A rumor has erupted in the MMA community that a UFC legend is returning to action but inside a boxing ring.
At the 31-second mark of Triller’s newest Fight Club promotional video, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is seen. Fans see a close-up of “The Ice Man’s” face, as well as him throwing his patented hooks. Watch the video below:
The Ice Man hasn’t competed since his first-round KO loss to Tito Ortiz in 2018 during an event by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Liddell competed in the MMA fight at aged 48.
Now 51, Liddell has been featured in Triller Fight Club’s promo video, signaling a potential move to boxing. And as for a potential opponent, MMA Island has suggested De La Hoya. The boxing icon, 48, announced last month that he is making his comeback on July 3 via Triller. And according to a report by ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, De La Hoya is targeting a fight with a “big” UFC name.
As per the report, sources told ESPN that De La Hoya signed a multi-fight deal with Triller. There has been no word on Liddell’s status with the company.
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Liddell Is Much Larger Than De La Hoya, Has Not Had a Boxing Match
If the fight does come together, fans will likely immediately question the size difference. Liddell fought in the UFC at 205 pounds, whereas De La Hoya competed as high as 160 pounds as a professional boxer. Liddell is billed at 6’2″ with a 76.5″ reach, whereas De La Hoya stands 5’10.5″ with a 73″ reach.
The counter to the size argument would be the obvious difference in boxing skill between “The Golden Boy” and The Ice Man. De La Hoya (39-6) is a highly decorated pro boxer, winning several world titles in different weight classes and knocking out 30 of his opponents.
Liddell (21-9) is known as one of the fiercest fighters in MMA history, earning 13 of his victories by KO and defending his UFC light heavyweight belt four times.
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