Dana White recently reiterated that Chuck Liddell is done as a fighter following Liddell’s first round knockout loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97 this past Saturday. In an interview with InsideFighting.com, White noted that while Liddell may be done as a fighter in the UFC, he will still have a role in the organization.
“Chuck Liddell is stupid rich,” White said. “Chuck Liddell is done. He’s got nothing left to prove. He’s the most famous guy on earth. I love him like a f*cking brother and I don’t want to see him get hurt. There is no reason for it. He’s f*cking forty years old man. These guys that are fighting now are young, explosive, fast f*cking kids who are well rounded mixed martial artists. There’s no f*cking reason for Chuck Liddell to be out there at forty years old still fighting. I don’t want to make a f*cking nickel off that ever. Believe me, it will be a f*cking war if he tries not to retire, believe me. I love him. He helped me build this business. We started when he was making five hundred and five hundred. And we had the dream of him becoming a big star and winning the title and making all kinds of money.
“We did it all man,” White continued. “We f*cking did it all. We did it. We did it. It’s f*cking over. He’s forty years old, it is over. It was amazing that he was able to fight until he was forty. That’s what a bad motherf*cker he was. He has nothing to prove to anybody, period. It’s over. We did everything that we set out to do. It has been an amazing run, its been fun. We did it together, we stayed loyal to each other the whole time and we did everything that we hoped to do and now its over. He can do it financially. And plus, I’m going to bring him into the organization in some other way and he’s still going to make money. He’s been loyal to me and I’ve been loyal to him and that’s not going to change now that he’s retiring. He’ll always be a part of the organization. He’ll take on another role, he’ll still make money and he’ll be with me until the day we die.”