(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.