Well, on the golf course, anyway.
The two rivals, who clashed in one of the most important bouts of the UFC’s early era at UFC 22 in 1999, could be destined for a future showdown of a completely different variety.
Former UFC champions Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz were both featured in a recent Golf Channel Feature known as “The Toughest Gentleman in the Game,” alongside legendary boxers “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Ronald “Winky” Wright. The former combatants both said they’re now passionate about spending time on the course when they’re not in the card and wouldn’t mind booking a rematch of sorts over 18 holes.
Judging by the swings, Shamrock would have to be installed as the early favorite. After all, by comparison, even Shamrock says Ortiz “looks like he’s a zombie out there playing.”
Still, never one to back down from a challenge, Ortiz said he’d be happy to take on the man that defeated him in the octagon some 19 years ago.
“I would love to challenge Frank,” Ortiz says in the piece. “I think I actually could beat him.”
Shamrock, 45, hasn’t fought since a 2009 loss to Nick Diaz. Meanwhile, Ortiz, 43, is actually prepping for a trilogy bout with fellow UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell in November. And in advance of that contest, perhaps the most important information to come out of this Golf Channel video comes at the 4:44 mark of the piece.
For the record, it’s “three times a day, six days a week.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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