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'Tiger vs. Phil' and 'Tito vs. Chuck': Pay-Per-View Sports for Thanksgiving

Football and Thanksgiving are two trademarks of Fall’s favorite holiday that go together like peanut butter and jelly, or turkey and stuffing. But what about golf and fighting? If you are interesting in watching some alternative sports action on pay-per-view during Thanksgiving, then this is the right week for you.

On Friday, November 23rd, golf stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will take part in the first ever pay-per-view golf match. Billed as “Capital One’s The Match,” Woods and Mickelson will face off at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, with a prize of $9 million on the line for the winner. The pay-per-view is being presented by Bleacher Report, the PGA Tour and other organizations and will be the first of its kind, as the two golf heroes talk smack, hit golf balls, and make side-bets along the way. Woods, 42, is the betting favorite at -210, versus Mickelson, 48, at +170. This event will run you $19.99, with tee-off at 2PM CST. This event can be purchased through the Bleacher Report website, or through your cable provider.

If golf isn’t your thing, there is another pay-per-view sports event on the agenda. Mixed martial arts legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will meet for their third fight at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Saturday, November 24th under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy MMA banner. The fight will mark Golden Boy’s first foray into the world of MMA, and will mark the long-awaited faceoff between “The Iceman,” Liddell and the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Ortiz. Liddell and Ortiz previously faced off twice under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner, with Liddell winning both matchups. Liddell hasn’t been in the cage since 2010, and has lost the last five of his six outings. Ortiz last stepped in the cage in 2017, submitting Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170. Ortiz, 43, is the betting favorite, and will be bringing a record of 19-12-1 into the fight. Liddell, 48, will be looking to add to his 21-8 professional record. This pay-per-view’s price has been cut down from $49.99 to $39.99, with a special Black Friday price of $19.99 planned. A handful of Amarillo restaurants are also planning to show this bout, which starts at 8PM.

So, if you’re looking for some alternative sporting action this Thanksgiving, gather your kids, in-laws and annoying cousins around the television and watch two golf pros hit some balls or pro-fighters hit each other. Either way, Amarilloans will have many opportunities to make this Thanksgiving a sports-filled one.

Mickelson (LEFT) and Woods (RIGHT) pose during a press conference for The Match  Photo by Bleacher Report YouTube

Mickelson (LEFT) and Woods (RIGHT) pose during a press conference for The Match

Photo by Bleacher Report YouTube

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