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Here's the surprising (and important) reason Chuck Liddell has to win his upcoming Tito Ortiz fight

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Legacy? Paycheck?

Nah, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder, Chuck Liddell, just wants longtime rival Tito Ortiz to shut the (expletive) up once and for all when they throw hands for a third time this November in California.

“Tito is one of those guys I have to beat,” Liddell told Larry King. “I don’t want to listen to him. I still have to listen to him after beating him twice. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like if I actually lost to him, so this is very important for me to win this fight.”

Liddell and Ortiz, two pioneers of mixed martial arts (MMA), are fighting one last time (we hope) because they have a rivalry that is still relevant, despite their advancing ages. Well, that’s according to Golden Boy MMA promoter Oscar De Lay Hoya, who is adding cage fighting to his combat sports portfolio.

Though I doubt anything — including a third Liddell loss — will keep Ortiz from running his mouth.