When UFC president Dana White first announced that Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell would serve as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 11 — then complete their trilogy at the conclusion of the season — even the modern day Don King didn’t appear too ecstatic about it.
Now that Ortiz’s recent neck surgery has been brought to light, White said he would still be open to promoting a Liddell vs. Ortiz III — if “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” heath improves.
“As long as the doctors say he’s safe to fight and he’s healthy enough to fight. They do amazing things these days,” White stated following UFC 114. “It could be possible.”
On last Wednesday’s TUF 11 episode, Ortiz talked to his team about the neck injury that would most likely require surgery. Towards the end of the show, White pulled Liddell into an office and told him that Ortiz was out of their fight.
The normally cool-headed “Iceman” quickly became infuriated that he wouldn’t get a chance to knock Tito’s block off after putting up with his shenanigans for several months.
Ortiz posted an explicit video last week showing his surgery, but it’s unclear when he will be cleared for a return to the Octagon.
White and Ortiz are aiming for a late autumn comeback.