This former UFC light heavyweight champion could be considering a come back.
With all of that said, it shouldn’t surprise many that someone who was basically dragged away from fighting by UFC President 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.
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.
In his recent interview with TMZ Sports, White sounded off on the potential matchup mainly showing concern for Liddell. Here is what he had to say transcript courtesy of Bloody Elbow).
“No,” White said when asked if he was interested in promoting the fight. “Chuck’s almost 50 years old. I love Chuck Liddell, but 50-year-olds shouldn’t be fighting.”
“I couldn’t do that fight. I love the guy. I love Chuck Liddell, I love him. As a friend, I don’t think he should fight. And anybody around him who cares about him shouldn’t let him fight either.”
It’s rare in MMA that legendary fighters stick to their first retirements. There are several examples of that.
If you recall, 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.