be fighting Ortiz due to an injury, and instead he will be fighting Rich Franklin. Liddell recently talked with Men’s Fitness about not Ortiz and his upcoming fight with Franklin.
“I still really want to knock him out,” Liddell said of Ortiz. “After the sh** he said on the show I really wanted to fight. He ran his mouth and now I get to say ‘I told you so’ to Dana. I told Dana that he wouldn’t fight me and that he was just going to use this to get on TV.”
But Liddell doesn’t seem to care whether or not he ever gets a chance at Tito again.
“I don’t care,” said Liddell. “Honestly. I mean I’ve already knocked him out twice. All I want is, if he decides to come back to the UFC, that he should have to fight me to get back in.”
And regarding his new bout with Rich “Ace” Franklin, Liddell said he is training hard and hopes to knock Franklin out, so he can get on track to winning the Light-Heavyweight title once again.
“Other than the fact that Franklin’s a southpaw, there’s not much of a difference,” said Liddell. “I’ve had to work on my all-round game because he’s decent at everything. Him taking me down is not really a big threat, so if it goes to the ground it’s because I decided it should, but he is a much better striker than Tito.”