Chuck Liddell Ponders Retirement (Story from Yahoo! Sports)

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CwB
9/24/07 1:47:45AM
UFC president Dana White said Sunday that after a lengthy conversation with The Iceman Chuck Liddell Saturday, he would not be surprised if Liddell retires from mixed martial arts competition.

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mikevolz
9/24/07 2:05:07AM
he'll pursue a career in broadcasting...
nastshabast
9/24/07 2:05:43AM
i'm willing to put money down saying that if chuck retires it is strictly a publicity stunt and he'll be back in a year and a half or two
Furious_George
9/24/07 3:04:53AM
I agree.
Sam_Rothstein
9/24/07 3:17:31AM
it is sad to see some of the former greats retire


maybe its for the best though, not everyone can fight untill they are randy couture or bernard hopkins age
MixedMartialArts
9/24/07 4:04:58AM
Let him fight Wand...It's not like Keith knocked him out or anything...It was a close fight, he still has a few left
Svartorm
9/24/07 4:14:54AM
I think this is like Mayweather retiring. He'll say it, Wandy will fight, and if Wandy wins he say he wants to go out on a high note and fight Wandy.
grappler0000
9/24/07 6:36:32AM
I'm sure that is the honest feeling he is having right now. He is probably having a hard time coping. After a few days, he may feel differently...but then again, maybe not.
ufcboss
9/24/07 7:25:25AM
I cant see a good reason (other than money) why chuck needed to beat Jardine to fight Silva, Now the matchup is near perfect, Both former legends, Both coming off 2 shock losses, Let em fight.
Chuck has seemingly lost his sping though and I could see wandy KO him.
Forrest for Rampage.
Henderson for A.Silva (Will KO R.Franklin at 77)
Bisping for Shogun
Joe for Penn

My thoughts any hoo
adamal
9/24/07 8:01:03AM

Posted by ufcboss

I cant see a good reason (other than money) why chuck needed to beat Jardine to fight Silva, Now the matchup is near perfect, Both former legends, Both coming off 2 shock losses, Let em fight.
Chuck has seemingly lost his sping though and I could see wandy KO him.
Forrest for Rampage.
Henderson for A.Silva (Will KO R.Franklin at 77)
Bisping for Shogun
Joe for Penn

My thoughts any hoo

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Couldn't agree more. I mean we as fans want to see the Chuck/Wandy fight no matter what has happened so I think that fight will generate a lot of buys anyway. I really hope they let them go at it I mean it's not like Silva is in the title picture anyway. This is a great fight and it would be a lot more fitting as Liddell's last even if it's a loss. No disrespect to Jardine but a future hall of famer like Chuck deserves to go out to another legend.

But I would love to see him go into broadcasting. Imagine this in 2 years Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture in the booth together! I loved the way they interacted on TUF 1 and think that would just be the most awesome thing ever.
silverbullet
9/24/07 10:22:53AM
Chuck should move up in weight and KO Randy again for the HW title
waylon_o
9/24/07 10:57:24AM
Chuck is a legend and easily one of my favorite fighters of all time. I hate to see him leave, but the guy can't fight forever. Best of luck to Liddell no matter what he chooses to do.
gamez0932
9/24/07 11:04:57AM
i think chuck should retire... its obvious that the 205 weight class is WAY deeper now then it was when he was champ, i dont think he can beat rampage, he's afraid of wanderlei, and even after shoguns loss i cant see him losing to the iceman...he's had a good career but its time for him to hang it up.
RMFG_187
9/24/07 12:04:41PM

Posted by sakusback7

He was never top tier fighter, don't know why it took so long for him to realize this. Should have fought a striker earlier.



i see u just started ur account so i wont rip on u too hard

but chuck was never a top tier fighter? hmmmm... hes beaten one of few to beat wandy, tito ortiz. hes beat the HW champ Randy couture, Renato Babalu twice, jeremy horn, and btw he mad MMA Legend/Veteran Jeremy horn QUIT!!!

in 5 years, besides the jardine fight he has never had a fight go the distance.

now dont get me wrong, im not sayin #1 all time. but DEFINATLY top 3 fighters in the LHW division and he is 100% gonna be in the hall of fame for the TOTAL DOMINATION he had over that division.

now if chuck retires, i agree, publicity stunt. there is no way a fighter of his caliber will quit cuza 2 loses, 1 ko, 1 close split disision. i dont care wat dana says he has GOTTA fight wandy. most anticipated fight beside randy/fedor.

Chucks gotta chill on the disision, seeing how the fight was a few days ago. give it a week, he'll be back in the gym trainin for the next fight. maybe shogun :)
ncordless
9/24/07 12:43:32PM

Posted by sakusback7

Sure, top #3 in the UFC HW division before Jackson came over. There were just about no strikers, and Jardine could have just as easily (not very easy) beaten Liddell a while ago. With all the Forrest worship, maybe he could have beaten Chuck too.

I was just saying not top tier in the entire MMA picture.




