First Look at Ortiz vs Liddell 3 Odds

First Look at Ortiz vs Liddell 3 Odds – They do not know where on when just yet, but Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell have apparently signed to meet for a third time.

Boxing hall of famer and current boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya has signed the pair of MMA veterans for his first foray into the world of Mixed Martial Arts. De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions took a big hit on the boxing side with the cancellation of their May superfight btween Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. With Alvarez their lone biggest asset taking a popularity hit, GBP has officially turned to Mixed Martial Arts to diversify.

Liddell is 48 years old and Ortiz has hit 43 years of age. Do not think that De La Hoya being 45 years old doesn’t play into this. De La Hoya would jump back into the ring for a Mayweather vs McGregor type of payday himself so that is why he sees nothing wrong with this debacle of a match that comes a decade too late.

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First Look at Ortiz vs Liddell 3 Odds

The two first met at UFC 47, back in April of 2004 and the second bout bwtween the two came at UFC 66, in December of 2006. Liddell went 2-0 against Ortiz as the former sparring partners fought in two of the UFC’s highest grossing fights to that point. Injuries and MMA politics prevented the third edition from going down in 2008 or 2009, when it might have been interesting. What would hve been best is that the two fought back in 2002 or 2003 or something like that, that way the trilogy would be in the books and it is unlikely a fourth fight would have made any sense.

Liddell won the first two fights pretty handily, so back in 2008 and 2009, there was not much clamor for the third fight. Almost ten years later, what has changed about that fact remains a mystery.

Liddell looked completely shopworn at the end of his career. He was not only knocked out, he was rag-dolled and people were calling for his retirement. Sure he has avoided the ring wars and may be “fresher” but at 48 years old, what can be expected?

Ortiz has been through the wars himself. He has had neck surgery and he last competed in January of 2017, a layoff of more than a year.

The NBA, the NFL, major league baseball, hockey. There is a reason why athletes retire from the pro leagues and don’t move on to a pro league for older guys. It doesn’t sell in the long run because you are going to be watching athletes who are a shadow of their former selves.

De La Hoya has cut Ortiz and Liddell in as “partners” for this one, and that is what it is about. They are selling nostalgia. Just this week the two “crashed” the UFC’s hall of fame inductions in Las Vegas and believe me, a lot of mean faces were made. Below are the odds that see Ortiz a favorite despite never beating Liddell in the past.

 

Light Heavyweight
must take place by Dec 31st 2018 for action
Chuck Liddell +185
Tito Ortiz -265

 

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About Miguel Iturrate

Miguel Iturrate started in the MMA business in the crazy early days of the mid-nineties. He has match-made more than 100 MMA events in Japan, Brazil, Russia and all over the United States, and played an integral role in MMA’s early modern history. Through Hook 'n' Shoot, Florida’s AFC, the Euphoria shows and bodogfight, Iturrate has left an indelible mark on MMA history. He can also lay claim to a record that not even the UFC can by contracting 36 fights in three days.

About Miguel Iturrate

Miguel Iturrate started in the MMA business in the crazy early days of the mid-nineties. He has match-made more than 100 MMA events in Japan, Brazil, Russia and all over the United States, and played an integral role in MMA’s early modern history. Through Hook 'n' Shoot, Florida’s AFC, the Euphoria shows and bodogfight, Iturrate has left an indelible mark on MMA history. He can also lay claim to a record that not even the UFC can by contracting 36 fights in three days.

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