INGLEWOOD, California – Chuck Liddell offered no excuse after his loss of qualifying Tito Ortiz in the main event of the opening night's Golden Boy MMA show.
Liddell (21-9) retired on Saturday night for more than eight years in a trilogy match with his long-time rival and UFC Hall of Famer Ortiz (20-12-1). The result did not go in the first two fights, but the “The Iceman iki was cold in the first round.
Liddell's pre-fight talk showed that he returned to sports for the right reasons. He could not take the job, and then he accepted defeat with grace.
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Liddell told reporters, including MMAjunkie, in the post-war press conference, muh I'm out, there's no excuse, L he said. . I was in very good shape, ready to go and he was better. I mean, here it is. "
Liddell said he regretted some aspects of his strategy for fighting. He said he had earned Ortiz too much confidence and that he wanted to make a more aggressive aggression when he stepped light on the Forum and paid per watch.
Despite his loss, the former longtime UFC lightweight heavyweight champion said he enjoyed the experience of returning to competition. Following a knockout loss to Rich Franklin in the UFC 115 in June 2010, he was resilient to retirement and fulfilled a drive to return to fight.
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. I loved being there, L Liddell said. Orum You have to understand, I like fighting. I didn't do it for no money or fame. That's why I started. I did it because I like being there. I was ready to go. I wish I had done a few different things, but I would. "
Liddell, 48 and Ortiz, 43 in competition between, in 2004, even more than the first encounter in UFC 47'e. After the trilogy ended, they both shared a glorious moment in which they appeared in the cage. .
Liddell struggled to explain his feelings for Ortiz, but gave him credit for the man who beat him.
Imiz I don't know what to say about us (our relationship), söy Liddell said. "I respect him. Everyone enters that ring, shut the door, and fight. I respect them. I respect him, he respects his work, and prepares for the fight. He goes out and beat me hard, and he beats me."
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Liddell said that a future in sport would not be possible for him if he didn't triumph before he matched Ortiz. Nevertheless, he would not continue to fight against any retirement and was unsure of what the future could possess.
Iy I don't want to think about it right now, L Liddell said. Ama I'm not really right to talk about what I'm doing, but I felt good and had fun there. I mean, we'il see. "
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