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UFCs Tito Ortiz wants to retire on July 4 weekend, targets Chuck Liddell or Forrest Griffin

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Chuck Liddell hugs Tito Ortiz shortly after beating him up in their first fight at UFC 47 on April 2, 2004.
Chuck Liddell hugs Tito Ortiz shortly after beating him up in their first fight at UFC 47 on April 2, 2004.

Once the face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and future hall of famer, Tito Ortiz has gone 1-5 in his last six contests after dominating the light heavyweight division in the early stages of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

After losing his last outing at UFC 140 to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on Dec. 10, 2011 via technical knockout in the very first round, many assumed it would the final time Ortiz would grace the world-famous Octagon and signal the end of his long and storied MMA career thats spans 15 years.

However, the former 205-pound kingpin says he still has one more fight left in him and he wouldn't mind doing it against one of two opponents who he is very familiar with, Forrest Griffin or Chuck Liddell.

Speaking to MiddleEasy.com, Ortiz says that despite the numerous and vicious body blows he took form "Lil Nog," he is in good health and plans on going out with a bang on Fourth of July weekend.

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"After the fight against Nogueira, you know I got hit in the body, no broken ribs, so I was very stoked. A little bruised, my heart hurts more than I think my body does, but it's one of those things that happen as a fighter. You know some win and some lose, just as long as I can walk away knowing that I learned something from it. July, hopefully Fourth of July weekend I will be fighting my last fight and I will be done. That's it; it's time to walk away. You know, Forrest, or I know everybody would like to see me against Chuck (Liddell) and, I don't know. We will see what Lorenzo and Dana have to offer and see what they want to do. I'll sit down with Lorenzo and Dana next week and let's see, let's make a fight, my last fight and let's make a memorable one. "

A fight with Chuck Liddell would be very unlikely since "The Iceman" retired from competing in MMA in favor of a front office position with the UFC after his knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in June 2010. Coupled with the fact that Liddell already owns two technical knockout victories over "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," the "trilogy" fight wouldn't make much sense.

Meanwhile, a third bout between Griffin would seem more likely, seeing as the two have already split two previous contests and Griffin isn't opposed to completing the trilogy as long as fans are willing to pay to see it.

However, a fight against former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua might make the most sense. Both competitors are coming off losses and "Shogun's" management has expressed interest in a contest with the former champion in the past.

Regardless of who "The Peoples Champ" draws, he is adamant that it indeed will be the last time he competes inside the Octagon.

Who is it -- or who should it -- going to be?