He just doesn’t think it should be as a headliner, and he doesn’t think it should be against an opponent at his level.
“If Chuck wants to fight – of course, not as a main event – but if he still wants to fight, let’s find him an opponent,” Ortiz (20-12-1) said after his knockout win over Liddell (21-9). “Let’s find someone who isn’t a Tito Ortiz. I’m vicious.
” … I don’t want to take anything away from Chuck. If he wants to compete, let him compete. Maybe not as a main event. No. Of course not. But let’s find someone who’s a tune-up fight for him, because I wasn’t a tune-up fight.”
Ortiz got a measure of revenge against Liddell by knocking him out in the first round at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The fight headlined Golden Boy Promotions’ first MMA event.
While the two former light heavyweight champions were in the UFC, Liddell had a pair of knockout wins over Ortiz. The first came in 2004 at UFC 47. The second was as a title defense at UFC 66 in 2006. Both fighters are UFC Hall of Famers.
But Liddell called it quits in 2010 after a fifth loss in six fights. He’s been inactive since then, so a comeback eight years later against Ortiz was a tall order right out of the gate.
Ortiz had been retired, as well, after a four-fight stint in Bellator. But his was much shorter (and was a second retirement), and he’s also younger than the 48-year-old Liddell.
Ortiz said his tenacity was going to give him the edge no matter what.
“I took off a year because I had neck surgery,” Ortiz said. “But the way I train, the way I am, my mentality as a fighter, my mentality as a man, my mentality as a father – I work really, really hard. And people have got to understand that’s why I’m able to perform the way I did.”
But Ortiz also hinted that he’d be willing to try to square his rivalry with Liddell if it came down to that, given he’s down 2-1 in the series.
“If he doesn’t want to be done,” Ortiz said, “maybe we’ll give him another opportunity.”
That seems doubtful, but Liddell wasn’t closing the doors on getting in the cage again, despite the loss.
“I don’t want to think about that right now,” Liddell said. “I’m not in the right state of mind to really talk about whether or not I’m done or not, but I felt good out there, and I had fun. So, we’ll see.”
Source : https://mmajunkie.com/2018/11/tito-ortiz-if-chuck-liddell-wants-to-fight-lets-find-him-an-opponent-ufc-mma