You know it’s bad when Bellator MMA turns you down.
But former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, never gave up hope that he would find a promoter willing to give him another mixed martial arts (MMA) fight, despite a 2010 retirement that ended in brutal fashion.
The man behind Golden Boy Boxing recently created Golden Boy MMA and his first pay-per-view (PPV) will feature “The Iceman” returning to the cage for his trilogy with longtime rival and fellow ex-UFC champ Tito Ortiz.
“I’m proud to announce we’ve signed a deal for the fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz,” De La Hoya said in a statement to ESPN. “This will be huge for sports fans around the world. 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.”
A date and location for their light heavyweight showdown has yet to be finalized.
The 48 year-old Liddell (21-8) has been inactive for over eight years while the 43 year-old Ortiz (19-12-1) last fought in early 2017, capturing a submission win over Chael Sonnen on Spike TV.