It is obvious Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell had no intention of retiring as he makes his return to MMA starting with a coaching stint against Tito Ortiz in The Ultimate Fighter 11. Coming off a less-than-impressive stint on Dancing with the Stars he makes his way back to the promotion where he found his success and will fight Tito Ortiz for the third time following the culmination of TUF 11.
The world knows that there is no love lost between Tito and Chuck,
UFC President Dana White said in a UFC press release. These two guys will do whatever it
takes to beat each other. Whether its fighting or checkers, Chuck
wants to beat Tito and Tito wants to beat Chuck. On Season 11 of The
Ultimate Fighter, well see which legend can score the upper hand when
it comes to coaching the next batch of rising stars.
While Dana White appears genuinely concerned for the health of Chuck Liddell, and has gone on record as saying he would like him to retire due to a recent string of knockouts, if Liddell is going to fight anyway - he appears more interested in seeing Liddell compete in the Octagon than outside of it.
From a contendership perspective a bout with Ortiz really means little, but Ortiz is not known for his stand-up punching and kicking power so this bout appears tailor made for the Iceman and could very well be his swan song.
The Ultimate Fighter is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, March 31,
2010 at 10:00pm ET/PT