One UFC Hall of Famer is staying retired.
It’s rare in MMA that legendary fighters stick to their first retirements. There are several examples of that. Tito Ortiz retired after losing to Forrest Griffin a second time, only to return to the sport two years later to join Bellator MMA, Georges St-Pierre couldn’t resist the pull of the cage and will be returning later this year to fight Michael Bisping.
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Randy Couture came out of retirement to win the UFC heavyweight title once upon a time. With all of that said, it shouldn’t surprise many that someone who was basically dragged away from fighting by Dana White, former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, would be possibly thinking about a return.
A few months ago, there were rumors of Liddell possibly returning to fighting, and this led to former UFC fighter turned Bellator MMA competitor Chael Sonnen calling him out for a fight in the UFC’s rival promotion.
Despite Sonnen’s best attempt to bring Liddell out of retirement via calling him out on Twitter, Liddell insists there’s nothing to the rumors. He also claims that if they did end up fighting, then it would be a difficult one for him.
“I’ve never been very interested in fighting him,” Liddell told TMZ Sports (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting). “He’s kind of a boring fighter. I mean, it’s a great matchup for me if we’re gonna fight, but I haven’t talked to anybody about anything. It’s an easy matchup. He ain’t gonna take me down and lay on me.”
Liddell has not fought since June of 2010 and is now 47 years old. He decided to retire after losing five of his last six bouts, four of them by vicious knockout. Liddell made his name known after knocking out grapplers by using his wrestling in reverse. Lidell added that if he were to fight Sonnen, then it would have to be a big payday.
“He wants a big money fight, right?” “The Iceman” said. “It’s gonna be big money if I’m fighting him. He needs to draw something. For sure [it would have to be a big payday].”
So there you have it. It appears that Liddell is happily retired and this fight will not happen. Bellator MMA officials have plenty of options for Sonnen as he could fight at three different weight classes. If you want to see Liddell fight, then check out UFC Fight Pass.