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Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz to undergo out-of-competition drug testing for trilogy bout

There will be drug tests administered to Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz for their November 24th fight.

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We are just two months away from another showdown between MMA legends and UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, in what goes down as a real sentence I just wrote in 2018.

Liddell has been out of MMA competition since 2010, whereas fellow former UFC light heavyweight champ Ortiz competed under the Bellator banner in January 2017. Both men will be undergoing out-of-competition drug testing in the lead-up to their trilogy bout on November 24th.

“Just like there should be drug testing for any high-profile fight, there will be for this one,” California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster said to MMA Fighting. “Chuck Liddell hasn’t fought in some time and hasn’t been part of any drug-testing program recently, as far as I know. We want to make sure the fans are getting a clean, fair contest.”

Liddell (21-8) hasn’t won since his epic encounter with Wanderlei Silva in 2007, and has been knocked out in his last three fights. He does hold knockout wins in both of his previous bouts against Ortiz (19-12-1), who’s most recent outing saw him choke out Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170.

You can catch Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 on pay-per-view (details and pricing to be announced) or in-person at The Forum in Inglewood, California. This will be the first time that Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions has held an MMA event.