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Video: Chuck Liddell Talks About How Tough It Was to Retire


(Video courtesy of YouTube/StocktonHeyBuddy)

Chuck Liddell was on the latest episode of Fox Sports’ Barfly alongside actor and BJJ black belt Ed O’Neill (AKA Al Bundy) and host and author Mark Kriegel. Besides talking about the rise in popularity of the UFC in comparison to the drop in popularity of boxing, the trio touched on the former UFC light heavyweight champion and Hall-of-Famer’s recent retirement, which is when Chuck got a bit emotional.

Liddell said the decision was one of the hardest ones he ever had to make and that he realized it was time to hang up the gloves when he could no longer take a punch like he used to. In spite of being in the best shape of his career and as ready for his last fight with Rich Franklin, Chuck admitted that it was his weakened chin and concerns for his neurological health that pushed his hand following a string of vicious knockouts. According to “The Iceman” although he wishes things played out differently, he has no regrets and he went out swinging.

“I went out the way I fought. I fought my way. People say I should have changed and I should have tried to wrestle more,” the UFC VP of business development explained. “I went out my way. I went out the way that I fight. I went out on my shield. That’s it. Done.”

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Tags: [...] VP of Business Development. Chuckle.
RSparrow- May 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm
Minutes later Bundy excuses himself, comes back with Peggy by the hair, and throws her under the table forcing her to perform oral on the iceman.
danomite- May 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Ray Romano looks alot different now than when he was on that TV show.
KrmtDfrog- May 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm
a Gracie bjj black belt at that
irish brawler- May 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm
hahaha yeah theyre in a bar so that would make a bit of sense.. and yes mind=blown that al bundy could mess me up on the ground.
LOKI- May 17, 2011 at 11:42 am
@RwilsonR-Yea, and in that same interview he talked about how Chuck's boxing was garbage and that if he faught an actual boxer he would get KO'd.
This was when Chuck was still champ...but not of boxing.
Kinda illustrates the same kinda ignorance of the sport that James Toney did.
But I will give him this, James Toney never scored 4 touchdowns in one game for Polk High.
Catalyst8487- May 17, 2011 at 11:03 am
I'm also shocked as hell that Al Bundy is a black belt.
RwilsonR- May 17, 2011 at 10:59 am
Chuck had a lot of great fights, and did a lot of good for the sport. I'm glad the guy retired, though.
I always thought Al Bundy was pretty awesome for his BJJ BB until I saw an interview of him, and saw how he drinks Rorion's kool-aid. He would talk about how the UFC isn't real because it has rules, and only determines the best fighters under the given rules, and how the Gracie's would still be dominating everyone if it weren't for those rules. I appreciate the Gracie contribution to this sport as much as anyone, but it is just sad to see the old Gracie's and their students refusing to believe that the sport has evolved because it no longer features them as the centerpiece.
Smitty- May 17, 2011 at 10:50 am
@ HugePenisLarry (man that's uncomfortable to type)
I didn't know Ed was a martial artists until I watched and read this article. Wow!!! That means that he was training way back when Married with Children was still bein taped.
O Chan- May 17, 2011 at 10:37 am
@Irish - there could be several reasons for him slurring... For starters, the show is called "Barfly"... And it's Chuck. Do the math.

Is kind of sad watching this and just seeing how the Franklin fight was not the way he wanted to get out.
just some dong- May 17, 2011 at 10:23 am
Chuck always seems one miscommunication away from knocking out these douchbag interviewers.

"So you started to suck shit and it was clear that your chin left you ages ago. Just how did that make you feel?"
kellyman- May 17, 2011 at 10:10 am
O'Neill's belt rank is the reason I started watching Modern Family.
JiuJitsuGuy.com- May 17, 2011 at 10:04 am
I heard an interview that O'Neill actually triangle choked someone who got out of hand once...awesome!
DangadaDang- May 17, 2011 at 10:01 am
Maximo Blanco signed with Strikeforce. Anthony Johnson is fighting Nate Marquardt. My boy Johnny Numbers told me so.
HugePenisLarry- May 17, 2011 at 9:57 am
Am I the only one who is blown away by the fact that Al Bundy could fucking choke any of us out?
just some dong- May 17, 2011 at 9:52 am
Awkwaaaard!
Negativecreep0- May 17, 2011 at 9:47 am
Ya definately some brain damage already evident in chuck......... unless they had him doing 4 irish car bombs in a row.......that filthy bastard bundy always talking shit on peg.............
DangadaDang- May 17, 2011 at 9:25 am
@taco
Everyone goes out on Jake Shields. His name is Latin for REM sleep.

@irish
Possible?
irish brawler- May 17, 2011 at 9:23 am
was he slurring his speach a little bit? possible brain damage?
Fried Taco- May 17, 2011 at 9:22 am
He should've gone out on Jake Shields.
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