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Tito Ortiz Has Already Won The First Psychological Battle in Their Trilogy Fight… He Made Chuck Liddell Flinch During Their Faceoff… 

It’s been a busy few days for Oscar De La Hoya and GoldenBoy. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will fight  Gennady ‘GGG’ Golvokin tomorrow in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the temperature is ratcheting up between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.

The pair made major headlines when it was announced that they would be fighting each other for the third time. This is despite both men being in their forties, with Liddell pushing 50. They’ll headline an MMA event run by De La Hoya’s new Goldenboy MMA, and give us that trilogy fight we’ve all been asking for. Right.

Despite the dubious nature of their rivalry, there is a genuine curiosity about how this is going to go down. Both men feel like they have something to prove, and the desire to knock each other out is building. In the footage below you can see how tense it is getting.

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The two men will fight in November, when they’ll meet in The Forum in Inglewood, California. Liddell is 48, while Ortiz is 43. They first fought way back in 2004, with a rematch taking place at UFC 66 in 2006. It’s 12 years since they fought and ‘The Iceman’ walked away with two wins. It’s safe to say nobody expected this trilogy fight.

They were meant to fight again in 2010, but it never came to fruition. It took the intervention of Oscar De La Hoya to make it happen, and now it looks like we’re going to see the two UFC Hall-of-Famers throw down again.

Major Worry

With no disrespect intended to Lidell – the man is a pioneer and a legend – Ortiz is definitely the favorite going into this one. He has fought much more recently than ‘The Iceman,’ competing and winning under the Bellator banner last year, including a submission victory over Chael Sonnen.

In comparison, Liddell hasn’t competed in MMA since 2010. He lost 5 of his last 6, and 4 of those by KO or TKO. 8 years on, it’s going to be interesting to see whether or not he’ll be able to stand the pace of Ortiz, and how exactly his chin will take being rocked. Time is a fickle friend.

Are You Ready?

This fight has something of a PRIDE feel about it. It feels like both men should be juiced out of their eyes and fighting in Japan. Tickets are already on sale, and it will also be able to watch on pay-per-view. There’s no doubt that it will sell well.

UFC President Dana White is known to be concerned about it because he doesn’t want his friend Liddell to get hurt. White had given Liddell a cushy desk job after retirement, but a fighter’s heart pounds inside ‘The Iceman’s’ body.

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