UFC president Dana White pegged some fighters as losing their stride because of life outside of the Octagon. He noted UFC hall of famer Chuck Liddell’s career as a prime example.
“Partying kills fighters,” said White on the Joe Rogan Experience. “I saw it happen to Chuck. After his fights, everybody wanted a piece of that guy. It was insane.”
One particular memory for White was the day before Liddell was set to fight Randy Couture for the first time at UFC 43. White was walking through the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as he spotted Liddell partying at 2:30 in the morning.
The next day, Couture took a third round TKO to win the interim light heavyweight championship. The outcome didn’t shock White. The two legends would have a trilogy, with Liddell getting the better in the other fights
Liddell retired in 2010, ending his career at 21-8. He lost five of his final six fights.