UFC president Dana White on Tuesday blasted Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions and the California State Athletic Charge for his or her roles in last weekend’s trilogy bout between beforehand retired UFC legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
Liddell, 48, acquired right here out of a nearly eight-year retirement to face his earlier rival Ortiz, 43, in a light-weight heavyweight bout in Los Angeles. Ortiz scored a knockout victory inside the remaining minute of the opening spherical. It was the seventh knockout lack of Liddell’s storied occupation.
After a 21-year occupation as an MMA fighter that culminated collectively together with his revenge knockout of Chuck Liddell on Saturday, Tito Ortiz launched his retirement from the sport.
Age appeared to fulfill up with Chuck Liddell, who was rusty and gradual to react sooner than being knocked out by longtime rival Tito Ortiz inside the first spherical Saturday night at The Dialogue board.
1 RelatedSpeaking to UFC Unfiltered on Tuesday, White, who’s a longtime good buddy of Liddell and impressed him to retire in 2011, blasted De La Hoya for promoting the battle.
“Listen, I actually like Chuck Liddell and I don’t ever want to badmouth Chuck Liddell and even let of us assume I’m remotely badmouthing Chuck Liddell,” White acknowledged. “Nevertheless the reality is, to start with, I heard last week the cokehead, ‘Oscar De La Weirdo,’ is talking s—, that I have not acquired anyplace to tell guys when to retire. It is called friendship.
“It’s friendship, you f—ing cokehead. I’ve been buddies with Chuck Liddell for 20 years and the actual fact is Chuck Liddell retired when he should have retired eight or 9 years up to now.”
White then took function on the California State Athletic Charge.
“Chuck Liddell is type of 50 years earlier and has no enterprise combating anymore. The precise reality the state of California let that battle happen is disgusting. It’s disgusting,” White acknowledged. “Chuck Liddell has an unbelievable legacy. He is a gigantic well-known particular person. Anybody who claims to be a very good buddy of Chuck Liddell and was wherever near [that fight] is full of s—. They are not a very good buddy of Chuck Liddell. To let him go in and battle this battle is horrible.”
Saturday’s pay-per-view event was the first time Golden Boy Promotions had ventured in blended martial arts. De La Hoya did not attend the postfight data conference and has not publicly commented on the bout, aside from saying “Golden Boy MMA was born in the meanwhile” on social media afterward.
Liddell has not indicated whether or not or not he intends to battle as soon as extra. Ortiz launched his retirement immediately after his win over Liddell, and must affix Golden Boy Promotions as a promoter in future MMA events.
Liddell and Ortiz had been involved in a heated rivalry on the height of their careers. They fought in 2004 and 2006. Liddell obtained every fights by means of knockout.