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Tito Ortiz Praises Donald Trump in TMZ Interview Ahead of Chuck Liddell Fight

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Tito Ortiz attends Heroes For Heroes: Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament at Avalon Hollywood on November 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation)
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Tito Ortiz is hoping to score a meeting with President Donald Trump following his Nov. 24 fight against Chuck Liddell for Golden Boy Promotions.

In an interview with TMZ Sports published Wednesday, Ortiz said, "I would love to visit the White House. I've been supporting Trump since day one."

Ortiz also expanded on his support for the president:

"Donald Trump, keep doing what you're doing, man. I appreciate you. I love your support. And, keep standing your ground, and speak the way all the rest of us Americans need to be spoken for. Yeah, you say a few things on Twitter that you probably shouldn't say, but at the end of the day, you're a true American like the rest of us are. Thank you very much for what you do for our country."

Ortiz knows Trump from his time on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2008.

The 43-year-old Ortiz boasts a professional MMA record of 19-12-1, and he is a former UFC light heavyweight champion.

Ortiz and Liddell are two of the biggest stars in MMA history, and their Nov. 24 fight will be their third meeting.

Liddell won the previous two at UFC 47 in 2004 and UFC 66 in 2006.

Ortiz has won three of his past four fights, including a submission victory over Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 last year.

Meanwhile, the 48-year-old Liddell is on a three-fight losing streak, and he hasn't competed since a knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in 2010. Even so, Liddell has a 21-8 career record and is a former UFC light heavyweight champion.

Ortiz and Liddell are both UFC Hall of Famers, and they will make history by headlining Golden Boy's first MMA card.

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