Last night saw the return of former UFC champion and MMA legend Chuck Liddell as he faced fellow legend/ex-champ Tito Ortiz. During a hard to watch video, Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 ended by brutal knockout…
Ever since Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 was announced, there was an ominous feeling in the air. Nearing 50 years of age, “The Iceman” looked slow in training and stiff at the weigh-ins.
Needless to say, most men his age have usually spent half a century on the couch, so just the fact he was able to get in some trim shape for the fight was impressive. That said, his performance did not reflect what Liddell was capable of back in the day.
Ortiz, having been knocked out by Liddell twice during their UFC prime days, was out for revenge, and it was hard to watch:
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 Should Never Have Happened
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) should also harbour some blame here. Inevitably, it was down to Tito and Chuck to decide their own fates. During the post-fight press conference, Ortiz retired, but Liddell left the door open for more fights.
Sadly, that moment UFC president Dana White told Liddell enough is enough did not sink in fully. As much as White is a difficult guy at the best of times, he was right on that occasion.
Check out the video of the post-fight presser with the transcript by yours truly:
“I Felt Good”
“Am I supposed to give a speech now? Thank you everyone for showing up, sorry about my performance. Tito came prepared great job. I was in great shape, ready to go and he was a better man tonight so there it is.”
“I love being in there, I love fighting. I’m not really in the right state of mind to talk about whether I am done or not, but it felt good out there, I had fun so we’ll see. I feel great right now, I am fine.”
“I don’t think it was a bad knockout, I’m fine.”
Check Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 Results List By MMAMania.com
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz — Ortiz KO 4:24 R1.
Deron Winn vs. Tom Lawlor — Winn UD 30-27 X3.
Gleison Tibau vs. Efrain Escudero — Tibau UD 29-28 X3.
Walel Watson vs. Ricardo Palacios — Palacios KO 3:56 R1.
Albert Morales vs. James Barnes — Barnes sub (armbar) 4:09 R3.
Jay Silva vs. Oscar Cota — Silva tech. sub (head and arm choke) 2:13 R3.