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Chuck Liddell Calls It a Career; Takes Executive VP of Business Development Gig With UFC

("Well boys, it’s been fun, but I have some partying to do. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it." Pic props: Adam Fogarty)

It looks like Chuck Liddell‘s retirement didn’t last long.

At today’s press conference for UFC 125 today, UFC president Dana White announced that Liddell was officially done with fighting and that effective immediately, the mohawked former fighter will be taking on the role of executive vice president of business development for the Vegas-based promotion.

When a fan requested a hug from and a photo with Liddell at the presser, White obliged, quipping that the embrace would be Chuck’s first official duty in his new role. Somehow, I don’t think that "The Iceman" will be doing a hell of a lot more than handshakes and photo-ops, which wouldn’t be a bad thing for the organization as he has arguably become the most recognizable fighter in the world and the face of the Zuffa-owned incarnation of the UFC similar to how Colonel Sanders did with KFC and Ronald McDonald did with McDonald’s.

White gave few details about what the role will entail and Liddell made only a brief acceptance/retirement speech in which he thanked the fans for their support and White and UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta for ensuring that he has an active role in the company that he helped cross over to the mainstream.

Let’s hope for Ben’s sake that he isn’t put in charge of ,"F*cking scumbags up worse than they’ve ever been f*cked up before." If so, we may have to provide him asylum in Canada.

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nicey- December 30, 2010 at 8:09 am

Nasty. Nothing from KFC is delicious. Ew.
Fried Taco- December 30, 2010 at 7:53 am
I don't know, I think Ben would have a good shot at knocking him out.
JoseMonkey- December 30, 2010 at 6:10 am
I wonder how Chuck will balance his new job with his current role as the Executive VP of Bangin' Broads Two at a Time While Shit-faced.
Red Baron- December 30, 2010 at 5:37 am
Yeah, chalk one up for the good guys of MMA. In an industry of so many pricks, Chucks will be good for the image of MMA.
MyDonkeyPunch- December 30, 2010 at 3:56 am

So he would have trained the ring girls to do their jobs? That would be a sight to see... Chuck in high heels and a two piece. And the nightmares begin....

On a side note, damn you CP for making me think of KFC and one of those "famous bowls". Those things are hella delicious. I'm hungry now.
The Lizardking05- December 30, 2010 at 1:43 am
am i the only one sad that chuck is not getting KTFO'd again?
GILL-uh-TEEN- December 29, 2010 at 11:50 pm
He should have pursued that Ring Card Girl developer role harder...
Susan B. Sandwiches- December 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm
Given the current trend Chuck will be getting KTFO by softball questions within two years.
fatbellyfrank- December 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm
And a merry Christmas and Happy new Year to Drano, RwR, Almost, GB, Sexy rexy, med rare, Ballkick and all the good guys on CP, you know who you are.
And JWM, I hope Santa shat in yer stocking
fatbellyfrank- December 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm
great to see, keeps Chuck in the picture, and he IS one of the most popular and recognisable MMA fighters( or ex-fighters) on the planet, great news for UFC, great news for Chuck and great news for us Iceman nuthuggers who wont have to see him get KTFO ever again
pooch- December 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm
I wonder how many times it is going to take before Chuck pops somebody in the snoot. "Chuck we'll handle it from here, but thanks for your ideas" Take the money and stay home. That's my corporate advice.
Travis.Logan- December 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm
This is awsome im am happy for Liddell he was one of my favorite sports figures of all time not just his heart and beastly tendencies in the cage but he is excellent for the expansion of the sport to mainstream and he loves the fans with out a doubt. Now hopefully Lil Nog can put a beat down on Tito (Chucks one and only true nemesis) come March and send him his retirement papers, then Dana can offer The Huntington Beach Bad Boy a job cleaning the shitters at The Ultimate Fighter facilities
Almost South- December 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm
the tags made me lol
steveno_3- December 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm
he has a bachelors in accounting. and they aint gonna make him make tough decisions dinomite.
KidDinomite- December 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm
One has to wonder how someone with no prior VP experience will be able to perform the duties one has as Liddell has no degree nor any business experience, though i could be wrong. I will say if he has any impact in changing the way fights are judged and/or reffereed then I say we need him in this role. Otherwise I think this is just a role created by White to put money in Liddell's pocket rather than have him fight for another organization and run the risk of losing viewers to Strikeforce or Bellator.
Smitty- December 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm
I can see it now, Chuck with a pint of Jack Daniels in his locked desk drawer, gettin to work an hour and a half before any one else, then showin up to the morning meeting half lit, with those gotdam blue fighting shorts on.
Bruce_Buffer- December 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm
Well its not Light Heavyweight champ, but im glad Chuck has regained some form of a title.
dragoman- December 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Oh yeah, this article was worth a "Read More" tab.
dranokills- December 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm
bout time Chuck. between rich franklin, chuck, and Randy those are 3 top faces to me and deserve a nice easy job with a title and a desk.
WAR BONG- December 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm
hell yeah...good for Liddell.
cecils_pupils- December 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm
Props to Chuck for landing a steady job. Make sure you pay Rich his finders fee.
rlh61- December 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm
I agree. Let's just hope he sticks with the new gig...I can't stand the thought of Chuck getting KTFO again.
Vovchanchyn Check- December 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm
good for chuck