A true pioneer in the world of MMA, Chuck Liddell has been fighting professionally since 1998. The UFC Hall of Famer, who holds the record for the most knockouts (10) in UFC Light Heavyweight history, may finally be done with the sport.
“I’m officially retired right now. For now,” the 50-year-old Liddell told TMZ Sports.
A former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Liddell (21-9) ends his career on a four-fight losing streak. He was absent from the sport for a while following a knockout loss against Rich Franklin back at UFC 115 in 2010. He returned for one last bout against Tito Ortiz back in 2018. In a highly-scrutinized contest that was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Ortiz knockout out Liddell in the first round.
As far as what is next for Liddell? He has some interest in entering the pro wrestling world. Liddell is hoping to get in touch with WWE.
“Of course, I’d still do WWE, I’d still do pro wrestling,” Liddell went on to say. “That’d be a lot of fun, I’d actually like that. I don’t think The Rock’s still there, I haven’t been really following WWE a lot. He’s always fun to do something with… I’m impressed by the stuff those guys do. They do some crazy stuff on those ropes.”
Liddell wouldn’t be the first fighter to make the transition from MMA to pro wrestling. He would join the likes of Ronda Rousey, Dan Severn, Cain Velasquez, Tom Lawlor, Matt Riddle and Ken Shamrock. Just recently, his rival Tito Ortiz was seen training at the WWE Performance Center. It is unknown just how involved Ortiz, who has worked in pro wrestling before, will be with WWE if the opportunity arises.