Tito Ortiz has said he has no plans to end his retirement again, but if he did, and wanted to fight Chuck Liddell for a third time, would Scott Coker be interested?
Now, if you don’t scour the internet daily reading MMA stories, then you may be unaware of why there’s event talk of Liddell – Ortiz III. After all, Liddell is 47 year’s-old and hasn’t fought since 2010, while Ortiz is 42 and submitted Chael Sonnen back in January, in what he said was his final bout.
Well, recently Liddell and Ortiz squared off for a pic, which “The Iceman” posted and added “why not”. As a result, folks started buzzing about a third fight, and the fighters had a brief quarrel via social media. Since then, Ortiz has apologized for getting upset, but he’s also repeated that he doesn’t want to fight anymore, on account of all the injuries he sustained during his storied career. But, talk of Liddell – Ortiz III continues.
Case in point, the Bellator President Coker was recently asked if he’d be interested in promoting the fight, and here’s what he said (quote via MMA Fighting):
“If Tito wanted to do it, would I do it?” Coker said. “I think I might do it. To me, why not? If they all pass their medicals and their physicals. It’s a fight that I would love to see. But I think Tito is retired and we’re talking about hypotheticals that [probably] won’t happen.”
This shouldn’t be surprising. After all, Ortiz – Sonnen pulled in over two million viewers for Spike. But it certainly sounds like Ortiz won’t be returning to the cage. Liddell stopped Ortiz both times they fought under the UFC banner.
But what about Liddell? Would Bellator sign him? Coker was also asked about that, but he reported when he met with Liddell they only talked about him being a brand ambassador for Bellator. Liddell, according to Coker, didn’t mention fighting.