Ortiz also has had a tough run of luck in his last four fights, with none a complete win. With losses to Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida, Chuck Liddell, and a draw with Rashad Evans. Ortiz and Liddell are both ready to get back in the winners circle and this fight would be a great win for either fighter on their road back to Gold.
And for Ortiz and Liddell — two of the biggest names in a sport rapidly surging in popularity — the unique pressures are even greater. While their December 30 main event will undoubtedly be a battle, it is also expected to be the biggest mixed martial arts event in history, a new watershed for a sport that recently has been drawing more young viewers than the NBA or Major League Baseball. No pressure there, right?