Longtime rivals and MMA legends Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are all set to face off against each other on Nov. 24 in a fight scheduled to be broadcast on PPV at the Forum in Los Angeles, California.
Golden Boy signed Liddell, 48, and Ortiz, 43, to promotional agreements in July. According to ESPN, the California State Athletic Commission also approved both athletes’ fighter licenses.
Although, this fight has concerned a lot of MMA fans as Chuck Liddell who is 48 years old hasn’t fought since 2010 after getting knocked out brutally thrice.
Chuck Liddell isn’t exactly in his prime and hasn’t fought in eight years, but according to California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) Executive Director Andy Foster, who approved Liddel’s upcoming fight says:
“He hasn’t fought in a long time,” Foster told MMA Fighting. “Chuck is still a good athlete. How is this not a competitive match? I think it is competitive. It was competitive the first two times. I don’t see the problem of letting two older fighters fight each other. You almost want to treat this as a debut, because of the long layoff but of course, it’s not a debut. Mr. Liddell is very experienced. He’s not active, but he’s very experienced and he’s still a martial artist.”
This trilogy makes no sense apart from the fact that both guys are going to make decent money and not because they have to settle some score. Money seems to be the only motivation here.