Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has changed his tune on a potential trilogy fight with fellow former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.
Ortiz finished up his successful career when submitted Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 last year.
There is history between Ortiz and Liddell as they have fought each other twice. Liddell stopped Ortiz in both fights.
Their rematch for the light heavyweight title at UFC 66 was the most successful UFC event ever at the time. With their track record, the third fight between them could do very good business for Bellator MMA.
Ortiz retired as an early pioneer and one of the true legends of the sport. His accomplishments speak for themselves as he is a UFC Hall of Famer and has fought the biggest names in MMA.
“I’m very comfortable in retirement now,” Ortiz told MMAjunkie. “I guess Dana put the kibosh on me and Chuck, so I don’t know.
It is what it is. I’m being the good guy by listening to the bosses at the end of the day. (I’m) not making decisions on myself, and if it’s meant to be, I’ll put it in God’s hands.”
Ortiz manages UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. During this interview, the former UFC champion gave some insight into Cyborg accepting a short notice title defense against Yana Kunitskaya this weekend at the UFC 222 pay-per-view event.
“She didn’t blink,” Ortiz said. “It goes from one camp to another. She took two, maybe three weeks off. And for her when she takes time off, it’s a lot better for her body because she recovers more.
When it came to her training, we had some of the top guys in the world and guys that are wrestlers that couldn’t take her down. She was defending and getting the takedowns herself. She was sparring and on target.
This girl she’s competing against, she’s super tough. She comes from a great camp being with (Jackson-Wink MMA). They know how to prepare for champions, and hopefully they can be prepared for Cris, because Cris is for real.”
“No fight is lopsided at all, especially if they come from Team Jackson’s camp,” Ortiz said. “Holly came in with her hands full, and she fulfilled everything. Cris beat her at her own game, and this one doesn’t change.
This girl comes in thinking that she can beat Cris, and Jackson’s camp think they can beat Cris. All things can be said until you get punched in the face, until that first punch in the face happens, and it’ll be Cris doing it.”