Tito Ortiz announces he's coming out of retirement for Chuck Liddell trilogy

Tito Ortiz is now a free agent, and he's again pushing for a trilogy fight with Chuck Liddell. On his official Instagram page, Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 15-11-1 UFC) today announced he's coming out of retirement to “give the fans the fight they have been waiting for.” He also indicated boxing star turned promoter Oscar De La Hoya should book the fight with Liddell (21-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC). Via Instagram:

I want to give the fans the fight they have been waiting for #TitovsChuck3 #Redemption thanks to @primetime360esm with @get_repost Tito Ortiz is officially out of a year long retirement. While on @BitetheMic with @MikeTyson and @Tattootheone Tito was asked if he was going to fight @chuckliddell -Tito replied why doesn't @OscarDeLaHoya @GoldenBoyBoxing get into #MMA and promote the fight. Oscar should promote it and give the fans what they want Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Liddell 3. @primetime360esm #goldenboymma #moneyfight #megafight #badblood #titovchuck3 #4thefans #Mexico #USA #Brazil #Canada #Japan #UK #Australia #Africa #China #Europe #Germany #Russia #ufc @espn @foxsports @sportscenter @cbssports @sportscenter @sportsillustrated A post shared by titoortiz1999 (@titoortiz1999) on May 11, 2018 at 3:31pm PDT

Reached for comment on a potential booking, Ortiz manager George Prajin clarified that no deal has been struck. De La Hoya recently indicated he is getting into the MMA business and told TMZ he was keen to book Ortiz and Liddell. Ortiz recently cleared an exclusive negotiating period with the Viacom-owned Bellator, where he fought his widely announced retirement bout, submitting Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 in January 2017. Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed to MMAjunke that Ortiz is not under contract. Appearing this past month on the podcast “Bite the Mic,” Ortiz talked up a trilogy with Liddell, calling it a “Money Fight.” He questioned why UFC President Dana White wouldn't want to book the fight while also casting White's public opposition to the idea as evidence that he could win. “I heard Dana said he didn't want anything to do with it; Liddell shouldn't fight,” Ortiz said. “He knows.” After Liddell met earlier this month with De La Hoya in Los Angeles, White told “UFC Unfiltered” he had no interest in seeing the former light heavyweight champion fight. “What I do hope is that (De La Hoya) is partnering up with Chuck Liddell and they are going to be partners other than have Chuck Liddell come in and fight,” White said. “If they are going to partner up in the MMA business, nothing will make me happier. That is awesome and I would love to hear if that is true for Chuck. “If he plans on kicking off his MMA program with Chuck fighting, that would not be good and really, really bum me out. Chuck Liddell is almost 50 years old – he doesn…

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