Following conflicting reports that their upcoming matchup may be off, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, who serve as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 11, both recently confirmed on Twitter that the bout is still on.
Liddell has won both previous meetings between the former light heavyweight champs, scoring a second-round knockout of Ortiz in their first meeting in April 2004 before a third-round TKO ended their second fight in December 2006.
While reports suggested that Liddell could be pulled from his matchup with Ortiz to face Rich Franklin, who may be brought in as a replacement for Ortiz on TUF 11, UFC President Dana White denied the rumors and said the UFC was instead planning on Franklin fighting Randy Couture.
Liddell (21-7) briefly retired after suffering a first-round TKO to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in his most-recent fight last April, his fourth loss in his last five fights, but the 40-year-old UFC hall of famer has opted to return for at least one more fight.
Ortiz (15-7-1), who returned from an 18-month layoff in a loss to Forrest Griffin in November, won five-straight between 2004 and 2006 over Griffin, Ken Shamrock, Vitor Belfort, and Patrick Cote, but has failed to win since, going 0-3-1 with losses to Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Griffin and a draw against Rashad Evans.
Liddell-Ortiz was expected to headline UFC 115 on June 12 in Vancouver, but Ortiz was recently hospitalized with a “bad flu” and it’s not yet known if the illness could delay the matchup.
Pictured: Tito Ortiz