Pride World Grand Prix 2003, and Quinton Jackson would shock many as he would not only eliminate, but dominate UFC representative in the tournaments’ semi final, in the physical form of ‘The Iceman’ Chuck Liddell. A tournament many believed would be the groundwork for a Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva final. Both fighters being dominant around the 200lbs mark at that time.
Upon making his regular appearance on the MMA Roasted Podcast this past weekend to promote his upcoming fight at King of the Cage a fight he would finish by his patented way of TKO Phil Baroni did not mince his words when revealing who he would want next.
“Chuck Liddell’s tryna’ make a f–kin’ comeback, you know what I mean. You-know don’t f–kin’ fight Tito (Ortiz) again. You knocked him out twice, what the f–k mother f–ker. I’m the one that knocked you out before you fought Rampage in f–kin’ Pride. And you know, lets go!” Phil Baroni would respond to the asking host, Adam Hunter when asked ‘if he plans to call anyone out post his King of the Cage bout’. The response would be in particular ‘New York Bad Ass’ style, with lots of expletives beginning with ‘F’.
Detailing the shock announcement knock out of at the time, a peaking and dangerous Chuck Liddell. Phil Baroni would go on to explain, “Yeah, Dana White was there I knocked him on his ass!”.
It has been recently teased that Tito Ortz and Chuck Liddell will square off under MMA rules in a third and final showdown, having previously competed against one another at UFC 47, and UFC 66 before competing against one another as coaches on Season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter. A third fight between the pair was scheduled upon the Season’s conclusion, but Ortiz would be removed from the scheduled bout and from his coaching role mid filming of TUF 11 due to a severe injury diagnosis on his neck. A freshly rumoured third bout between the pair is set to take place for upstart Oscar De La Hoya MMA Promotion, Golden Boy MMA. Oscar himself has declared such an interest in the last few days, “Chuck (Liddell) is a legend and it would be an honor for me to do something with him,” De La Hoya would state.
When pressed for further comments by WHOA TV, Phil Baroni would acknowledge the message, but not respond. Potenially insinuating, ‘his statement has already been made’.
Chuck Liddell was also contacted in regards to this matter, but has yet to make an official statement to WHOA TV.
Phil Baroni has had a fascinating career in MMA: Blistering start to his UFC career; losing two high profile bouts to Matt “The Law” Lindland, which would involve an altercation with a referee; a steady run in the Pride Welterweight Division; a high profiled feud with Chute Boxe; a classic bout with fellow MMA pioneer, Frank Shamrock; an unsuccessful return to the UFC; an influx in weight, which self admittedly affected performances; a gruesome broken leg; an now a knock out victory return after a 4 year absence from MMA competition.
Chuck Liddell last competed in MMA back in June of 2010, losing via TKO to fellow MMA Legend, Rich Franklin as Liddell was caught with a straight-right when going in for the kill on wounded Franklin against the cage.
Liddell has continued to pursue his acting and television career since retiring from MMA; recently appearing as a house guest on Celebrity Big Brother 2018 . If Liddell selects to return to MMA, it would seem to be for the passion. Phil Baroni carries a respectable name among his legendary peers in MMA. A potential Phil Baroni bout might be enough to tempt the Iceman, either instead or after a proposed Mixed Martial Arts bout with former friend and rival, Tito Ortiz.
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