Tito Ortiz III vs Chuck Liddell is a Fight for the Future

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Tito Ortiz III vs Chuck Liddell is a Fight for the Future

The first time an event in the MMA managed to exceed a million PPV buys was in early 2006 when over a million homes watched UFC 66. The headline fight was between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell in Las Vegas, a rematch of a fearsome fight from two years earlier that only managed to do 10% of PPV business. The two legendary lightweight fighters were breaking new ground and managed to carry MMA to new heights in terms of money.

The Third Fight Between Liddell and Ortiz

More than 12 years later, “The Bad Boy” and “The Iceman” are preparing to go up against each other for a third time in Los Angeles on Saturday evening with the hopes of redefining the MMA dynamic once again in terms of earnings. “Should we be able to hit over a million in PPV buys, I’ll be making more money on this upcoming fight than all my previous fights combined,” Orbitz stated on Monday evening during his appearance on a popular MMA show.

The question is, how on earth is that actually possible? Tito Ortiz fought a total of 27 times during his career in the UFC, stretching from 1997 through 2012, and has recently even fought a total of 4 times in Bellator. Ortiz stated that he only managed to receive around 2% or 3% of PPV earnings when he was fighting in the UFC. However, for this upcoming fight, he will receive a whopping 30%. “The payout will not only be based on PPV sales but as well as sponsorship income and gate revenue,” Ortiz stated earlier this week.

Can They Reach a Million PPV?

Reaching anywhere close to a million PPV buys for the Ortiz III versus Liddell fights is far-fetched to be perfectly honest. Both these fighters are regarded as UFC champions with incredible resumes. However, both of them haven’t had a decent fights in years. Liddell, with a 21-8 record, is currently 48 years old and hasn’t been in a real fight for the last eight years. He also lost five of the last six matches before he decided to walk away from the UFC. On the other hand, Ortiz is currently 49 years of age and managed to participate in a fight in 2017. However, he will return to the octagon after a fifth neck surgery where he declared that he is done with fighting. Well, that was the case until this one rolled around.

Ortiz will essentially look for much-needed revenge as Liddell managed to knock him out on both occasions when they met in the ring. “I never wanted to come back, but its Chuck I’ll be facing, and for that alone, I’ll make an exception.” Liddell sees this fight as the perfect way to get ready for a return to the MMA. “Should I win this bout, and I feel anywhere near as good as I think I would, I will undoubtably search for another opponent.”