Just when we thought the show’s concept is getting stale, UFC President Dana White continues to surprise MMA fans by making the 11th season of this show much more personal. [firstpara] That is, between season 11 coaches and former Light Heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz is the long-running show’s eleventh installment of the UFC-produced reality series, this time featuring 28 fighters in the middleweight division, a weight class where worthy contenders to Anderson Silva’s UFC Middleweight Championship are very much needed.
Liddell and Ortiz have fought each other twice in the past, with “The Iceman” edging out both victories over “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.”
With so much trash-talking and bad blood between the two, it will only be a matter of time before someone explodes even before their much-awaited grudge match at the show’s finale.
Both are coming off destructive losing streaks in their UFC careers, courtesy of Forrest Griffin and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, meaning a loss for either Liddell or Ortiz could either spell forced retirement or lost credibility.
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The show’s format still applies – 28 fighters will slug it out in the elimination rounds, with 14 winners advancing to the next round to live in The Ultimate Fighter house, where Team Liddell and Team Ortiz will pick 7 fighters each.
Week after week, we will see someone get beat up, as one goes home and another advance to the semi-finals. And from there on, another person gets closer to landing that 6-figure UFC contract every MMA fighter will literally kill for.
This season, however, a wild card system will be implemented, where two previously eliminated fighters will have the opportunity to fight for the 8th and final spot in the semi-final round. Who and how that person snagged that privilege are still yet to be seen.
Even Dana White is in this debacle. The UFC President used to manage both fighters in their respective heydays, and even clashed with both of them on a personal level at some point in their careers.
With so much history between all of them, it will be interesting to see how Chuck work his way out of White’s forced retirement and how Tito could bounce back from being UFC reject to becoming the promotion’s best.
You can catch The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz every week on Balls.
Watch the trailer of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz below: