November 04, 2009

Former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Tito Ortiz re-signed with The Ultimate Fighting Championship in late July ending 13 months of free agency, and "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is already rekindling old rivalries.

Ortiz takes on Forrest Griffin in his return to the Octagon in a rematch at UFC 106 on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas, but the 34-year-old fighter has been lobbying to get a third bout with his old nemesis Chuck Liddell in 2010.

"I know I've lost two matches. I still think I can beat him, and I still think that's a big fight," Ortiz told "I still want that fight. That would be awesome."

Liddell has been on hiatus from the sport since losing to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97 in April. UFC president Dana White originally said Liddell was retired, but has since backed off those statements. "The Iceman" has been defeated in four of his last five fights, but has indicated that he still has the desire to compete.

"I think if I call him out enough times I think he'll be a man and step up," said Ortiz. "Why wouldn't he? That's a huge fight and a big payday for him. It will be good.

"I think we can see one more," he added. "Why not? I'm down. I'm always game. You know me, I'm not afraid to fight anyone, even though there was a picture that was painted a long time ago that wasn't true. I've fought him twice already. I'm not afraid.

"He already proved he's not my friend, so the hell with it. I've got nothing to lose. Lets make some money, and this time I'm going to kick his ass."

The Liddell and Ortiz grudge is one of the most storied rivalries in mixed martial arts' short history, dating back to 2002. Ortiz, who was champion at the time, was in prolonged contract negotiations with the UFC, which led to Liddell fighting for the interim belt before defeating Ortiz at UFC 47 and UFC 66.

That obviously left a sour taste in Ortiz's mouth ... and the feud continues.

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