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De la Hoya: Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell will make more money for trilogy fight than they have in their entire careers

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Oscar de la Hoya recently confirmed that time and date for the upcoming trilogy fight between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, which is set to go down on November 24, 2018 inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.

According to Oscar, Tito and Chuck will be paid handsomely for their efforts as he is confident the two legends will make more money for this fight than they ever made during their storied combat careers.

“Look, we have arguably the two biggest names in MMA. These are the pioneers that started with UFC and they have had two incredible fights together and now Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell will once again give the fans their money’s worth,” said Oscar on a recent edition of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.

“The fact that I am including them in all revenue shares makes a huge difference. Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell deserve it, they are legends. They deserve to be treated the right way.”

While de la Hoya wouldn’t give specifics, he says both combatants will earn their biggest checks ever for a fight.

“All I can say is that they are going to make the most money they have ever made in their careers. And I know that for a fact,” he added. “The fact that we are including them in all revenue shares is a big game changer for both guys. This fight was relatively easy to make because we do include them in all revenuers that are coming in to the pot. What fighter in UFC can say that other than maybe Conor McGregor?”

“The Golden Boy” previously stated the current pay scale in mixed martial arts (MMA) makes him stick to his stomach, so it seems compensating his fighters is priority number one.

Still, the fight has been met with some criticism from many in the combats sports world. Speaking of critiquing, Oscar admits he was a bit harsh toward the sport early on, but says it was all due to feeling a little threatened, as he saw just how MMA quickly took over the combat world.

With a newfound admiration for the sport and admitting he made a mistake by criticizing it early on, he says one of his reasons for getting into MMA is to offer fighters another outlet.

“One of the primary reasons is because I actually love watching MMA and I obviously love boxing. It came about a couple of years ago, but most recently I have been having MMA fighters approach me left and right or write me to tell me they don’t get paid enough,” he said.

“Whether it’s a championship-caliber fighter or one that has one or two fights. It makes me sick to my stomach to see main event fighters who are under no obligation with anybody come up to me and tell me they are getting paid peanuts. I think I can come in and make a difference with my formula that I implemented with Golden Boy Promotions from the start. I think I can change the way fighters are compensated.”

Oscar says he has no intention on being a competitor to UFC and says he commends Dana White and Co. for doing what they do. All he wants is to do is offer fighters another option for a bigger payday.

Music to many combatants ears.

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