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    Star Chuck Liddell Breaks Silence on Future and Retirement

    Written by Cameron Gidari and Hector Castro

    Over the last few weeks, speculation has run rampant about Chuck Liddell’s future. Multiple people have given their opinions (we’re all familiar with the ongoing media feud between Dana White and John Hackleman), but Liddell has remained quiet.



    Until now. In a wide-ranging interview this week, Liddell broke the silence on his retirement exclusively to MMAMadness.com.



    “I’m going to take some time off and figure out what I want to do, and see what else I think I can do,” Liddell told MMAMadness. “I’ll still be training guys and I’ll still be working out and training.”



    Liddell says that he will make a definitive decision on whether or not to retire within the next year, but he is not ready to make it just yet.



    “I’m too emotional to make a rational decision,” he admitted, “so I want wait and take my time. I’m not going to make that decision until I sit down and look at it after a little while.



    “I need some time off anyway, and when everyone stops worrying about it, I’ll make my decision on my own,” Liddell said.



    “Right now, I couldn’t say that I’m not going to fight again.”



    Liddell, who has lost four of his last five fights and suffered a first-round knockout in April, admits that if he does call it quits, it will be a difficult decision.



    “All I’ve been doing my whole life is training to compete,” Liddell mused. “It’s a hard thing to give up for an athlete. It’s hard to stop competing after so many years.”



    Over the next year, Liddell will continue to train fighters, and will continue to work on maintaining his strength and technique for when or if he decides to fight.



    If he does decide to fight again, he may have a tough time convincing longtime friend, and UFC president, Dana White, to allow him back into the octagon. White has been adamant that he wants Liddell to retire. Liddell, however, is not concerned.



    “I can be pretty persuasive when I want,” Liddell said.



    Liddell adds that no one else can push him into a decision, not even White.



    “I’ll listen to [White] as a friend, but he’s not going to make me do anything,” Liddell stated, before issuing a warning:



    “The last thing you want to do if you want me to do something is to tell me I have to do it.”



    With one fight left on his contract, Liddell knows that he does not want to get in a legal battle with the UFC if he decides to fight again.



    “[The UFC has] been good to me for a lot of years, I’m not trying to get in a fight with them over fighting somewhere else,” Liddell said. “Going to lawyers and doing all that stuff, it’s just not me.”



    Liddell notes that he has had multiple conversations with White, as well as others close to him, but the decision on whether or not to retire will be his and his alone. With regards to White and his longtime trainer John Hackleman taking shots at each other through the media regarding his retirement, Liddell says that’s not his style.



    “If I have a problem [with someone], I’ll talk to them personally, not through the press." Liddell said.



    “I told [White and Hackleman], ‘It’s between you guys,’” Mr. Liddell said. “They both care about me in their own way.”



    If and when Liddell does retire, White has said that there will be a job waiting for him at the UFC. Liddell has not spoken with the UFC about what that job might be, but he says that he wants to stay close to the sport he loves.



    In fact, Liddell would be open to any job that has to do with the UFC and MMA.



    “I don’t think you could get me away from it,” Liddell declared. “I love this sport.”



    Fans will find out just how close Liddell will be to the sport in the next year. As for Liddell’s immediate plans, he is focusing on his family, and is focused right now on preparing to host his 11-year-old daughter’s graduation party at his house.





    To contact Cameron Gidari, send him an email at cgidari@mmamadness.com.

    To contact Hector Castro, send him an e-mail at hector@mmamadness.com

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    Default Re: Chuck Liddell Breaks Silence on Future and Retirement

    Pretty much what you expect, but I don't understand this part:

    “I’ll listen to [White] as a friend, but he’s not going to make me do anything,” Liddell stated, before issuing a warning:
    “The last thing you want to do if you want me to do something is to tell me I have to do it.”
    With one fight left on his contract, Liddell knows that he does not want to get in a legal battle with the UFC if he decides to fight again.
    “[The UFC has] been good to me for a lot of years, I’m not trying to get in a fight with them over fighting somewhere else,” Liddell said. “Going to lawyers and doing all that stuff, it’s just not me.”


    How can the UFC not use him as a fighter AND stop him from fighting elsewhere? I imagine they could do what they did with Arlovski and Hunt and just put him on ice for a while, but with only 1 fight left on his contract, how long could they do that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    Pretty much what you expect, but I don't understand this part:

    ?I?ll listen to [White] as a friend, but he?s not going to make me do anything,? Liddell stated, before issuing a warning:
    ?The last thing you want to do if you want me to do something is to tell me I have to do it.?
    With one fight left on his contract, Liddell knows that he does not want to get in a legal battle with the UFC if he decides to fight again.
    ?[The UFC has] been good to me for a lot of years, I?m not trying to get in a fight with them over fighting somewhere else,? Liddell said. ?Going to lawyers and doing all that stuff, it?s just not me.?


    How can the UFC not use him as a fighter AND stop him from fighting elsewhere? I imagine they could do what they did with Arlovski and Hunt and just put him on ice for a while, but with only 1 fight left on his contract, how long could they do that?
    When push comes to shove, the UFC will let Liddell fight. They will probably match him up against an up and coming fighter who could use a big win to boost his ranking. This is what they did with Shamrock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewrealty View Post
    When push comes to shove, the UFC will let Liddell fight. They will probably match him up against an up and coming fighter who could use a big win to boost his ranking. This is what they did with Shamrock.
    Actually they did drop Shamrock with one fight left and he's bitter about it.

    But I think Liddell is different. They'd sooner let him fight than have him get courted by Affliction.

    Of course fighting a no name is not the redemption he'd like
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    Well if it did go to court, which i dont think it will, than dana hurt his case by stating that he would purposely make sure that chuck doesnt fight. I would imagine the contact runs maybe another year. I would expect chuck to take at least six months off anyway so if he had to wait a year to fight its not that big of deal.

    It seems like chuck is leaning towards fighting again so either dana buckles and gives him a fight or chuck goes and headlines a strikeforce/affliction/dream event and helps the competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p-jersey View Post
    Well if it did go to court, which i dont think it will, than dana hurt his case by stating that he would purposely make sure that chuck doesnt fight. I would imagine the contact runs maybe another year. I would expect chuck to take at least six months off anyway so if he had to wait a year to fight its not that big of deal.

    It seems like chuck is leaning towards fighting again so either dana buckles and gives him a fight or chuck goes and headlines a strikeforce/affliction/dream event and helps the competition.
    The fact is that Chuck is on the verge of retirement, if it DOES go to court (which it wont) it would be the end of his career.

    I mean we all saw what happened with Randy. Chuck is old and on the fence about retiring now, if he got dragged through a court battle for a year plus...
    Gold is an idiot.

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    Its much different than coutures since ufc champs contracts get renewed so the end was nowhere in sight. Chucks contract has a clear end date. As i mentioned at most he would only have to wait another year to fight.

    Even if the ufc let him go today he would not fight anytime soon. Both him and coaches has suggested he wants to take some off before fighting again.

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