Chuck Liddell: I Wasn't Really Ready to Retire


MMA legend Chuck Liddell will come out of retirement on Nov. 24 for a trilogy fight with bitter rival Tito Ortiz under the banner of Golden Boy MMA.

The 48-year-old decided to hang up his gloves in December 2010 after being on the receiving end of three brutal knockouts to Rashad Evans, then Mauricio Rua with the third and final one coming at the hands of Rich Franklin.

The former light heavyweight champion maintains that his retirement from the sport came down to others pressuring him rather than his own decision, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship and President Dana White promised him a job outside the cage as part of the deal to retire from competition. Shortly after the UFC was purchased in 2016 by WME-IMG, Liddell was released from that role.

In a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, Liddell admitted he had wanted to keep competing in MMA despite choosing to retire.

“I wasn't really ready to leave when I left,” Liddell said. “I love this sport. I love fighting. I love training and I feel that I've still got some fight in me. Part of it is people told me I couldn't. If you tell me I can't do something, I like to prove to you that I can.”

Liddell, 48 and Ortiz, 43, first met at UFC 47 in 2004 where Liddell put on a sprawl-and-brawl performance for the …

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