He told Helwani that his return "does not hinge on Tito's participation". "I never stopped missing it". However, the role was dissolved after the brand was sold to WME-IMG in 2016.
He said: "In my mind, I would like two good warm-up fights, and I'd like a shot at Jon Jones".
Ortiz was jonesing for another fight with Liddell over the weekend on Instagram. The former light-heavyweight champ has said in the past he believes he matches up well with "Bones", and the heavy handed legend still wants to test that hypothesis.
"I think style wise - in my prim - I would have matched up with him flawless".
Ortiz, who turned 43 years old this year and is 0-2 vs. Liddell lifetime, fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen via submission for his first win in three years.
'The Last Dance' Documentary from ESPN, Netflix to Focus on Michael Jordan
That said, today (May 15) ESPN and Netflix announced that they will be dropping a 10-part documentary about his Airness in 2019. It is expected to pull from 500 hour of never-before-seen-footage from the 1997-98 championship season.
Why's that? Well, if you missed it, yesterday Liddell appeared on "The MMA Hour", and he relayed that he is officially, ending his retirement. Liddell, who is now 48-years-old and who hasn't fought since 2010, told host Ariel Helwani that he is in talks with boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions to promote his comeback fight, and he's targeting a trilogy matchup against arch rival Tito Ortiz, who is looking to make a comeback as well. Am I going to do all of this and not fight?' Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn't work out with him, I'm (still) going to give it a shot. Just keep him away from a guy like Jones. "Leave me alone", Liddell said. Go watch the old films of me, it's okay. If Chuck wants to fight, let him fight.
Do you think the return of Chuck Liddell is acceptable?
"In all seriousness @ChuckLiddell, I appreciate your offer for a fight, but due to scheduling conflicts may not be able to fulfil till mid-2019".
While fans are all in agreement that this simply won't happen, fans are still discussing what would happen if Liddell - a Hall of Famer and one of the most popular fighters the sport has created - did ever step foot inside of the Octagon against Jones - someone who is considered the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time. "But I feel like I can still perform, especially enough to beat Tito, so I'll be ready".