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Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz II

Main Event | UFC Light Heavyweight Championship | 205 lbs

Chuck Liddell defeats Tito Ortiz via KO/TKO at 3:59 of Round 3

Mmaweekly large Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
Mmaweekly large "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz

Liddell
KO/TKO
Round 3

Chuck Liddell Tito Ortiz

"The Iceman" "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy"

19-3-0   Pro Record At Fight   15-4-0
Climbed to 20-3   Record After Fight   Fell to 15-5
-220 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +180 (Slight Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
San Luis Obispo, California   Fighting out of   Huntington Beach, California
37 years, 6 days   Age at Fight   31 years, 11 months
205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)
6'2" (188cm)   Height   6'3" (190cm)
76.5" (194cm)   Reach   74.0" (188cm)
The Pit   Gym   Team Punishment
UFC 66
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2
  • Date: Saturday 12.30.2006
  • Referee: Mario Yamasaki
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 9 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Liddell Total Disclosed Pay: $250,000
  • Ortiz Total Disclosed Pay: $210,000
  • Title on Line: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Liddell
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Liddell vs. Ortiz II Wiki Update Wiki

The 2006 fight between defending UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz was one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history. Bad blood had steadily grown between the two ever since their first meeting in 2004, a fight that Liddell won. Unfortunately for Ortiz, the second meeting went much like the first, with Liddell putting together punishing combinations en route to a third-round finish that mirrored the ending of the first fight.


"I think he's one of the toughest fighters out there," Liddell said prior to the fight. "I'll give him that respect." "I appreciate that," Ortiz responded, "but he'll respect me more when I'm the champion." "Good luck with that, Tito," Liddell said. Ortiz entered the cage first. Rogan: "His work ethic is second to none, and he has worked so hard and so long for this fight." Liddell, the defending champion, entered next. Rogan: "[Liddell] believes he has Tito Ortiz's number and that he's going to knock him out again."


Tito gave a better account of himself in the first round of the rematch than he did in their 2004 meeting, but it was still Liddell who got the better of the standing exchanges, knocking Ortiz down near the end of the round and cutting his forehead with extensive ground and pound. The second round was less explosive than the first, with Liddell continuing to get the better of the standing exchanges while Ortiz managed to get a brief takedown in the final minute. Eddie Bravo: "I gave that round to Tito Ortiz. I liked the way he came out more aggressive and got the takedown." Near the end of the third round, Liddell clipped Ortiz with a hard shot that sent him crashing to the canvas, where he was finished with strikes. Couture: "He's so good at finding his range. He's the best in the world." Although Liddell's victory over Ortiz would make him into an even bigger star than he already was, his in-cage success was about to plummet, as he was knocked out in his next fight against Quinton Jackson and went on to lose five of his next six before retiring from active competition in 2010.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:24 PM ET
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