In less than a month, Chuck Liddell returns to fighting for the first time in a decade and feels in better shape than he did when he last fought.
Liddell points to the hard partying he did prior to his initial retirement from the sport.
“I had a lot of fun, but it was not the best environment for fighting,” the UFC Hall of Famer said in a promotional video for his trilogy bout with Tito Ortiz.
The November 24th fight drove Liddell back to the Body Shop ready to train and prove he can still do it.
“What everyone is saying is I look better than I did 10 years ago,” he said. “I’m 48 years old, and I look better than I did when I was fighting at 38. That is a testament to the life I’m living now.”
“I want the kids to see the guy that became a world champion, not the guy resting on his laurels, laying around, taking it easy,” he said of his reasons to take the fight with Ortiz. “Until I started training and getting back into shape, I didn’t realize the choices I started making where, ah, I can take it easy here, I can take it easy there, and I don’t like living that way.
“I’ve been more energized, more alive since I started training for this fight than I have in the last eight years. I want them to see their dad in this way. I want them to see the work ethic I have, how hard I work and the results you get from doing that.”
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