Dana White is throwing his weight around again. In this MMAWeekly interview, he lends an almost sympathetic comment about the difficulty Chuck is faced with when deciding whether or not to retire:
?Chuck?s in a very weird political situation right now with a lot of different people. Chuck is such a good guy and such a loyal friend and an amazing person that he doesn?t say no to anybody,? White explained. ?I don?t know all the ins and outs of it, but I?m sure enough people around him still need to make some money.?
White?s concluding statement is yet another transparent shot at Liddell?s loyal friend and longtime trainer, John Hackleman of ?The Pit? fight team, although this revised version is much more politically correct than his previous statements, which were of the same prototypical and unprofessional vein we?ve come to expect on occasion from White.
Hmmmmm. I wonder why Chuck is in this ?weird political situation right now with a lot of different people?? Dana continues:
?Chuck?s all set. He doesn?t need to make any more money. Chuck?s made a lot of money. He?s become very famous and he?s got lots of stuff going on. He?ll always be, as long as I?m alive, he?ll do just fine.?
Kudos to Mr. White for making things easier for Chuck. First lamenting about how Chuck?s in a very difficult political position on his retirement, and then, as the president and voice of the UFC, stating that Chuck ?doesn?t need any money? and ?is still retired?.
Once, I eagerly opened the refrigerator to satisfy my heroin-like craving for blueberry yogurt, and I was deeply apalled and offended that the yogurt had spoiled into a curdy mess- and no one had taken care of it. ?Its so disrespectful when people leave crap like this in here,? I muttered to myself as I placed the spent yogurt back into the refrigerator.
Through all of this media attention, through all of the verbal volleying between White and Hackleman about the status of Chuck?s retirement, both sounding as genuinely distraught as Luke Skywalker when his uncle prevented his trip to Tosche station to score some power converters? we?ve heard no definitive answer from The Iceman himself.
Could we stretch the boundaries of humanity and really think outside the box long enough to actually let the man speak for himself? I would say Chuck has at least earned that one simple right. I don?t need to launch into his impressive record, or cite all of his amazing knockouts over accomplished fighters- any MMA fan knows Chuck Liddell, and what he?s done for the UFC and MMA. I won?t even lend my opinion on whether or not he should retire, because there is one man, and one man only, who should be making that decision.
I will patiently await the decision of Chuck Liddell on his fighting future, and respect his path-forward no matter what the choice.