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Dana White: If Chuck Loses Saturday Night, He’ll be forced to Retire Again

(Chuck just enjoying life at Shady Acres Retirement home.)

Fighters Only caught up with Dana White this week and spoke about Chuck Liddell’s future with the promotion should the Iceman lose to Rich Franklin at UFC 115. According to the UFC president, Liddell will be given a gold watch and a nice retirement package if he doesn’t win Saturday night.

“Yes[he'll be done], and I think he will say the same thing. But let me tell you what the difference is – the difference before, when I wanted him retired, was that he wasn’t doing the right thing," White said. "He was out partying every night and doing the wrong thing not the right thing. He wasn’t living the life of a professional athlete."

White went on to explain that the only reason he softened his stance that the 40-year-old should hang up the gloves for good is that Liddell gave him his word that he would take training and fighting more serious than he ever had, and according to Dana, he has kept his promise.

“He and I sat down and talked and I will tell you what, he has kept his word. He has been phenomenal shape since the beginning of The Ultimate Fighter and it will be interesting to see how he does. Because Rick Franklin is tough, he is no joke," White explained. "He had that war with Dan Henderson that many people believe he won, he had the war with Wanderlei Silva – he has fought all the best in the world.”

Many fans and pundits have written Liddell and Franklin off due to their spotty records over the past few years (Liddell is 1-4 in his past five fights and Franklin is 1-2 in his last three), but both fighters have a lot to prove in Vancouver, so their fight could very well end up being fight of the night. Let’s hope it lasts at least a couple rounds.


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fatbellyfrank- June 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm
Bwahahahahaha @ Jimbonics, user for 1 day and seven hours, hey Rex, you sure it ain't just one of those BE spelling bee trolls, Bwahahahahahahahahaha

Sorry Jimbo, to good to passup, thanks for the heads up Rex, hey Jimbo, how's littlered engine going
ReX13- June 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm
Jimbonics is a effin newb! Nobody pay attention to that loser, he hasn't been long enough to have an opinion.

Ballkick- June 11, 2010 at 9:50 am
Nope, I am sorry Chuck's comeback will have the same type of results as Rampage's...My advice to both fighters is to open your own gym and pay it forward to the new up and comers. Sometimes it's better to bow out gracefully, then to ignore your limitations.
Rich Franklin wins by KO, second round.
Mofo- June 11, 2010 at 8:47 am
@ death and chronic - word.

ganja and mortality. heavy shit man.
Canadian Chronic- June 11, 2010 at 6:59 am

right on the button
Mofo- June 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm
@Lorenzoe - actually Hardy is the perfect example of the need for gate keepers... all we needed was for Fitch or Koscheck to expose his complete lack of takedown defense and Hardy would never have gotten the title bout, rightly so.

Hardy only got the title bout because he called someone a fake irishman. His Mix of Martial Arts is comprised of boxing and smack talk, and zero wrestling.
Lorenzoe553- June 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm
did he really say dan hardy is an up and comer?
2DaDeath- June 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm
^ Thank you for you're long rant. It's exactly how i feel about fighters, though i don't have the energy or vocabulary to express everything you just said.
Mofo- June 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Ben Fowlkes wrote a column at SI, and since I can't comment there, I'm gonna comment here. It's something people say a lot about people who don't seem likely to "make another run at the title", and I can't fuckin figure out why anyone thinks like this.

About Franklin:
"He's not ready to retire, and yet it's hard to imagine him winning another title at this point. He's just kind of ... there. have to wonder what the endgame is."

No you don't! The fuckin end game is to do what he does for a living. Does a band stop putting out records because they're unlikely to get another number one hit? Does a football team stop playing because they're unlikely to get another championship? Why do so many people make comments like this about anyone - young or old - who seems unlikely to be champion?

These guys are professional MMA fighters, so they are going to keep on going to work just like you and me. It pays the *rent*. I guess that's the "endgame". For the rest of us, the endgame is watching good fights, and Rich never disappoints in that regard. And mainly, former champs like Franklin, Cro Cop, and Wandy, as well as perpetual "almost champs" like Diego, Fitch, and Koscheck, are important "gate keepers" to test the up and comers like Dos Santos, Anthony Johnson, Dan Hardy, etc.

It's a bit offensive to just scratch your head and say "what are you still doing here, party's over, go home" to a professional athlete who hasn't gotten KTFO 4 out of 5 times lately.

So, sorry Chuck, this rant doesn't concern you. For Chuck, the party is never over. Literally.
fatbellyfrank- June 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm
I'd rather grapple with those two than Rich Franklin, and jizzninja, you dont Bone Chuck, Chuck bone you and make you his leeetle beeeyatch
cecils_pupils- June 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm
^^^they don't call ya jizzninja for nothin'!
jizzninja- June 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm
I would bone all three of it! And to all you guys in comment land I invite you to suck it.
jimbonics- June 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm
Thanks for deleting my account, Douchenozzle.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Chuck was busy casting roles for his next Reebok commercial. It's such a trying life having the busy schedule of a superstar.
justscrappin- June 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Yeah almost north....brings new meaning to the term " Severance Package." Or at least it would if these girls werent like 16.
Almost North- June 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm
I'd be more than happy to uh...retire...those ladies.
glassjawsh- June 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm
my left, the only left that matters
Casa de los pantelones- June 10, 2010 at 11:52 am
What Chuck needs and has needed for a few years now, is new trainers, new camp.

John Hackleman is stale. Chuck Vowed to be completely different in his fight against Shogun. Looked the same to me. Same awkward fighting stance, arms too far apart, etc.

He just needs a change, try new things, learn from others, etc.

sknity- June 10, 2010 at 11:51 am
Usually when WWE does retirement matches aren't they on the inside of a steal cag.......never mind...
Run Forest Run- June 10, 2010 at 11:45 am
If Chuck loses Dana should have to retire.
El Guapo- June 10, 2010 at 11:37 am
Couldn't disagree more with Dana's "win or go home" stance regarding Chuck's future. What if he puts on a great performance but loses a decision?? It's like Dana enjoys going going back on his word..

Now I'll be the first person to tell you Chuck should hang them up. The Iceman's had a great career- he's a friggin legend!! I just think it's time, is all. But to say he should retire because he's partying too much yadda yadda...turn around and praise him for shaping up, saying he's looking phenomenal and what not...THEN say it's win or go home? Huh?? Highly suspect IMO
Get Off Me- June 10, 2010 at 11:26 am
Chuck's right...the girl on our right has big arms and looks like dead weight in the sack.
aaronb- June 10, 2010 at 11:18 am
Our left or Chucks left?
glassjawsh- June 10, 2010 at 11:12 am
the one on the left please
mustache revival- June 10, 2010 at 11:01 am
I have noticed in the recent training photos of chuck that have surfaced, he appears to have shaved off his signature mustache. Based solely on Chuck's reckless upper lip shaving, I am picking Franklin by 1st rd KO.