UFC president Dana White has introduced his intention to get into boxing. So why can’t Oscar De La Hoya dip his toes into the MMA enterprise?
As unusual as that sounds, the boxing legend-turned-Golden Boy promotions boss spoke overtly with TMZ about wanting so as to add MMA to his portfolio and it appears to be like like he’s allied himself with former UFC celebrity Chuck Liddell.
Requested what the 2 have been doing collectively, De La Hoya mentioned that they have been discussing the potential of engaged on “Golden Boy MMA”.
“We’re talking some business,” De La Hoya mentioned, “It’s no secret that I love what MMA fighters do and the technique they have and the sacrifice they make, so I want to get into the MMA business. I want to start Golden Boy MMA and we’re just talking some business.”
Liddell, 48, has not fought since being knocked out by Wealthy Franklin again in June 2010. That was the third straight knockout loss for Liddell, who reigned as one of many mild heavyweight division’s most well-known champions, efficiently defending that title 4 consecutive instances.
With regard as to whether he plans to fight once more, presumably for De La Hoya, Liddell mentioned, “I’m making a comeback, for sure.”
Liddell additionally expressed curiosity expressed curiosity in a 3rd fight with rival Tito Ortiz, who final competed at Bellator 170 final January. In keeping with Ortiz, that was to be his final look contained in the cage.
Each males have each teased combating yet another time to proceed one of many UFC’s largest feuds. Liddell received each of their earlier matchups by knockout.
“Tito was always my favorite,” Liddell mentioned of presumably going a number of extra rounds with Ortiz. “One, he’s easy; two, I never get tired of hitting the guy. And people never seem to get tired of seeing it. People ask me, ‘Can you come beat him up one more time?’”
De La Hoya agreed, saying, “Imagine Tito and Chuck once again, that would be huge.”
As for the way he would have fared in his prime had he chosen to compete in MMA versus boxing, the place he received world titles in a number of weight lessons, De La Hoya was brutally sincere about his possibilities: “I wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds.”