The (not) long-awaited third fight in the Tito Ortiz/Chuck Liddell trilogy will happen.
Both MMA legends have signed on the dotted line, with boxing organization Golden Boy putting together this cagefighting bout (for some odd reason).
If you’ve been keeping score, Liddell won their first two meetings, back in the early 1920s. But Liddell’s chin turned to glass, and Ortiz has been winning against smaller dudes in Bellator between manic episodes of retirement, so…
…I have no clue how this match-up will go. I do know we’ll all be sad and disappointed at the end of it.
As per ESPN:
It’s official. Mixed martial arts legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will rekindle their infamous rivalry in a trilogy bout later this year, under the banner of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
ESPN has confirmed Golden Boy, one of the world’s premier boxing promotions, has signed promotional agreements with Liddell and Ortiz. An official date and location is currently being finalized, and should be announced soon.
The pay-per-view event will mark Golden Boy’s first foray into MMA. It will take place nearly 12 years after Liddell knocked out Ortiz in the third round of their second meeting, at UFC 66 in December 2006.
“I’m proud to announce we’ve signed a deal for the fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” said De La Hoya, in a statement to ESPN. “This will be huge for sports fans around the world. Ortiz and Liddell are two of the most recognized fighters in MMA history. They are legends in the sport.
“Everyone remembers their rivalry helped put the sport on the map, and we’re excited to host the next and final chapter of this historic rivalry.”