The trilogy of one of MMA’s most famous rivalries was completed this past weekend, as Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz battled for one final time.
The two had clashed in 2004 and 2006 in UFC, Liddell coming out on top both times win knockout and stoppage wins respectively.
Liddell hadn’t fought for over eight years though, and unfortunately you could tell as soon as he stepped into the cage.
The much-fresher Ortiz, who beat Chael Sonnen in early 2017 in Bellator and five years younger than the 48-year-old Liddell, knocked the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion out in round one.
It was really uncomfortable to witness, especially as Ortiz beat on Liddell as he was clearly out cold on the mat.
The event was promoted by Oscar De La Hoya, whose Golden Boy Promotions ventured into the world of MMA for the first time, and it may have done them more harm than good.
And obviously the President of UFC, Dana White, has had to give his opinion on the matter – and it’s fair to say that he didn’t have many nice words for the former three-weight boxing world champion for letting ‘The Ice Man’ Liddell compete.
“I heard last week the c***head ‘Oscar De La Weirdo’ is talking sh*t that I don’t have any place to tell guys when to retire,” White told the UFC Unfiltered podcast, via MMAFighting.
“First of all, it’s called ‘friendship’ you f***ing c***head. I’ve been friends with Chuck Liddell for 20 years and the reality is that Chuck Liddell retired when he should have retired. Eight, nine years ago, however long it was.
“And Chuck Liddell’s almost 50 years old and has no business fighting anymore. The fact that the state of California even let that fight happen is disgusting. Disgusting.
White also called out De La Hoya for the payment of the fighters on his card, after he criticised the UFC for how they paid their own competitors.
“The problem is Chuck Liddell was a fighter,” White continued. “Chuck Liddell loves to fight, that’s his passion, it’s what he loves in life.
“But there comes a day and age, fighting is a young man’s game. You can’t do it. And Oscar f***ing De La Hoya says, ‘Oh, come over to Golden Boy where we respect the fighters and it makes me sick what these fighters were paid’ and all this s**t.
“Out of 14 fights on the card, five bouts were amateur fights. Which means he didn’t pay them jack s**t, right?
“And 12 of the professional fighters on the card made less than [$3,000 show and $3,000 to win]. What the f**k are you talking about you c***head junkie?”
Tell us how you really feel, Dana.
He did reveal how he would punish De La Hoya if he was able to do so – by making him fight again – just like he tempted Liddell to.
“I hope somebody talks De La Hoya into fighting again,” the UFC President stated.
“I hope the state of California makes the fight and I hope he gets f***ing knocked out just like Chuck Liddell did in the first round. F***ing c***head nutball.”
Yeah – we’re not sure if Dana White is a massive fan of Oscar De La Hoya.