Future UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is currently sitting at a crossroads in his storied career. The San Louis Opispo-stationed fighter, once among the most feared 205lb fighters on the planet, has lost five of his last six bouts; his last three by knockout. Many are calling for “The Iceman’s” retirement, and though he has refrained from making a decision too quickly, Liddell wondered aloud if it might be time to hang up his gloves in a recent interview with the Star Tribune.
“It’s about how I feel and if I want to go back and make a run at a title and how far away that would be. And whatever I think is left in the tank,” Liddell said of a possible retirement from the sport he helped carry to the mainstream. “I’ve been doing PR stuff for the last couple months, and I’ll finally be home for the month. I’ll probably decide sometime in September, when I have time to relax.”
Liddell was one of the UFC’s first crossover stars and the most recognizable fighter/champion in the organization for some time. He defended the UFC Light Heavyweight strap four times against quality competition and owns one of the most impressive highlight reels of any MMA fighter. It is for all of these things and more that Liddell’s desire to prove himself has waned and also why he may be growing more comfortable with the idea of retiring.
“I don’t feel like there’s anything left to prove,” he said. “I still love fighting, but there’s a lot that goes into it. Maybe it might be time. I’m just not sure yet.”
Regardless of how things play out, Liddell said that he has no regrets about his career and that he is thankful for the time he has spent as one of the sport’s biggest stars.
“You know, I’ve enjoyed the ride,” said “The Iceman.” “No matter what, I’ve had a good time. I never expected it, but I’ve gotten paid a lot to do what I love. There are no complaints.”
If Liddell should hang up his gloves, he will retire with an overall career record of 21-8. He holds notable wins over Vitor Belfort, Kevin Randleman, Jeff Monson, Renato “Babalu” Sobral (twice), Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem, Tito Ortiz (twice), UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture (twice), Jeremy Horn, and Wanderlei Silva.