Dana White done it ideally transparent Tuesday on “UFC Unfiltered” that he wasn’t happy about final weekend’s trilogy quarrel between UFC legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
Ortiz won a quarrel handily, knocking out an overmatched Liddell in a initial round. It was a initial time Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions ventured into churned martial arts, and White believes Liddell, who hadn’t fought given 2010, had no business being inside a octagon.
“Listen, we adore Chuck Liddell and we don’t ever wish to badmouth Chuck Liddell or even let people consider I’m remotely badmouthing Chuck Liddell,” White said, as transcribed by ESPN.com. “But a existence is, initial of all, we listened final week a cokehead, ‘Oscar De La Weirdo,’ is articulate s—, that we don’t have any place to tell guys when to retire. It’s called friendship.
“It’s friendship, we f—ing cokehead. I’ve been friends with Chuck Liddell for 20 years and a existence is Chuck Liddell late when he should have late 8 or 9 years ago.”
Liddell had won a fighters’ dual prior meetings, though those bouts took place in 2004 and 2006. He’s now about to spin 49 years aged subsequent month and hasn’t won an MMA quarrel given defeating Wanderlei Silva during UFC 79 in Dec 2007. Liddell mislaid his final 3 UFC fights before returning to a enclosure Saturday night and removing whooped by Ortiz.
“Chuck Liddell is roughly 50 years aged and has no business fighting anymore. The fact a state of California let that quarrel occur is disgusting. It’s disgusting,” White pronounced Tuesday. “Chuck Liddell has an implausible legacy. He’s a outrageous superstar. Anybody who claims to be a crony of Chuck Liddell and was anywhere nearby (that fight) is full of s—. They’re not a crony of Chuck Liddell. To let him go in and quarrel this quarrel is terrible.”
To be fair, Ortiz turns 44 in January, so he’s no open chicken, either. But Ortiz has remained rather active in new years, appearing in 9 fights between Saturday’s showdown and what had been Liddell’s many new hitch in Jun 2010.
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