Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz have agreed to face off for the third time in their decorated careers, Golden Boy Promotions confirmed to.
“This will be huge for sports fans around the world,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya said to. “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.”
Liddell and Ortiz have been part of some of the most influential fights in MMA. Their second bout, with the light heavyweight championship on the line, headlined UFC 66 in December 2006.
The duo first squared off at UFC 47 in April 2004, where Liddell knocked out Ortiz. Liddell won their second meeting as well, via TKO, retaining the championship while both men earned Fight of the Night honors.
The date and location for the third installment of the trilogy are still being finalized. The UFC Hall of Famers are expected to contest the pay-per-view bout at 205 lbs.
Liddell, 48, last fought competitively in March 2010.
“It feels great to sign a deal, to be honest with you. It’s as exciting as I knew it would be,” Liddell said. “… And I never get sick of punching Tito.”
Ortiz, 43, shared Liddell’s excitement. He last fought in Bellator in January 2017.
“I’m only interested in fighting Chuck at this time,” Ortiz said. “If anything, the rivalry is worse than it ever was.”
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