Eight years on from his retirement, and eleven years removed from his last win, legendary former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell will soon be fighting again.
The 48-year-old Liddell was recently seen with Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who’d revealed plans to start Golden Boy MMA and promote a trilogy bout between Liddell and fellow ex-UFC champ Tito Ortiz. On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Liddell doubled down on his comeback talk, targeting a November return in either Las Vegas or California, even if Ortiz isn’t the opponent.
“It does not hinge on Tito’s participation,” Liddell said. (via MMA Fighting)
“I miss it. I never stopped missing it. And I kinda hadn’t really thought about it much. And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, ‘You know what, what if he pulls out? Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all of this and not fight?’ Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn’t work out with him, I’m [still] going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else, one of the guys from my past probably, most likely, and we’ll see where I’m at.”
Liddell (21-8) was knocked out in his final three UFC fights, with his loss to Rich Franklin signaling the end of his time inside the Octagon. He soon took an office job as UFC’s Vice President of Business Development, but shortly after the UFC was sold to WME-IMG, he and Matt Hughes were laid off.
As if that wasn’t enough, Liddell still has ambitions about fighting Jon Jones, who is under provisional suspension after failing yet another drug test.
Chuck Liddell: “To be honest, in my mind, I’d like to fight two good warm-up fights then I’d like a shot at Jon Jones. I’m serious. I’d like a shot at him.” #themmahour
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Jones is still under UFC contract, so either there’s a scenario where the UFC doesn’t want to deal with Jones anymore and lets him go, or Liddell does so well that Dana White reverses course and welcomes “The Iceman” back with open arms.
Whether you like it or not, Liddell is gearing up to fight again.
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