As a tune up for Liddell/Ortiz II, here is Liddell/Ortiz I: http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search/tito%2Bchuck/video/xtrru_chuck-liddell-vs-tito-ortiz-1
MY THOUGHTS on Liddell/Ortiz II…
If I’m betting on this fight, I would bet on Liddell, but it doesn’t mean I don’t think Ortiz has a shot to win.
Tito won’t win against Chuck in a striking fight. Just not going to happen. Chuck will do what he has done the past few years.
He will square up and circle-counter punch Tito. His take down defense will stop Tito’s double and single leg take down. He won’t kick because he doesn’t want to be taken down (even though his background is in kickboxing). He will want the fight standing. Chuck, like Cro-Cop is a counter striker. Liddell will let the fight come to him maintain his striking distance and circle away from any take down threats.
With that said, Ortiz can win this fight. But he won’t do it the way he usually fights.
First off, he must change his stance. He’s has a wrestlers stance and must use a stance similar to a Vanderlei Silva type of stance. This stance protects Ortiz’s huge head best from blows from Liddell. Ortiz doesn’t want to have his head as a punching bag like he did in the 1st fight where his hands are covering his head while in a wrestling stance. As well, we know Liddell is not going for a take down, so he can stand as tall as he wants. This is a strategy that Fedor had with Cro-Cop in their fight. Which leads me to number two.
As in Fedor/Cro-Cop fight, Ortiz must circle away from his opponents greatest weapon, Liddell’s right fist. Fedor stayed away and rarely got hit from Cro-Cops left leg. Ortiz must stay away from Liddell’s right while chasing him. It might be best for Ortiz to have a southpaw/lefty stance to make this easier. But in either case, he must chase Liddell. He can’t go for a double or a single as Liddell has a world class take down defense. He must go for the body lock and use Fedor’s type of inside or outside leg sweep or some type of Judo throw for the take down. From there the standard ground and pound.
I would also like to see Ortiz use a back-fist or two and spinning back kick if Liddell circle’s away. This would be not only useful against an opponent that won’t take you down, but quite entertaining.
Fedor’s game plan against Cro-Cop is the same plan Ortiz will need to use against Liddell (or any World Class MMA striker) for him to win.
Fedor/Cro-Cop fight: http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search