You can call former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell many things, but an alcoholic better not be one of them.
In case you missed it, Tito Ortiz started a smear campaign during “The Ultimate Fighter 11” media day, where the two will serve as opposing coaches on the latest season of the hit reality show, claiming Liddell can’t stop sucking on the bottle.
Although Liddell has earned the reputation of club hopper over the years, at no time was his partying interfering with his personal life or career, so Ortiz’ outrageous comments not only caught the MMA world off-guard, but “The Iceman” as well.
“I don’t know what his problem is,” Liddell told Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com. “I don’t know why he would say it. If it were true, it’s an [expletive] thing to say. If it isn’t true, which it isn’t, it’s doubly bad so I don’t know what his problem is. I don’t know why he’s running his mouth like that.
“But he always says something stupid. What else is he going to say? You know he runs his mouth trying to get attention. That’s what he does.”
Chucky is right on all counts here. IF the alcohol abuse were true, why would Ortiz bring something so personal to light? Well, that answer can be found in one of Liddell’s other observations of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” – he’s the ultimate self-promoter and antagonist.
Having gone a disappointing 0-3-1 over his last four scraps, talking is clearly what Ortiz does best nowadays and perhaps that’s why the UFC opted to bring the 35-year-old back for one final Octagon run.
However, this is Tito in rare form. Never before has he taken things to this level of personal invasion and Liddell intends to make him pay for it.
“It bothered me,” Liddell stated. “Yeah you know, I kind of knew going to fight him again, that he was going to say something to piss me off. I just thought it would take a little bit longer. I mean, I was taking it as a tuneup fight. I mean I knocked the guy out twice. I mean what is there to get motivated for?
“But now I’m going to try to kill him. So good job Tito. Good job.”