Tito Ortiz Shows Interest in Third Bout With Chuck Liddell


Tito Ortiz wouldn’t mind getting a third bout with his longtime rival Chuck Liddell.

For a time, Ortiz was considered to be the most dominant Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight. Liddell took over that spot with two finishes over “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Quite some time has passed, but both men have expressed interest in another showdown.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, Ortiz explained why the trilogy fight never took place in the UFC (via MMAFighting.com):

“I have a lot of interest level. Actually, on New Year’s, I asked the matchmakers for the UFC if they’d ever want to do a Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz III and he kind of looked at me and laughed and said, ‘Chuck couldn’t pass to fight again. He’s been knocked out, unconscious, five times.’ I guarantee you the doctor won’t give him a license.”

Liddell hasn’t competed since June 2010. He was knocked out by Rich Franklin. “The Iceman” last earned victory back in Dec. 2007. Time will tell if the 48-year-old steps back inside the cage.

Fight fans, we want to hear from you. Do you have any interest in seeing a third bout between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell? Hit us up in the comments section below.


  1. I feel like I’m going to be in the minority here. I ABSOLUTELY would like to see Chuck Liddell come out of retirement to fight either Tito Ortiz OR Chael Sonnen in Bellator. I came into the sport, opening this website off of the Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock feud leading into UFC 40 in Nov. of 2002. The first real intense feud that I followed from start-to-finish after fully being entrenched in the sport and “getting it,” was Tito-Chuck. I’m a total mark for that rivalry, loved the Bad Blood DVD documentary that UFC released on their feud, etc. I’d eat up a third fight between those two, even at this stage of their careers.

    So like Tito said in CLASSIC Tito Ortiz talk if that quote in the above article is verbatim — “I have a lot of interest level” in seeing them throw down again!

  2. Jeez give it a rest,enjoy your retirement.I get that the passion might be there but personally I think its cringeworthy seeing legends look like a shadow of their former selves.

  3. I’d love a 3rd fight. If they’re gonna put on fights with older guys, this is the one.

    Tito was actually getting the best of Chuck in the 2nd fight but Chuck got by with that amazing chin of his as he did against so many guys. I think with an average chin, Chuck would have been blown out by a lot if guys and would have lost to Tito in the rematch.

    With that said, I think Chuck used his chin as far as it could go. The way his last fights went should tell him something and he should stay retired. His KO losses weren’t TKO’s, they were ugly KO’s .

  4. Tito definitely had a better showing in the second fight, but I don’t know if he was “getting the best” of Chuck at any point, really. I always was curious to see how that third fight between them would’ve played out because, as we saw, Chuck was clearly already past his prime after getting badly KO’d by Rashad and Rampage, losing to Jardine etc. etc.

  5. He would definitely be a shadow of his former self, he already was before he retired and that was years ago lol. In Bellator he could juice up though if he wanted, plus, if he’s fighting Tito or Sonnen or someone like that, he’s not going to be shockingly out-classed or anything, so he might not actually LOOK like a shadow of his former self in the fight. That’s obviously pure speculation on my part, of course.

  6. I think a third fight would’ve ended the same way. Chuck may have been on the receiving end of a few brutal KO’s but he could still bring it. He still broke Franklin’s arm with one kick while Tito hadn’t won a fight since 2006 and was becoming a shell of himself.

  7. True, and Tito is gun-shy in those hot striking exchanges, he covers and tries to bob and weave but never fires back, hoping it will just stop. So, he wouldn’t be likely to stay in the fire through stuff like arm-breaking kicks ala Franklin. Good point. Tip o’ the cap to ya.


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