Liddell Non-Committal To Retirement
Chuck Liddel’s first fight in eight years ended the same as his last in 2010, with Liddel knocked out by his opponent.
On Saturday night, Liddell looked to bounce back by defeating Tito Ortiz for the third time in as many fights, but the 48-year old would not last long as Ortiz would land a solid shot to bring down the UFC Hall of Famer.
When asked about if this as the end of his career or not, Liddell told reporters that: “I don’t want to think about that right now.”
“I mean, I’m not in the right state of mind to really talk about whether or not I’m done or not. But I felt good out there and I had fun, so we’ll see.”
“I loved being in there,” Liddell said of his first fight since a 2010 knockout loss to Rich Franklin. “You’ve got to understand, I love fighting. I don’t do this for money. I never did this for money or fame. That’s not why I started. I did this because I love being out there, I love fighting, so I was at home in there. I was ready to go. I wish I’d done a few things different, obviously, but it happens.
“I was kinda gonna slow play him, just make sure he didn’t get any confidence, get a cheap takedown, but I should’ve fought the way I normally do. I don’t care if you take me down, I’ll get back up. And I should’ve came at him with a fast pace. I was kinda back and forth between hanging back and moving fast. I went with the ‘hang back,’ kinda get it going and figure out what he’s doing, and I should’ve gone after him fast. But then again, would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. Would it have changed the outcome? Who knows, so whatever.”
Ortiz would set up for victory with a shot that sent Liddell into the cage, then would drop the “Iceman” with a right hand and finish with a few shots on the ground with less than a minute remaining in the first round. While the knockout looked nasty, Liddell would downplay it and claim he was fine.
“I feel great right now,” Liddell said. “I mean, I’m fine. I don’t feel bad. I don’t think it was a bad knockout. I was able to answer all of the questions in the corner right away when they came up and asked me, ‘Where do you live? Where are we?’ All of the questions, I was able to answer them all right away, so I’m fine.”
“The one takeaway I have from this is that I will definitely be in a training camp again,” Liddell said.
“I don’t know if it’ll be for me or for someone else, but I miss being in the gym and getting ready for a fight, or getting someone else ready for a fight. So I will now be more involved in training guys — at least training guys if not fighting, but for sure training guys.”
Quotes Via MMA Fighting