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Dana White Blasts Liddell Trainer John Hackleman

Dana White, speaking to, responded to comments from longtime Liddell trainer, John Hackleman, saying that Chuck Liddell has not made a decision on the continuation of his fight career and may continue to pursue his fight career. “Obviously, John Hackleman didn’t pay his house off yet,” White said. “John Hackleman needs some money, because anybody who claims they care about Chuck Liddell even a little bit would not be making these f–king statements.”

On not allowing Liddell to fight for another organization, White responded, “F–king right I wouldn’t . . . [But] at the end of the day, if that’s what he wanted to do, I mean, what am I going to do? I’m not his f–king father. I can’t tell him, ‘No, you f–king can’t.’ . . . [Hackleman has] never been a decision-maker in Chuck’s career. I can tell you this: He didn’t make Chuck Liddell. Chuck Liddell made John Hackleman. How many great, talented guys do you see coming out of John Hackleman’s place? He’s no Greg Jackson. He’s no Mark DellaGrotte. He’s no American Top Team. He’s not one of the great camps. Chuck Liddell made him.”

Hackleman, meanwhile, reiterated that “If Chuck was getting the s–t beat out of him by a bunch of nobodies and getting knocked unconscious all over the place, I would try to influence him to retire. But since I don’t see that –- Rashad was the only time I’ve seen him actually knocked unconscious –- if he really wants to still fight, and I think it’s in his heart, I don’t think anyone, including Dana, should take his livelihood and his love away.

Hackleman also noted that other top fighters have suffered more losses than Liddell that have yet to end their careers. “I’m not going to name names, but they are still up in the top of the game and no one is calling for their retirement,” he said. “Chuck’s wits are about him. He’s not punchy. So it’s up to him. Whatever is in his heart.”

Dana obviously doesn’t appreciate the Pit trainer speaking out against his call for retirement The Iceman’s retirement. This one could get ugly in a hurry. Stay tuned for more.

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