What a freaking loser you are. You have been repeatedly banned because of your idiotic posts and your attacks on all things not PRIDE... yet you continue to try and cheat the rules and come back when no one here wants you. You are unwelcome here. Every time you post the quality of this whole forum is brought down a little. You writing posts about mma makes everyone else who reads them a little dumber. I'd rather have a vasectomy without painkillers than read another of your posts on this forum

GO AWAY SAKU, and do not return.
rcg916
9/24/07 1:05:07PM

Posted by sakusback7

He was never top tier fighter, don't know why it took so long for him to realize this. Should have fought a striker earlier.



This is all I can muster for you at this moment...





and for good measure...

d_block07
9/24/07 1:16:21PM
m0nk3y
9/24/07 1:47:17PM
i think chuck's got plenty of fight left in him physically , couple losses just got him down mentally.
can't understand how some people can claim he's not a top tier fighter ... he was the champ , and he's fought some of the best in MMA , many of them great strikers.
i'd hate to see him retire.
SkaTroma
9/24/07 2:05:55PM
He needs to fight Wandy first to introduce him to UFC fans...then when Wandy KOs him...he can retire
DevMahon
9/24/07 2:31:39PM
I could see him retiring. . . and that's not a knock on Chuck at all. He's had a great, great career. He was champ for two years (not sure about that), he has had memorable wars. He doesn't need the money; if he no longer has the drive, he doesn't need to compete.

The other thing is, he's almost 38. Not everyone is Randy Couture. 38 is old for a professional athlete. Maybe his body just can't respond how it used to. I hope I'm wrong, that he comes back strong and great, but if he can't, he should retire now with dignity rather than try to force a couple of bad years on to a storied career.
punisher
9/24/07 2:42:15PM
chuck liddell just had a bad night and so did shogun they both possibly underestimated there opponet's and went in there like it was going ta be a walk in the park and both of them didnt train as hard as they used too they will come back and win trust me i know, and chuck should do is go train with silva,shogun,randy,matt,and dan at team quest and chuck should mix up his style a little bit and use more takedowns and kicks and more the kickboxing stance hes backkkk
wrona666
9/24/07 2:56:39PM
I do agree that Chuck is one of the best in the LHW division, but i think it would be a terrible mistake if he was to fight WAND at this point and time. If he is to keep fighting he is going to need a couple wins before he will have the confidence to even compete with wanderlei. If they were to fight after this match with Jardine wanderlei would destroy Chuck.
brutalbones
9/24/07 4:29:53PM

Posted by silverbullet

Chuck should move up in weight and KO Randy again for the HW title



Or get completely dominated like the first time they fought. Then there would be no hesitation in Liddell retiring.
rcg916
9/24/07 7:35:17PM

Posted by sakusback8

I admit it, I have multiple accounts, and have a trolling addiction that just cant be stopped. The only thing that will help me right now is an IP ban. Thank you.



Hey, at least youre being honest!
D0wnUnd6e6r
9/24/07 10:07:50PM
Not being a huge fan of the Iceman myself, I have a hard time believing that he'd retire right away. I meen yeah he lost to keith jardine but he didint look that bad in the fight, jardine was 10x more bloody. Plus i agree that he's physically able to go for alot more fights in mma, I'd accually be sad to see him go i think...
kellab1
9/24/07 10:26:54PM
If anything he should move down a weight division. He doesn't have the body type to be a heavyweight and he has fought as a middleweight before.
kellab1
9/24/07 10:46:55PM
Chuck should not retire and should not fight Wanderlai Silva. He needs to rejuvenate the way he fights. He fights with no strategy except to KO his opponents and as we have seen that is not working. He needs to attempt takedowns and ground and pound his opponents, he supposedly has a wrestling background. He needs to improve his mobility he looks very slow, and he needs to defend against leg kicks and body kicks. He could have easily grabbed Jardine leg and took him down to the canvas. And pounded his head until Jardine didn't know where he was. As Jardine said Chuck offers no suprises so his opponents know what's coming. That's so much easiler to defend against. And for God Sake put your hands up in front of your face and block punches with your hands and not your jaw. He is one dimensional and has failed to learnt from his mistakes. Unless he makes significant changes he will continue to lose.
jae_1833
9/25/07 1:39:18AM
C'mon guys 2 losses and off to the retirement home??!! Chuck owned LHW for years!! I am not even one of his fans but damn...I wouldn't want to see him leave without fighting at least 2 more guys...Wandy and Shogun. Wandy has 2 most recent losses as well, and Shogun just had as big a loss as Chuck did against Rampage. Worse in fact because he got wore out with striking for 2 1/2 rounds before getting tapped out with only 15 seconds to spare. That is a hard one to swallow. BTW is it just me or did both the Rua brothers seem a little out of shape recently...I mean really gassing out in the 2nd??!!
CwB
9/25/07 2:01:33AM
everyone is saying that wandy would desrtoy chuck right now and this might be true as chuck isnt looking like the old chuck...
but everyone is forgetting that wandy is coming off two knockouts and if chuck is gunshy then it is certainly possible that we might not see the old wandy either.
i say they both need atleast one fight before they face each other that way they can both get there heads back in the game...


p.s.
i think wandy has a better chance of coming back strong then chuck does and that means alot comming from me the biggest chuck fan on this website. and i pray that chuck is not past his prime and that he can become the old him once again but i dont know if that is possible.