Chuck Liddell’s return from retirement after eight years out of the cage won’t stop after he fights Tito Ortiz for the third time this weekend. Liddell spoke to TMZ recently and said that he wants a third fight with current Bellator fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, among others.
Rampage is the only person to hold two wins over Liddell, the first coming during the 2003 Pride middleweight grand prix that UFC sent Liddell over for, thinking he would run through the field. Rampage moved over to UFC in 2007 and promptly ended Liddell’s two-year run as UFC light heavyweight champion.
Other names that Liddell listed as possible future opponents were Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, and Chael Sonnen. Liddell owns decision wins over Belfort and Silva, while Sonnen would be a fresh matchup.
Liddell was strongly pushed into retirement by UFC President Dana White following a June 2010 loss to Rich Franklin that was his third KO or TKO loss in a row and his fifth loss in six fights. All but one of those losses were by KO or TKO.
Before he can book another fight, Liddell has to get through Tito Ortiz this Saturday on pay-per-view. Liddell said that he plans to knock Tito out once again and feels he’s ready for the fight.
“I hit as hard as I ever have,” he said. “I’m throwing fast and I’m moving and I’m in great shape.”