Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has made no bones about it. He plans on returning to the cage whether UFC president and friend Dana White likes it or not. He plans on returning to the cage whether Tito Ortiz is the opponent or not.
He has also made no bones about it that the idea of fighting Ortiz for a third time is what has driven his decision to return to the cage.
Liddell is no long welcome to fight in the Octagon, but with boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya jumping into the mixed martial arts business, it appears more likely than ever that Liddell will return to the cage and that Ortiz will be the opponent.
The two UFC Hall of Famers have fought twice before with Liddell getting the better of Ortiz on both occasions. The last time they met, however, was on Dec. 30, 2006, well over a decade ago.
After defeating Ortiz for a second time, Liddell went on to lose five of his next six fights. Four of those losses came by way of knockout, which is why White strongly encouraged Liddell to hang up the gloves, which he did in 2010.
It took Ortiz a little longer to retire. After leaving the UFC in 2012, he went on to fight four more times for Bellator, winning three of those four bouts. He last set foot in the cage with a winning effort against Chael Sonnen in January of 2017.
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So what happens if and when Liddell and Ortiz square off in the cage again?
Despite their history, odds are that Ortiz, 43, gets the better of his 48-year-old counterpart, according to oddsmakers at Bovada.
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 Odds
Chuck Liddell +160 (8/5)
Tito Ortiz -200 (1/2)
If Liddell and Ortiz step fight for a third time, who is your pick to win?