Last night, at the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony, UFC Hall-of-Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz engaged in the first staredown ahead of their newly announced third fight. See this surprisingly tense staredown in the video at the top of this post!
Liddell and Ortiz’s third fight will occur under the banner of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. It will be De La Hoya’s first foray into promoting MMA.
“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. Ortiz and Liddell are two of the most recognized fighters in MMA history. They are legends in the sport.
“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.”
The 48-year-old Chuck Liddell has not fought since June of 2010, when he was knocked out by Rich Franklin. This loss was Liddell’s third straight by way of knockout, as he’d also recently been put down by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans. Chuck Liddell is 21-8 overall.
The 43-year-old Tito Ortiz, meanwhile, has competed much more recently. His last fight occurred in January of 2017, in the Bellator cage, where he defeated Chael Sonnen by decision. He’s 19-12-1 overall.
After watching this staredown, who do you think will come out on top in Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell’s third fight?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/5/2018.