After a spectacular season with some of the highest ratings ever in the series, The Ultimate Fighter 10 is over. The formal IFL champion Roy " Big Country " Nelson came out on top in a first round knockout claiming the title of The Ultimate Fighter.The Ultimate Fighter 11 is already set up to start filming in January and air in April. The season will feature Middleweight fighters and two of the greatest Light-Heavyweight champions in UFC history: Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
Tito Ortiz originally wanted Forrest Griffin to coach against him in the upcoming season, but the UFC went in a different direction. Ortiz lost his comeback fight against Griffin by a split decision back at UFC 106 Ortiz-Griffin 2. Ortiz upset at the decision immediately went to the UFC to set up being coaches on the upcoming season. He wanted a rubber match against Griffin to settle the even score, but instead he will be having a rubber match with Chuck Liddell.
As always the two coaches will fight at the end of the season. Liddell has already beat Ortiz twice in the past, and I'm sure Ortiz wouldn't mind trying to try one more time. Both have coached the series before: Ortiz with Ken Shamrock on season 3 and Liddell with Randy Couture in the debut season.
Ortiz came back after being absent from the UFC because of back problems and a dispute with UFC president Dana White. Ortiz sat back after surgery and waited for his contract to expire. He was talking about signing with Affliction before its fall, then it was rumored that he was negotiating with Strikeforce, but after all was said and done he was back in the UFC where he belonged.
Liddell, before taking a year off, had a bad run of losses. In five fights he only had one victory with the Wanderlei Silva fight. Losses were mostly made up of stoppage but the Jardine fight was a decision. Liddell tired of his run of luck told Dana White he was going to take a year off and try to relax. White agreed it would be good for him, and was even some what happy for Liddell that he was having a good time just messing around on " Dancing with the Stars ". Liddell, I'm sure, is ready to get back in action and show that he still has the Iceman touch.
Ortiz also has had a tough run of luck in his last four fights, with none a complete win. With losses to Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida, Chuck Liddell, and a draw with Rashad Evans. Ortiz and Liddell are both ready to get back in the winners circle and this fight would be a great win for either fighter on their road back to Gold.
The fight itself has yet to be given a official date but will more than likely happen within a month or two after the season is over. Both of these guys are great fighters and I wish my luck to them and the upcoming cast.