UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell wants back in the Octagon and he understands there is no way his 40-year-old body can be in top shape if he’s chugging beers.
“I miss fighting. I miss competing. I miss sparring, too. I was giving my head a rest for a year, and I wouldn’t let people hit me,” Liddell said at yesterday’s The Ultimate Fighter 11 media day. “But I feel good. I just felt I was getting hurt by stuff that normally wouldn’t hurt me.”
What PROBABLY hurt was his TKO loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in his last outing at UFC 97, what DEFINITELY hurt was his see-you-tomorrow-morning knockout loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 88 prior to that.
“I understand,” Liddell said of his current standing in the UFC’s sexiest division. “It’s hard when you dominated for so long. I lost four of my last five. I don’t think I have anything to prove, but I would like to prove [UFC president Dana White] wrong.”
Liddell claims to have quit drinking and has changed his eating habits. We’ll see if that will translate into an extended MMA career.