For the first time in years, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz came face to face during the UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Las Vegas.
The two men both attended the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony at the Palms Casino Resort; wherein everyone witnessed their intense face-off. Lidell and Ortiz are set to fight later this year, thanks to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions banner. They still haven’t set the fight’s schedule, but both parties already gave their go signals.
The now 48-year-old Chuck Liddell’s last fight happened way back June 2010, when Rich Franklin sent him down in a knock-out strike. This was the former UFC light heavyweight champion’s third defeat by KO, before his recent loss by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans.
His tainted record is now at 21-8.
Tito Ortiz, who’s now 43 years old had a more recent fight. It was January of last year when Ortiz beat Chael Sonnen by decision.
He has a 19-12-1 overall record.
Both fighters are excited for the upcoming bout
Liddell and Ortiz are now on to rekindle their infamous rivalry in a trilogy bout everyone is bargaining for.
Ortiz on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show:
“Oscar said, ‘Let’s get this done.’ I said, ‘Let’s get this done,’ and it took about 2½ months to make Chuck happy enough to make it happen, and it’s signed. This fight is going to happen this year.”
Liddell on an interview with ESPN:
“It feels great to sign a deal, to be honest with you. It’s as exciting as I knew it would be. Golden Boy offers something different. We’re partners in this. And I never get sick of punching Tito.”
Watch the video of their intense face-off below:
This event will mark the first foray of Dela Hoya’s Golden Boy into MMA. Nearly 12 years after Liddell knocked out Ortiz in the third round of their second bout at UFC 226 in 2006, the former boxing champ is making it happen again.