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Chuck Liddell Admits That Retirement Was The Right Choice For Him

(Liddell’s decision to retire involved sober discussions with those closest to him)

Our favorite corporate Zuffa desk jockey, Chuck Liddell, recently fielded questions in Brazil from fans and discussed his decision to retire in 2010. At that time, the former light heavyweight champion had lost three straight, all by TKO or KO, and five out of his last six fights.

UFC President, and Liddell’s one-time manager, Dana White publicly said that the legend should retire and since that time, it has been widely assumed and reported that White coerced or talked The Iceman into hanging up his gloves. However, Liddell told fans that when he met with White in the fall of 2010, he’d already decided on his own to quit.

“I talked to my family, my coaches, and then I went to Dana,” Liddell recounted for fans. “I talked to Dana. Dana and I actually went to dinner, and he thought I was going to ask him to fight again. I came to dinner, and I said, ‘You know what? I’m done.’ He was relieved.”

“I asked him to just hold off for about three months and give me some time to get adjusted to it before I have to talk to people about it because it was a hard decision for me,” Liddell went on.

While the decision to stop competing professionally was a tough one for the fighter, he says that he realizes that leaving when he did and not sustaining more damage was the right thing to do. ”I love fighting, and I didn’t want to stop, but it was the right decision at the time between my coaches and my family,” Chuck said.

“I think I made the right decision in retiring. Unless something changes, I’ll stay retired.”

Liddell maintained that he’d come back to hit Tito Ortiz some more but otherwise, you know, he’ll just chill. It’s too bad that not all fighters, not even all famous former champions, have the means to retire when they should – or even some time after they should – as Liddell did.

We sure are glad that Chuck realized he didn’t have anything more to prove and is now making bank shooting beer commercials and doing whatever it is he does in his executive job for the UFC. ‘Taters, who are some of your favorite fighters that should hang it up for the sake of their health?

- Elias Cepeda

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Chri534.- June 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm
Jeff Watts?
danomite- June 3, 2013 at 11:17 am
There seem to be a lot of pics with chuck shirtless and surrounded by other men. I mean, besides the pics where he's punching them.
Goog- June 3, 2013 at 6:06 am
Jon Jones should hang 'em up. He achieved being the youngest, most disliked asshole a long time ago. There's nothing left to prove.
Flawn Scorpion- June 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm
Bring him back !! one more fight and take that bambi leg'ed dick ass of champ we have
CWill859- June 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm
As a fan it's hard for me to admit it, but I think Shogun is nearing the end of his career. That habit of making every fight a war will catch up to you sooner or later.
teep- June 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Rich Franklin. I don't think he has announced retirement yet, but he should.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Chuck Liddell admits this article was originally printed days ago elsewhere.
Thumblaster- June 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm
How funny is it that liddell still wants to punch tito. Wanderlei is the only legand I can think of ,but he's been able to take a decent punch and not get knocked out his last few fights, selfishly i'd like to see him keep going but with the wars he's been in there can't be more than a couple of fights left in him. I hope wandy will know when to hang 'em up. Is sakuraba still fighting?
hespecful- June 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm
Before the Stann fight I'd have said Wanderlei but it seems he has some fight in him yet.