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Ortiz has since stated that Liddell's thumb made contact with his eye, causing him to momentarily see "nothing but black".
Since UFC 47, the bad blood between both fighters remained, with Ortiz repeatedly stating that he wanted "his" title belt back.
The UFC tried to arrange a title bout with then-champion Tito Ortiz, but Ortiz cited scheduling conflicts.
To force Ortiz's hand, they created an interim light heavyweight championship and matched Liddell with Greco-Roman wrestler and former heavyweight champion "The Natural" Randy Couture at UFC 43.
After a technical submission loss to top contender Jeremy Horn shortly after, Liddell began establishing his reputation as a top contender with dominant victories over Kevin Randleman, Murilo Bustamante, Vitor Belfort, Amar Suloev, Jeff Monson, Renato Sobral and Tito Ortiz.Couture neutralized Liddell's hooks with straight punches and eventually began taking "The Iceman" down at will.Couture eventually gained full mount and forced a referee stoppage due to a barrage of punches.Liddell began studying Koei-Kan karate at the age of 12; Liddell was a four-year starter on the football team at San Marcos High School, playing center and linebacker while also excelling at wrestling.While growing up in Santa Barbara, he often frequented the infamous Del Playa Drive, the middle of the party scene of the college town of Isla Vista, where he often found himself in fights with drunk college students.