It has been eight years since Chuck Liddell was knocked out in his last fight in the UFC, now he returns on November 24th to prove he can still beat up Tito Ortiz.
Rumors of a comeback were on and off since he was essentially told to retire by Dana White in 2010, with a potential move to Bellator following the UFC’s sale to Endeavor, but Liddell will now be fighting under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy banner.
“I wasn’t really ready to leave when I left,” Liddell said of his 2010 retirement on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “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.”
With the fire re-lit in him, Liddell is taking it one fight at a time, and if it’s this last chance to silence Ortiz and make it 3-0, so be it.
“It’s kind of cool doing this and getting back into it and how many people have come up to me and said I’ve inspired them to get back into doing something they love, or to go and start working hard at something, or to try something they didn’t think they could do,” said Liddell.
“I am going to open a gym after this. I am going to stay in the sport, competing at least as a coach, if nothing else. This whole journey gets me back to my love of the sport, to being in and around the sport. I missed it.”
“He keeps saying I’m a shell of the man I was [and] now he can beat me,” Liddell said of Ortiz. “Why would you even want to promote that? ‘The only reason I can beat you now is because you’re a shell of the man you used to be’?”