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Iceman Not Melting Away Just Yet

Written by Tom Ngo
April 17th, 2009
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has dropped three of his last four fights, and continues to fend off  questions regarding his impending retirement. Well “The Iceman” ain’t having it, and says that you can put all that nonsense on ice.

“It’s something for people to ask,” said Liddell. “They were saying that before the Wanderlei (Silva) fight, and then after the Wanderlei fight they were saying, ‘Oh he’s back.’ I was winning the Rashad Evans fight until I got caught, and now everyone thinks I should retire again.”

Getting “caught” is something that has occurred much to frequently for Liddell. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson jacked his title when he “caught” him at UFC 71. Then most recently, Evans dropped him cold at UFC 88 when he “caught” the 39-year-old with a devastating right hook.

“It’s not like I walked out there and took a beating,” Liddell said about his loss to Evans. “I got caught. I made a mistake and he capitalized on it. Good for him, but I’m not going to let it happen again. I want another shot at it.”

Although Liddell understands he can’t fight forever and that he is closer to the end than the beginning, he isn’t quite ready to let mixed martial arts go just yet.

“I will be 40 this year. That kind of stuff has to come up,” Liddell sheepishly said. “My body still reacts well. I still feel fast. I still hit very hard. I can still react and move well, so I’m not worried about it yet. The time is not an issue yet.”

Liddell will be taking on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who also finds himself in a must-win situation, this Saturday at UFC 97.

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