On November 24, the third and final chapter of the Chuck Lidell vs Tito Ortiz rivalry will unfold at the Forum arena in Inglewood, California.
After absorbing a pair of loss in their previous meetings, the 43-year old Ortiz is looking to snap his losing streak against his former tormentor. With less than three weeks remaining before the trilogy, ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ is wasting no time in perfecting his form to end his rivalry with ‘The Iceman’ on a searing note.
Liddell has been also hitting the gym and putting off major work to regain his vintage form in a bid to turn back his rival for the third time in a row. With both fighters in their 40’s, who will be in better shape for their upcoming fight?
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The Ortiz-Liddell rivalry is one of the most exciting match-ups in MMA history. In three years, they met in the cage twice, with the more-experienced Liddell sweeping Ortiz in both fights.
‘The Iceman’ finished his rival via second-round knockout in their first meeting in April 2004, then reasserted his mastery over Ortiz in their rematch in December 2006 to pick up another knockout win. Obviously, Ortiz is itching to score his first victory over Liddell while the latter is looking to prove that he still has it despite a lengthy layoff. This is why the finale of their celebrated rivalry would be still exciting despite doubts and criticisms from some MMA fans.
Liddell is aware of the challenge brought up by his decision to return to professional fighting. He knew he needs to be in his best shape coming into the fight as he promised that it will be his last if Ortiz comes out with the win.
“When I started getting back in shape, if I decided to fight I said I was gonna do two or three more after that. This is just a great warm-up fight. There’s not a better tuneup fight than Ortiz. I mean he’s someone I’m better than at everything, so it’s a great tuneup fight for me. If he beats me, I have no business being back in the ring again. If he beats me, I’m done.”
Since early October, ‘The Iceman’ has been putting on a lot of work to scrape off the rust brought by his long layoff. Here’s a sneak peak of his training:
All Work, No Play
Ortiz knows that a lot is at stake in this fight. A win will not just give him his first victory over Liddell but will also give the 2009 Hall of Famer a reality check that will send him back to retirement.
Prior to this fight, the 43-year old mixed martial artist wants to take advantage of his rusty opponent. Ortiz has been training since August, six times a week and two times per day, to be in his best shape in one of the most important bouts in his career.
‘The People’s Champ’ has been vocal about his training regime for his upcoming fight with Liddell. According to the former light heavyweight champion, his training consists of running, boxing, kickboxing, sparring, and wrestling while his diet is composed of high-protein, low-carbs, and low sugar meals.
Ortiz has sustained numerous injuries in the past, which forced him to undergo major surgeries. But these are a non-issue for him as he claims that he is in his best shape ever ahead of the November 24 bout.
Fans have agreed to this claim, saying that Ortiz is indeed in much better physical shape compared to his long-time rival. In a video uploaded by ‘The Mac Life’ last week, MMA enthusiasts had a glimpse of how Ortiz has been preparing for the gigantic showdown vs Liddell. Watch it below:
Will this intense preparation translate into a win for Ortiz? Or will Liddell shut down the naysayers and end up with the victory?
(Featured Image Source: Tito Ortiz/Instagram and The Mac Life/YouTube)