UFC president Dana White announced that Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz would be the coaches for the 11th season of TUF at the TUF 10 Finale. It was also communicated that the opposing coaches would fight at the end of the show as has happened several times in the past. However, Chuck Liddell spoke with MMAMadness and didn't seem too happy about having to fight Tito Ortiz again. Liddell spoke about fighting Ortiz, taking time off to recover, and getting the chance to fight again in the UFC. Check it all out after the jump:
I think I knew I wanted to (come back) for a long time," Liddell said. "I just wanted to make sure I gave myself enough time to recover … I think it had a lot to do with I got caught in a fight and got hurt, and didn’t give my head enough time to rest."
It was Liddell’s persistence and enthusiasm that eventually persuaded UFC President Dana White to bring him back.
"I think it was more me nagging at (White)," Liddell said. "(I) kept talking, saying, ‘I want to fight, I want to fight,’ and he finally gave in."
That's Liddell talking about how he convinced Dana White to let him fight again in the UFC. Below are Liddell's thoughts on when he found out that Ortiz would be the opposing coach on TUF 11:
"I wasn’t really happy about the choice of the other coach, but it will probably make some good TV. "I don’t see a point in fighting him again," Liddell said. "I’ve knocked him out twice … but with a year layoff, it’s a good fight to come back with."
Then finally, Liddell gave his thoughts on the third matchup between the long time rivals:
"He’s going to have a hard time taking me down, as usual, and if he does take me down, I’ll get back up, and he can’t strike with me," Liddell said. "He’s afraid to get hit and he knows I hit hard, and it’s going to be easy to hit him."
"It’s going to be ugly,"
I agree. I've already stated that I'm not really interested in a third fight between the two, because the first two fights were not really competitive at all. I would have given Ortiz a decent chance of beating Liddell the third go round, prior to his performance at UFC 106 against Forrest Griffin. However, I see that fight going much like the first two.