Tito Ortiz to End MMA Retirement, Wants to Fight Chuck Liddell Again

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2018

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 30:  (L-R) Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell exchange punches at  UFC 66 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 30, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Retirement just isn't for Tito Ortiz.

On Friday, the 43-year-old took to Instagram to announce he is willing to return to the Octagon to complete the trilogy with Chuck Liddell:

Ortiz (19-12) retired in January 2017 after defeating Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170. Of course, it was not the first time he was supposedly done fighting. He also called it quits in 2012 before returning to action less than two years later.

"This retirement is well due," Ortiz said last year, via MMAFighting.com's Dave Doyle. "Twenty years of competition has pretty much, I’d still be fighting if it wasn’t for my surgeries. My biggest enemy has been my surgeries."

It appears as though he has had a change of heart once again.

Ortiz and Liddell have squared off twice in the past, with the Iceman coming out victorious each time. Liddell won via knockout at UFC 47 in April 2004 and via TKO at UFC 66 in December 2006.

Now, nearly 12 years later, Ortiz wants another shot as he hopes the third time is the charm.

Liddell, meanwhile, last fought in 2010, having lost the final three bouts of his career. Would the Iceman, who is now 48, be interested in coming back to fight Ortiz?

"I’d always like to hit Tito," Liddell joked at a fan Q&A session back in 2013. "That would always be fun, so that’s a possibility, but I don’t think that’s going to happen."

Liddell also noted then that he "made the right decision in retiring" and that "unless something changes," he would stay retired. Well, five years later, something has changed: Ortiz wants a rematch.

There's no doubt that one fighter wants it to happen. The question is does Liddell want another fight after more than seven years away from the sport?


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