Heading into UFC 88 this past Saturday, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell was all but guaranteed a title shot against Forrest Griffin if he could get past Rashad Evans. Liddell was coming off of the most significant victory in his career, a unanimous decision over fellow light heavyweight icon Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79. Instead, a one punch KO by Evans sent Liddell’s title aspirations to the same unconscious state that Liddell had been in for more than a minute after the fight was over.
“I’m fine. I got caught man. What do you want me to say?” Liddell responded when asked about his conditioning at the post-fight presser after suffering the most devastating knockout of his career.
It was supposed to be Liddell who knocked out Evans, instead it was Evans who showed an aging Liddell how to land a title shot. UFC President Dana White announced that Rashad Evans was the new #1 contender to Forrest Griffin’s UFC light heavyweight title.
Following his third loss in four fights, Liddell was asked about his future and he was as unsure as the rest of the MMA world saying, “I’ll definitely take a little time, I don’t know. I always said I’ll decide if I’m going to retire in the training room, not after a fight.”
Liddell had previously said that he was planning on fighting for 2-4 more years after the Evans fight depending on how good he felt, a highlight-reel knockout isn’t going to help his cause.
“Yeah, it’s still my goal to get back into it [title shot] but obviously it’s going to take a little bit longer now so we’ll see,” said Liddell.