After many weeks of discussion and media scuffles, we can now be sure that there will be Chuck Liddell's third fight (21-8, 16-7 in UFC) with Tito Ortiz (19-12-1, 15-11-1 at UFC). The duel will be organized by the Golden Boy supervisor group (managed by Oscar de la Hoya), which is entering the MMA market.
“I am proud to say that we have signed a contract for the fight against Chuck Liddell of Tito Ortiz. It will be a huge event for fans of this sport around the world. Ortiz and Liddell are some of the best-known fighters in the history of MMA; these are the legends of this sport.”
The first and second confrontation between Tito and Liddell was won by the older American, in both fights Iceman knocked out his rival. Liddell has not been fighting since June 2010. when he was knocked out by Rich Franklin during UFC 115. It was Chuck's third defeat by knockout, he won the last victory of the 48-year-old by defeating Wanderlei Silva in December 2007. A much smaller break from the performances in the cage is Ortiz, who fought his last duel in January last year at Bellator 170 - during this event Tito gave Chael Sonnen a fight that aroused a lot of controversy.
Stuff promoting the upcoming gala. Already this week the UFC organization will organize the International Fight Week, the crowning of which will be the fight event marked with the number 226. In the fight of the evening event, the heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic will stand up to the fourth defense of the title by taking the holder of the light heavyweight category belt, Daniel Cormier. In co-main event Max Holloway will face Brian Ortega in the competition for the feather category championship. Below are video materials showing preparations of the mentioned four for the upcoming fights.
The championship will precede other interesting battles such as the fights of Francis Ngannou with Derrick Lewis or Michael Chiesa with Anthony Pettis. Additionally, on Friday, the final event of the 27th edition of The Ultimate Fighter will take place, in the last fight of the event Israel Adesanya will fight Brad Tavares.
125 lbs: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (125) vs. Alejandra Lara (124,6)
Main fight card (Paramount Network, Time 3:00 am ger.time):
160 lbs: Saad Awad (159,8) vs. Ryan Couture (159,9) 125 lbs: Valerie Letourneau (126) vs. Kristina Williams (125,4) 145 lbs: Juan Archuleta (146) vs. Robbie Peralta (145,3)
Pre fight card (Time 1:30 am ger.time):
170 lbs: Ed Ruth (170,7) vs. Andy Murad (170,8) 115 lbs: Keri Anne Melendez (116) vs. Tiani Valle (114,5) 265 lbs: Tyrell Fortune (244,8) vs. Giovanni Sarran (251,8) 170 lbs: Joey Davis (170,6) vs. Craig Plaskett (168,2) 135 lbs: Victor Rosas (135,3) vs. Ricky Furar (134,5) 125 lbs: Kristi Lopez (125,5) vs. Paola Ramirez (134,7) 155 lbs: Jacob Rosales (155,7) vs. Joshua Jones (155,5) 145 lbs: Jay Jay Wilson (146) vs. David Conte (145,6) 205 lbs: Jamal Pogues (203,7) vs. Jordan Young (204,8)