Two former UFC champions who have fought twice already will go at it again on November 24th. “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz will clash under the Golden Boy MMA banner…
Retired combat sports icon Chuck Liddell announced his big comeback in 2018. “The Iceman” had never really let go of fighting and had been hinting at wanting another scrap for some time.
In stepped former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya with his intentions to launch his own MMA organization. Liddell’s comeback was confirmed as the trilogy fight with fellow ex-UFC champ Tito Ortiz was announced.
Turning 49 in December, Liddell’s prime years are of course long gone. But like many other fights featuring former champions and legends, Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 has fans talking. That said, the comments haven’t all been positive.
After the following video emerged of Chuck Liddell training on the pads, fans were genuinely concerned for the MMA legend:
Liddell Looking Slow?
During yesterday’s media rounds for the Liddell vs. Ortiz fight, both men addressed the now infamous ‘slow’ footage. When asked about his opponent’s workout video, Ortiz said he believed Chuck was playing possum.
As for Liddell himself, the knockout artist who has beaten Tito at UFC 47 and 66 says he was actually just warming up during that clip. Here’s what Chuck Liddell told reporters for The Mac Life during yesterday’s media workout:
“They put out a video of me warming up my legs. I was just warming up my legs, that’s how I like to warm up, with kicks. I challenge anyone talking trash about it to take one of those kicks I was throwing, they are not that soft.”
“They should watch when I’m training when I’m sparring or hitting mitts when I am actually working out. I love being back in the gym, training every day, I love training for a fight.”
Here’s a clip of yesterday’s training video:
“I’m here, I’m ready to go. I actually love fight week, it’s my favorite time. I’m reinvigorated by being back in the gym. I gotta get back to training with guys and helping them prepare for fights.”
“I really hadn’t been away from sparring for that long, I have shaken off all the ring rust and I’m ready to go, I need a warm-up fight, and Tito is here so perfect. There’s nothing I like better (than fighting).”