Former UFC light heavyweight king Chuck Liddell retired from fighting following three consecutive knockout defeats. The losses ended the career of one of the elite fighters in MMA history.
During an appearance on UFC Tonight recently, “The Iceman” was asked if he has given any second thoughts to coming out of retirement and competing again. Having been away from the Octagon for almost two years now, Liddell gave a candid response.
“It was a hard decision to make to retire. It wasn’t that I couldn’t compete with these guys, I can’t quite take a punch like I used too,” Liddell said. “It came down to I didn’t want to change my style. The only thing you could give me that would make me think about coming back would be a shot at the title. So yeah, Jon Jones. I don’t want to come back as a side show.”
Liddell is already in the UFC’s Hall of Fame, owns the record for most knockouts in the 205-pound division, and is the holder of the most wins by a light heavyweight. He continues to work with the UFC, helping to promote the sport and promotion.