The rivalry between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddel helped shape the early days of the UFC.
Now, years later, Ortiz is anxious to meet Liddell again – this time, under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boys MMA Promotion.
Nothing has been made official yet, according to Ortiz, as all sides are waiting on Liddell to put his name to paper and sign the contract. At least that’s what the former UFC champion said during a recent interview with Submission Radio.
“I’ve bounced back faster than I expected, which is great. But I feel good, man, I’m anxious. I’m just waiting on Chuck Liddell’s side to kind of sign the contract, get this done. So, it’s just a matter of time,” Ortiz said. “I think Chuck’s kind of holding out, trying to make more money out of it, which it just doesn’t make sense because this deal is pretty much a cut and dry contract. We’re both partners. De La Hoya wants his 40 percent and me and Chuck Liddell get to split 30 percent. So that’s on complete revenue of the whole fight in general. And this is the whole thing that I’ve been waiting for for such a long time in mixed martial arts, to really make a difference, and we’re gonna do that with De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions.
“We’re able to make a big percentage of the revenue with pay-per-view, the gate, merchandising, sponsorship – something that no MMA event has ever done before, and we’re gonna make it happen.”
Ortiz added that the event would be “strictly an MMA event. This would be the beginning of Golden Boy MMA.”
The 43-year-old Ortiz last fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen for his 19th career win. Liddell, meanwhile, has not stepped inside the cage since 2010 when he was knocked out by Rich Franklin.
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