48-year-old UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck Liddell decided to come out of an eight-year retirement to face long-time rival Tito Ortiz for a third time. Many have questioned his reasons and motivation for doing so, but according to “The Iceman,” it is mainly rooted to personal feelings, as well as constant urges from the people around him.
“I have nothing left to prove. I just don’t like him,” Liddell told Radio Rahim of Seconds Out. “My fans, it’s their favorite guy for me to knock out. I’ve been asked more often since I’ve been retired, ‘Will you please come back one more time and knock this guy out again?’ That’s the most common request I get when I’m out and about.”
Liddell says his upcoming fight is just one of a few more that he intends to do in this resurrection of his career. In fact, he considers his third meeting with Ortiz as a mere “warm-up” fight.
“When I started getting back in shape; if I decided to fight, I said I was gonna do two or three more after that. I got in shape, I’m ready to go, my body’s firing great. Everything’s going great. I’m ready to fight.”
“This is just a great warm-up fight – not a better tune-up fight than him. I mean, he’s someone I’m better than at everything, so it’s a great tune-up fight for me.”
If he does end up losing to Ortiz, however, Liddell assures that he will call it quits with finality.
“If he beats me, I have no business being back in the ring again. If he beats me, I’m done.”
The Liddell-Ortiz trilogy fight is set to take place on November 24th at The Forum in Inglewood, which will headline Golden Boy Promotions’ debut MMA event.