Liddell Un-Retires, Wants Ortiz Trilogy
After multiple years of a teased comeback, Chuck Liddell announced on Monday that he his no longer retired. The former UFC light heavyweight champion announced on the MMA Hour that he would be returning to fighting, and angling for a fight with Tito Ortiz for Oscar De La Hoya’s new MMA project.
I will fight again,” Liddell declared.
“It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.”
Per the interview with Ariel Helwani, Liddell’s return/ Golden Boy’s MMA debut is happening in November in either California or Las Vegas. Liddell also told The MMA Hour that “it does not hinge on Tito’s participation.”
“I miss it. I never stopped missing it. And I kinda hadn’t really thought about it much. And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, ‘You know what, what if he pulls out? Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all of this and not fight?’ Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn’t work out with him, I’m [still] going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else, one of the guys from my past probably, most likely, and we’ll see where I’m at.”
Liddell’s long time friend and former agent/boss, Dana White, has been public in his opposition for a Liddell comeback. White doesn’t want his old friend to cause longterm issues with his health, but Liddell is unworries about White’s opinions.
“With all due respect, yeah, leave it alone. Leave me alone,” Liddell said. “You promised something to me for a long time and it’s gone. But it’s not even that. I want to fight. I miss everything. Everyone always asks me, ‘Hey man, this must be a lot better than fighting?’ No, no, I still — that was my favorite thing. My wife asks me, ‘How do you like doing that?’ My wife asks me that all the time. I still miss it. I miss everything. I miss cutting weight. I miss everything that goes with it, everything, the good, the bad. It’s all of it. I mean, I miss hanging out the gym, going and working out every day. It’s fun to me.
“It’s [White’s] opinion. It’s how he feels, and that’s okay with me. You’re entitled to your opinion and what you think. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. If I can’t fight, if I don’t feel like I can perform or go out there and perform, I wouldn’t. But I feel like I can still perform, especially enough to beat Tito, so I’ll be ready.”
Liddell explained that its his own decision, and no one is making Dana watch it.
“I respect that, and you know what, it doesn’t bother me,” LIddell said. “There’s plenty of people telling me, ‘Please stay. You’re doing this, you’re doing that. Please stay.’ And yeah, hey, if you don’t like it, don’t watch. It’s okay. If you don’t like it, don’t watch. Go watch the old films of me, it’s okay. It’s okay with me.
“I always say I’m blessed for how well I feel for being 48 and fighting for about 20 years.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting