Mixed martial arts icons Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will fight for the third time on Nov. 24, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya told.
It will be Golden Boy’s first venture into MMA.
“I’m excited for our first Golden Boy MMA event,” De La Hoya said. “It reminds me of the first-ever fight I did in boxing (in 2002). I’m going to see how this one goes, but just the way I did in boxing, I plan on becoming a regular promoter of MMA. There’s no reason I should only promote one sport.
“I strongly feel MMA fighters are going to be pleased with the fact I’m entering the sport. Hopefully, we will sign some great fighters and go from there.”
Liddell won both previous bouts by KO – the first in 2004, the second in 2006. He was the first man ever to knock out Ortiz.
“The Iceman” will come out of an eight-year retirement to again step into a cage with Ortiz, who fought for Bellator from 2014-17, most recently defeating Chael Sonnen via first-round submission.
“Obviously, both guys are warriors and pioneers,” De La Hoya said. “It’s like (Floyd) Mayweather vs. (Manny Pacquiao, in 2015). People were asking for that fight for the longest time. It finally happened and it broke records.”
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