The highly controversial and heavily rumored trilogy fight between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz has officially been signed, sealed and soon-to-be delivered.
First reported by ESPN, the rubber match will take place on November 24, 2018 inside The Forum located in Inglewood, California as Oscar de La Hoya recently teased, and later confirmed. The fight will be under the Golden Boy MMA banner, a new promotion captained by the boxing legend himself.
Liddell (21-8, 16-7 in UFC) has not fought professionally since 2010. He has twice defeated Ortiz in the past, first knocking out “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” in a non-title affair in 2004 at UFC 47, then repeating the feat to successfully defend his Light Heavyweight strap in 2006 at UFC 66. At the time of their first meeting, the fight became the most successful pay per view event at the time, garnering 1.1 million pay per view buys.
Ortiz (19-12-1) retired in January of 2017 following a first-round victory over Chael Sonnen under the Bellator umbrella. At the time of his exit, Ortiz had won three of his last four fights, amassing a 3-1 record overall under the Bellator banner. He has gone 4-4 overall since Chuck Liddell last competed.
No news yet as to who will join these titans on the pay per view card or whether or not boxing bouts will also take place on the card.