Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz said he’d welcome a third fight with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell, but wants it to happen in the UFC.
Dana White is the UFC President and he says a third bout between the two legends won’t take place in the promotion.
“No. Chuck’s almost 50 years old,” White said to TMZ Sports. “You know what I mean? I love Chuck Liddell, but 50-year-olds shouldn’t be fighting. No, I couldn’t do that fight.”
Ortiz hasn’t fought in the UFC since a third encounter with Forrest Griffin at UFC 148, while Liddell hasn’t set foot in the Octagon since a loss to former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin at UFC 115.
White and Liddell are longtime friends, which is a big factor in the UFC President not wanting him to ever fight again.
“I love the guy. I love Chuck Liddell. I love him. And, as a friend, I don’t think he should fight. And anybody around him who cares about him shouldn’t let him fight, either,” says White.
The UFC President can be seen next at UFC 222, which is going to be headlined by a UFC Women’s Featherweight Title Fight as Cyborg defends against Yana Kunitskaya.