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Tito Ortiz v Chuck Liddell betting tips: Ortiz to finally defrost ‘The Iceman’ in battle of UFC legends

Leigh Copson 15 Sep 2018
Chuck Liddell & Tito Ortiz (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tito Ortiz v Chuck Liddell predictions for November 24. UFC legends Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell will complete their fighting trilogy on November 24, but can ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ finally have his hand raised or will ‘The Iceman’ complete a hat-trick of wins over his long-time rival? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell were two of the UFC’s biggest stars when the sport began its rapid rise in popularity in the early noughties, and it was that three-way rivalry with Randy Couture over the UFC light-heavyweight title that helped mixed martial arts began its transformation from being a fringe spot to becoming one of the most popular sports on the planet.

The two men fought twice in that time and on both occasions it was Liddell who came out on top, knocking out Ortiz 38 seconds into the second round of their April 2004 bout before stopping him with just over a minute to go in the third round when they met again in December 2006.

However, Liddell’s career nose-dived after that as he went 1-5 in his next five fights, and after losing three straight bouts by knockout between September 2008 and June 2010, UFC president Dana White all-but forced ‘The Iceman’ into retirement and ended any possibility of a rematch.

While Liddell was away from the sport, Ortiz remained fairly active despite dealing with a series of injuries, and although his results have been mixed, he did notch one more win inside the UFC’s Octagon before crossing over to Bellator, and in his new promotion he has gone 3-1, with his most recent victory coming when he submitted Chael Sonnen in just over two minutes in January 2017.

‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ has little left to prove, but those defeats to Liddell have hung over him like a dark cloud for several years now and he is determined to finally lift the hoodoo and get one over on ‘The Iceman’ at this event promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

“On November 24 I get an opportunity to put you out once and for all,” Ortiz said. “This came around, I fought last year against Chael Sonnen and choked him out in two-and-a-half minutes. He’s still in the [Bellator] heavyweight tournament and still beating guys.

“This guy next to me hasn’t fought in over 10 years. He wants to come out of retirement and call me out? I’ve been passionately busy with my other businesses, but you know what? I see the opportunity to finally shut this guy up, to finally get my hand raised on my terms.

“I’m 43 years young. I’ve watched guys like Bernard Hopkins be 52 and be a world champion… like Randy Couture, at 43, being the world champion. You’re going to see Tito Ortiz on November 24, at 43, getting his hand raised over an old man, a shell of a man, Chuck ‘The Snowflake’ Liddell.”

Liddell, of course, insists he is no ‘snowflake’ and claims he is going to complete a hat-trick of stoppage successes when he faces Ortiz on November 24.

“I know you’re hoping I’m a shell of the man that I was, because that’s the only way you have a chance of beating me,” Liddell fired back. “But he’s going to find out real quick that I’m not. I still hit just as hard, I still wrestle just as well, and he’s going to get knocked out.

“I’m excited to be back in the sport, and I’m excited to prove to everyone that I’m not too old. You can do anything you put your mind to. I will be there, I will be in shape, and I will be ready. This guy’s getting knocked out, and I am going to enjoy it.”

So which legend will back up their trash talk? I simply have to go with Ortiz here. When Liddell left the sport eight years ago he was already a shell of his former self and had been getting knocked out with relative ease. It is hard to see how his chin will have suddenly improved in that time and if the recent sparring videos are anything to go by, he has no business getting back inside the cage. ‘The Iceman’ looked old and slow as he hit the pads with Ray Sefo and that will not cut it against Ortiz.

‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’, at 43, is no spring chicken himself, but he has been active over the past few years and he has gone 3-1 in his last four fights. Granted they have not been against elite opposition, but he did beat Bellator’s middleweight champion in a non-title fight and he was able to stop Chael Sonnen, who had beaten a couple of aging legends in Wanderlei Silva and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson prior to that.

Out of the two men Ortiz is the fresher fighter with a little more left in the tank, so I expect him to take Liddell down to the canvas and use his trademark ground & pound to either stop ‘The Iceman’ or soften him up for a submission finish.

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