The former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is set to make his UFC return after being away for more than a year. He underwent spinal fusion surgery to correct a back problem he had been suffering throughout his last few UFC fights. He is rumored to take on the former UFC heavyweight champion Mark “The Hammer” Coleman sometime this Fall, but Ortiz says believes that the MMA fans would love to see a third fight against Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell instead.
From Tito Ortiz:
“I have no more pain, no more soreness, no more numbness going down my legs; I’m back in to fighting shape again. I just started working with Freddie Roach out of Los Angeles, the ‘Wild Card,’ and I’m excited. For once I’m gonna be 100 percent, and hopefully the fans get to the see the champion I was before, ’cause the last time I was 100 percent, when I was the world champion, and I defended my world title five consecutive times … I gotta give the respect to Chuck Liddell, he was a great champion. Too bad he retired, a rematch with him would be nice, and I think the fans would love to see that.”