After an illustrious 12-year mixed martial arts career, former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell has officially called it quits. However, don’t expect “The Iceman” to be standing in the unemployment line anytime soon.
During Wednesday’s UFC 125 pre-fight press conference, president Dana White announced Liddell is the Octagon’s new executive vice president of business development. According to the promoter, there are currently five-six executives within the inner circle and Liddell is now among them.
“A lot of people have worked hard. Fighters who have gone out and put on incredible performances, great shows, traveled all over the world, but there’s one guy who really stands out,” White stated.
“For more than 10 years, Chuck Liddell has been more than I can say. More than a friend, more than a fighter, more than a champion, and we’re also here today to announce that he is also becoming one of the top executives in the UFC.”
According to UFC brass, Liddell’s new position isn’t just so he can have a new moniker on his business cards. He’ll actually be involved in issues such as regulatory affairs and fighter relations.
“I want to thank Frank [Fertitta], Lorenzo, and Dana for everything they’ve done for me over the years, and the sport,” Liddell said while holding back tears.
“Most of all I want to thank my fans and my family. I love this sport and I’m excited to go to this new stage in my life and keep promoting the best sport in the world, the sport I love … now that I’m retired.”
Liddell was the face of the company when the UFC was just starting its emergence. The owner of MMA’s most famous mohowk will go down as one of the game’s most accomplished and adored athletes.