There’s always the fear in combat sports of a fighter sticking around longer than they’re welcome. Unfortunately, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is at that point following another KO loss at UFC 115.
Some may argue that Randy Couture, who is now 46, has had his best fights since turning 40. Although for every Couture that is able fend off Father time, there’s a Chuck Liddell that can’t.
Liddell, 40, has never made his style a secret. He’s always lived by the gun and died by the gun, and the time has come for him to step aside before it’s really too late.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan may have said it best following UFC 115’s pay-per-view broadcast as he bluntly stated, “Chuck Liddell is done.”
For a guy who’s best attribute is knocking his opponents out, “The Iceman” has found himself on the wrong end of that equation in four out of his last six Octagon outings.
“I guarantee you that was Chuck Liddell’s last fight,” UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.
Maybe White believed in his friend a little too much because he professed the same thing after reigning 205-pound champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua put him down at UFC 97.
“I guarantee you tonight was the last night,” White re-iterated when asked if Liddell could persuade him again.
White won’t allow it to happen again because he knows his longtime friend is nowhere near the fighter he used to be. Although Liddell may resist retirement once again, he’ll quickly realize that going to fight elsewhere will burn the bridge he and White built over the last decade.
Furthermore, the lifetime employment with the UFC White has promised him would certainly be flushed down the toilet as well.