If you thought the Fedor Emelianenko-to-the-UFC talk was getting old, what about the inevitable Octagon return of former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell? Speaking of getting old, despite turning the Big 4-0 last month, “The Iceman” remains intent on resuming his MMA career, despite what UFC president Dana White feels.
“He’s made a lot of money, and I’ll pay him more money to [expletive] not fight,” White said. “He can come in and be the Director of Fun or something. I don’t know. I’ll give him a [expletive] job that he doesn’t have to fight. I love him. I respect him. I think he helped us build this business. He’s been an incredibly loyal guy to me, an incredible friend to me, and he doesn’t have to fight anymore.
“I respect him for wanting to, but I don’t want him to.”
Liddell begins filming The Ultimate Fighter 11 in two weeks, with the Spike TV show debuting on March 31st. Although he dominated Ortiz in their previous two meetings, a trilogy between the legends is already set. White isn’t sure what’s next for “The Iceman” after that bout, especially since he pulled the Liddell/Ortiz III bout out of nowhere.