(Chuck demonstrating the moves that got him voted off Dancing With the Stars)
Chuck Liddell was in Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario over the weekend to help out his 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Scott Epstein in a pair of training seminars taught by his TUF 11 assistant coach in the two Canadian cities.
Although he declined our request for an interview (not sure why), he did speak with Mike Davies from the Peterborough Examiner about the crossroads he is facing in his career after his knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 — his third KO in as many fights.
"I haven’t talked about it at all. I still don’t plan to for a little bit. I have to talk to Dana and my guys and see what I’m going to do," Liddell said Sunday afternoon. "It’s a lot harder decision when I thought I looked great until I got caught. I was winning the fight and winning the fight pretty good, I thought."
Had he not gotten caught by Franklin, "The Iceman" believes that he likely would have won the bout as "Ace" may well have quit between rounds due to the broken arm he incurred as a result of a Liddell kick in the opening frame.
Refuting the popular opinion that his reasoning for continuing to fight is likely because of money or a result of his desire to go out on top, or at least on a winning note, Liddell says it’s more so about going out when he is no longer to compete at a high level.
"It’s not that so much as looking at should it be my last fight? I was in great shape," he said. "I was sparring well and everything was working well. That’s where it comes into trying to figure out what I’m going to do."
Since UFC president Dana White has stated on several occasions that he has no desire in seeing Liddell incur any further damage like he has in the past couple years inside the Octagon and the fact that Liddell’s current salary is $500,000 per fight, base, even if the promotion releases him so he can continue to pursue his career under another organization’s banner, there aren’t many who would pay even half of his asking price, considering his recent performances.
When speaking about the small seminar he did last weekend in the lesser-known city of Peterborough — population 75,000 — even Liddell admits that the price attached to his name makes him an almost unaffordable commodity, possibly foreshadowing the fate of his in-limbo career.
"To be honest, my appearance fee is too high to make any sense for these guys, but I did it to hang out with Scott," said Liddell.