The idea of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz fighting again brings out a lot of mixed options. Both men seem to be down for it, but the time and place is what could be a massive hold-up on the trilogy. Bellator president Scott Coker said he’s interested but may not be able to promote it due to Liddell’s contract with the UFC, which prompted Ortiz to talk to the UFC about it. This led to company man Chael Sonnen to blast the former opponent for lack of loyalty.
“Tito [Ortiz], after all Scott Coker did for you – I mean they ran you around, you were the face of the company, you were main-eventing, you were making a bunch of money – that’s your response? You’re gonna come out of retirement, and you’re gonna fight Chuck [Liddell] in the UFC? You don’t give that to Coker? You’re gonna do it in the UFC? You finished your career at Bellator. You got treated great at Bellator. You come to the Bellator shows.”
And on th’subject of
Tito wants Chuck “fight” in UFC…
I heard Coker was the guy who went & paid to get that scoundrel’s car out of Repo yard, and he took care of the KID he found sleepin’ in the back seat….
— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) February 27, 2018
“First off, unloyal, scumbag move, my opinion. Second off, from a PR perspective, how stupid could you be? You’re not gonna get that fight in the UFC. That isn’t gonna happen. So now, you’ve showed your loyalty, you’ve showed your cards, and you’re not gonna get it. So now you’re gonna get rebuted by who you’re apparently trying to impress, and you’re gonna piss off the other side. I just didn’t get any part of it. I don’t understand how or why he would do it, I resent that he did it from a loyalty standpoint.” — Chael Sonnen speaking on his Beyond the Fight.
Whether you agree with what Chael Sonnen says or not, he is right about one thing: The UFC isn’t putting on the third Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz fight, so now the only option is in Bellator. This does make for sort of an awkward situation. Of course, Sonnen may be a little bitter, but if you look past all the insults, he does make a lot of sense given this particular scenario.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/27/2018.