A 48-year-old UFC Hall of Famer's first fight in eight years has ended in a brutal first-round knockout defeat. Well, in advance of tomorrow's scrap, Golden Boy Promotions has released the preview video below.
Fourteen years after their first bout and 12 years after their second, Ortiz defeated his rival for the first time with 36 seconds left in the opening frame. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz 3 is the long awaited rubber-match between two long time rivals who were once good friends but turned into enemies and it takes place on November 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
And he somehow hasn't conceded he should've stayed retired - or that he won't fight again.
As for those previous comments from Liddell, Jon Jones claims that he will never again respond to a callout from the Iceman following Saturday night's loss. You know how much your dad works.. "I would have told Chuck, 'No, let's get you an ambassador job".
Liddell, who was once encouraged to retire by his close friend and UFC president Dana White, was noncommittal on his future. "You're a f-ing true champion, bud". Entering the bout he had said he wished to fight a couple of times, but he also stated that if he lost to Ortiz he probably shouldn't be fighting anymore. "I did it tonight by stopping Chuck Liddell, like I said I would". It is what it is.
"I came back and got in great shape", Liddell said.
De La Hoya has not committed to another MMA event. The main card and the preliminary fights will be shown live on FITE. Both are also partners with Golden Boy in pay-per-view revenue.
It was Liddell's fourth-straight knockout loss of his MMA career. For Ortiz, it is his first win by knockout since 2006.