Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell suffered a first round knockout loss to former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz in the main event of Golden Boy MMA: Liddell vs. Ortiz III.
It has been nearly eleven years since the last time Liddell won a fight, but the fighter still isn’t sure what the future holds as far as his career goes.
“I don’t want to think about that right now,” Liddell said at the post-fight press conference. “I mean, I’m not in the right state of mind to really talk about whether or not I’m done or not. But I felt good out there and I had fun, so we’ll see.”
Despite the loss to Ortiz, it is Liddell who holds the lead in their trilogy, with the scores currently sitting at two to one in his favor.
Liddell did love being in competition again, despite being knocked out by his longtime rival.
“I loved being in there,” Liddell said. “You’ve got to understand, I love fighting. I don’t do this for money. I never did this for money or fame. That’s not why I started. I did this because I love being out there, I love fighting, so I was at home in there. I was ready to go. I wish I’d done a few things different, obviously, but it happens. I was kinda gonna slow play him, just make sure he didn’t get any confidence, get a cheap takedown, but I should’ve fought the way I normally do. I don’t care if you take me down, I’ll get back up. And I should’ve came at him with a fast pace. I was kinda back and forth between hanging back and moving fast. I went with the ‘hang back,’ kinda get it going and figure out what he’s doing, and I should’ve gone after him fast. But then again, would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. Would it have changed the outcome? Who knows, so whatever.”
The last time Liddell won a bout was at UFC 79 in December of 2007, where he defeated Wanderlei Silva by unanimous decision.