Former light heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will appear as opposing coaches on the upcoming eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, UFC President Dana White announced on Saturday during The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on Spike TV.
Liddell knocked out Ortiz in both of their previous meetings in 2004 and 2006, and Liddell will now return to the Octagon to fight Ortiz for a third time in 2010.
Both have previously appeared as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter, with Liddell appearing opposite Randy Couture on the show’s
A UFC hall of famer, Liddell (21-7) hasn’t fought since suffering a first-round TKO to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in April, his fourth loss in five bouts since his December ’06 win over Ortiz. Though Liddell considered retiring at the request of his close friend White, “The Iceman” has opted to fight at least one more time following his appearance on Dancing with the Stars.
Ortiz (15-7-1), who returned from an 18-month layoff in a loss to Forrest Griffin in November, won five-straight between 2004 and 2006 over Griffin, Ken Shamrock, Vitor Belfort, and Patrick Cote, but has failed to win since, going 0-3-1 with losses to Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Griffin and a draw against Rashad Evans.
The Ultimate Fighter 11 will feature middleweight fighters and will begin filming early next year for a likely April debut, before concluding with a live finale in the summer. At open tryouts held in October in Los Angeles, veterans Nick Thompson, Bobby Southworth, and Jason Lambert were among those who advanced in their bids to make the cast of the reality series.
Pictured: Chuck Liddell