White Would Be Bummed If Liddell Returns
Chuck Liddell may return to MMA, and his former manager, friend, and boss, Dana White isn’t thrilled about it.
As reported earlier this week on FIGHT SPORTS, De La Hoya is in the midst of finalizing contracts to launch a Golden Boy MMA brand that would feature a third Tito Ortiz and Liddell fight.
“We’re finalizing contracts, getting everything rolling,” said De La Hoya. “I’m excited. I’ve been talking to Chuck and Tito. They have a crazy history among both of them. Both guys are beasts. If they want to fight each other, I’m ready.”
White, who has a long standing feud with De La Hoya over the latter’s opinions of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight from 2017, hopes Liddell doesn’t fight again.
“I get it,” said White. “Everybody sees whats going on, everybody wants a piece, and I hope that’s the case. What I do hope is that he is partnering up with Chuck Liddell and they are going to be partners other than have Chuck Liddell come in and fight. If they are going to partner up in the MMA business, nothing will make me happier. That is awesome and I would love to hear if that is true for Chuck.”
“If he plans on kicking off his MMA program with Chuck fighting, that would not be good and really, really bum me out. Chuck Liddell is almost 50 years old, he doesn’t need to be fighting.”
Liddell has not fought in nearly eight years, when he was knocked out by Rich Franklin and pressured to retire by White in exchange for a UFC office job.
Following UFC’s sale to WME-IMG, Liddell would be let go, and has been seen at Bellator events and now with De La Hoya.
Original Story: MMA Fighting