While it may sound familiar, this time it seems like it might be true. In an interview with MMAFighting.com, UFC President Dana White guaranteed that the storied career of Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell is over after Saturday night’s first-round knockout loss to Rich Franklin.
“I thought Chuck looked great right up until it ended, but I guarantee you that tonight was the last time” said White.
White had tried to convince Liddell to retire following his loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97: Redemption in April of last year. Liddell promised to change his lifestyle, prompting White to gave him another shot. Liddell looked better physically and technically Saturday night than he has in several Octagon performances.
“Chuck Liddell came in fantastic shape… he worked hard for this thing and I think him and Rich Franklin tonight fought the type of fights that made them both famous and made them both world champions,” White admitted at the post-fight press conference. “Those two went at it, nonstop, toe-to-toe. It was a fun fight.”
White noted that while Liddell’s fighting future in the UFC is over, he will have a job for life in the organization.
“We had a dream that it was going to be like this, and we’re living it and it happened,” he noted. “He actually lived inside that window, and I have not one sad feeling in my body at all. We did it. We did it, he was part of it, and he’ll always be a part of it.”
Meanwhile Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Vladimir Matyushenko and Patrick Cote weighed in with their opinions on whether or not Liddell should retire. You can watch their reactions below: