This former champion could be coming back.
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.
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.
Randy Couture came out of retirement to win the UFC heavyweight title once upon a time.
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 has denied any plans for a comeback, but he’s also left the door open saying he could be persuaded out of retirement if the money was right.
Liddell also teased a possible trilogy fight with Tito Ortiz on Instagram back in June.
Liddell was recently a cast member on Celebrity Big Brother where he was the first cast member voted off the show. Liddell spoke with TMZ Sports (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting) recently about his time on the show.
“It’s still a possibility, for sure,” said Liddell. “So I didn’t want to get too far out of shape. I was in there boxing the whole time. There’s a lot of stuff that they didn’t show but I was just having a good time in there and staying in shape. I’m staying ready.”
“I’ve said it before in the news, Chael would be a good warmup fight to get back into it,” said Liddell. “Tito would be great if he’d even consider fighting me. I hear he wouldn’t. He doesn’t want to fight me at all. He’ll fight other people but not me, of course.”
“It depends on who they offer,” Liddell said. “I’m down for just about anything.”
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