After two consecutive losses at the age of 37 and a shot at regaining his UFC Light Heavyweight title now out of reach at least for the near future, one would have to expect that Chuck Liddell would be asked “the question” at some point, right?
Well Liddell was asked about it during the UFC 76 post-fight press conference and for the first time in his career, Liddell admitted that he was going to consider retirement:
Liddell was asked if the bout with Jardine was his last. The 38 year old answered, “I don’t know. I’ll think about it.”
It’s not 100% that Liddell is going to retire. He’s just thinking about it. However UFC President Dana White stated that he spoke with Liddell after the fight and that he wouldn’t be surprised if Liddell stepped away from the sport:
White went on to discuss Liddell’s last two performances in the Octagon with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports and how it seems that Chuck isn’t the same anymore. White also gave some good advice to Liddell in terms of how he should do the right thing for him, and not the UFC:
“At the end of the day, we have so many talented fighters in the UFC that we’ll be fine,” White said. “We’re not a one-trick pony, that’s for sure. Chuck is always going to be a part of the UFC, whether he’s fighting or not, but we’re definitely not going to be in any kind of trouble if he quits.
“He needs to do what’s right for him and not worry about us. This isn’t the kind of sport you can be in half-heartedly. If you don’t have the passion for it, it’s time to get out. Only Chuck really knows how he feels, but you wonder because he hasn’t looked the same, fire-wise, in either of these last two fights.”
If Liddell does decide to retire, it would subtract yet another pre-TUF veteran from the roster. I wouldn’t believe that he would stay retired forever though, just look at Randy.