Following three straight loses, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell retired from active competition. After retiring he took an executive job within the UFC. After WME-IMG purchased the UFC in 2016, Liddell was one of the executives let go from the company.
“It happens. Life changes. At first, I took it a little hard. Now I see it as a blessing in disguise. It’s got me re-motivated to go out and figure out what I want to do.”
Since leaving the UFC, some have thought Liddell would make a comeback. With UFC seemingly out of the equation, it would seem that Bellator would welcome the “Iceman.” Especially due to the company being known to sign various big name MMA fighters, including Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz who look to restart their careers.
In fact, Liddell posted a photo on his Instagram this past summer, facing off with Ortiz, teasing a potential trilogy bout between the two.
Liddell also confirmed he has had talks with Bellator President Scott Coker, but have been only. promotional talks and not for a return to the cage. Liddell says some have asked if he would be interested in doing a “legends’ fight”, and he thinks he might do it for the right price.
“But it’s just, in the right situation, if they offered enough money, and my body would hold up to getting in shape, I’m not saying I’d say no.”
He added that the itch to fight has never left him since hanging up his gloves in 2010.
“I don’t think the itch to fight has ever left me, ever. I mean, I got paid to do what I love for a living, and I got paid very well to do it. So that’s going to always be there. That’s always going to be like, ‘Man, I wouldn’t mind getting out there again.’