Chuck Liddell’s long-time trainer and friend John Hackleman has had enough and would like to put an end to his ongoing feud with UFC president Dana White. The only problem is, Hack claims White refuses to acknowlidge his calls.
“I hate that Dana and I can’t get along, and we’re always fighting,” Hackleman told MMAWeekly.com. “We have in the past, and we’ve tried to make up for Chuck, because it really bothers Chuck. I’ve reached out to Dana, and I’ve tried to call him many times.”
However, he got Bobby Brown’ed because, “Mr. telephone man, there’s somethin’ wrong with my line…”
White, a homie of Liddell’s as well, never responded to his attempts to reconcile, even for Liddell’s sake.
“I’ve only got so many numbers,” Hack added. “I’m sorry for my part and I’m sure Dana is too; we just seem to rub each other the wrong way.”
Hackleman wanted to reiterate that he wasn’t pushing Chuck to continue fighting, but that IF the former UFC light heavyweight champ decided to retire, Liddell would be the only one allowed to make that call.
“You can never find my quote that says I want Chuck to fight again,” Hack said. “My quote says he does have another fight on his contract, and I don’t think Dana should be the one telling him when to quit; I think Chuck will tell us when he’s going to retire. I never once said ‘I want Chuck to fight.’ All I wanted was for Chuck to do what’s in Chuck’s heart, whether that’s fight or retire.”
The banter started after Liddell was TKO’d by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97. White took the liberty of immediately announcing Liddell’s retirement after he dropped his fourth fight in five contests. Hack, however, said that White was speaking out of turn.
White then made it personal by stating the only reason Hackelman was pushing Liddell to fight was so he can milk him for one last payday.
Hack’s right for sticking up for his boy, especially since White was so quick to throw dirt on Liddell’s grave. But he’s willing to let bygones be bygones for the betterment of their mutual amigo.
“I’ll try to call him again for Chuck’s good, because Chuck does not like this,” Hackleman said. “He doesn’t think it’s funny, he doesn’t think it’s cute. It would be better if we all got along. If I got a call from him, I’d love to make it up. I don’t like being misquoted and put down.”