I would first like to say I am a little mixed on next season's coaches. I like that they did not lock down a champion or stick anyone relevant as the coaches. Besides the Lightweight division, the other divisions are in need of contenders. I don't want to see two title contenders tied up for 6 months. I like the fact they used fighters with star power with no relevance to the title.
I hate that its Liddell and Ortiz. Its a lose/ lose situation. Liddell beat Ortiz twice. I don't understand why a third fight is neccesary. Silva vs Jackson III was sold on the premise that Jackson is different since his pride days. Jackson improved his boxing greatly since Pride and the third fight proved it. What has Ortiz improved since his last fight with Liddell ? His excuses !! (My skull was cracked and back isn't fully healed and Forrest steped on my toes. boo hoo !!!) Ortiz isn't the same fighter he was 3 years a go.
Age and injuries have caused Liddell and Ortiz to slow down and become old shell of their former selves. What are the positives of this match up. If Liddell wins, its against a man he has beaten twice already and doesn't help at all for his legacy. If Ortiz loses again, then he should retire. If Ortiz can't beat Liddell now, then he can't win against half Light-Heavyweight Division.
If Ortiz wins the win is irrelevant becasue he has beaten a fighter that hasn't been relevant in over a year. Ortiz would get to avenge lost and could launch another "I'm coming for my title" campaign. Liddell suffering another lose would make three in a row. It would be a hard argument to make for Liddell to keep on fighting. This fight has the "Loser Goes Home" tag written all over it
I can't understand why Dana would make this match up. He is going to lose a star power draw at the coaches fight for what ... More Spike TV ratings. Ortiz and Liddell are legends of the sport and should go out with a bang, but not like this. I would like to tip my hat to both Ortiz and Liddell for all the fireworks and great fights they had. I will miss watching you guys come into the Octagon because after you guys fight for the last time. One of you won't be coming back.