Chuck Liddell
The Iceman
Handed medical suspension
Light HeavyweightOther
November 28, 2018
Liddell was given an indefinite medical suspension by the California State Athletic Commission following last weekend's fight against Tito Ortiz, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Liddell will be suspended for a minimum of 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact following his loss at the hands of Ortiz at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday. The 48-year-old was defeated via KO (punches) in the first round in what was his first fight since retiring from MMA in 2010. If Liddell hopes to enter the ring once again in North America, he will have to reapply to have this suspension lifted.
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Looks his age in Ortiz trilogy bout
Light HeavyweightOther
November 25, 2018
Liddell lost to Tito Ortiz via KO (punches) at 4:24 of Round 1 during their trilogy fight Saturday under the banner of Golden Boy Promotions.
ANALYSIS
Liddell may have been able to pick up two victories over Ortiz when he was in his prime, but fast forward 12 years and "The Iceman" simply isn't the same fighter. He went up against a 43-year-old Ortiz that has been active of late, and was able to put forth very little in terms of offense. Ortiz was the aggressor the entire fight, and eventually backed down Liddell, who seemed to be on his back foot for the totality of the matchup. Liddell needed to be pushed into retirement following his KO loss to Rich Franklin in 2010, and while he clearly still has love for the sport, there's no question it would be unwise for his long-term health to continue in this manner. Unfortunately, Liddell's comments after the fight did not provide any indication of a definitive retirement.
Comes out of retirement for trilogy fight vs. Tito Ortiz
Light HeavyweightOther
July 2, 2018
Liddell has signed a contract to fight Tito Ortiz under the banner of Golden Boy Promotions, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Talks of this trilogy fight have gone on for months, but now the ink is on paper. Liddell retired from MMA back in 2010, but needed a little encouragement from UFC President Dana White, and has been hinting at a comeback for quite some time. Now 48 years old and no longer associated with the UFC following the recent ownership change, Liddell is feeling that itch, and only long-time rival Tito Ortiz can scratch it. One of the pioneers of MMA, Liddell ended his career on a 1-5 run, with his last appearance being a first-round knockout at the hands of Rich Franklin at UFC 115. Long before that and still in his prime, Liddell had faced and defeated Ortiz twice -- once by second-round KO in 2004, and again by third-round TKO in 2006. This time around, Ortiz is fresh off a four-fight run with Bellator, most recently defeating Chael Sonnen via submission at Bellator 170 in January 2017. Ortiz is five years younger and has fought nine times since Liddell retired, so on paper he'd have the edge given his recent activity. Nobody can be certain how often or how intense Liddell has trained over the last eight years, however, making this fight a true toss-up.