Chuck Liddell’s Trainer Doesn’t Like Comeback Talks
John Hackleman, Chuck Liddell’s longtime coach, is not exactly on board with Liddell returning to MMA, but said he would still support Liddell in a potential comeback.
Hackleman appeared on The MMA Hour and said he doesn’t like the idea of Liddell, who is 48 years old, coming out of retirement and have his first MMA fight since 2010.
“I don’t like it, at all. In fact, I don’t like any of my fighters to fight. I wish they were all just training at my gym and were having fun, and that’s what I started The Pit for back in 1985 and I never want anyone to fight. To me, it’s not fun, never has been,” Hackleman said.
“So, I don’t want him to fight anymore. But with that said, if he does [want to fight again] and he really has to do it in his heart, then I’m behind him 100 percent.”
Regardless of his personal feelings regarding the former UFC light heavyweight champion returning to MMA, Hackleman said he would help out and support Liddell if he was offered the chance to help.
“I’ll do whatever Chuck needs,” Hackleman said. “Whatever Chuck needs in his heart, if he wants me to come work with him for the fight, if he wants me to work his corner — if he wants me to do both, then I’ll do both,” Hackleman said.
Original Story: MMA Fighting