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Trainer John Hackleman: Chuck Liddell has "more than one fight left in him"

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Dana White's message to Chuck Liddell was clear before UFC 97: Don't just win, but bring it again. Following "The Iceman's" first-round TKO loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, White was adamant that one of the most storied and famous careers in mixed martial arts has ended.

Or has it?

John Hackleman, Liddell's longtime trainer and close friend, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) – with confidence – that Liddell isn't done yet. Liddell has one more fight on his UFC contract, but Hackleman hinted that the fighter would explore competing elsewhere if White keeps the door closed.












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Post #1   5/4/09 4:31:04PM   

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I think chuck probably does have a few fights left in him.

The question is does he have a top 10 fight left in him?
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Post #2   5/4/09 4:49:57PM   

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Give him a shot at Carwin, THAT would be interesting. Speed would even out a bit.

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Posted by mrsmiley

I think chuck probably does have a few fights left in him.

The question is does he have a top 10 fight left in him?
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I think so, he was able to take it to Rashad until he started chasing, and Shogun is just a monster. I don't think Chuck can beat the top strikers but I'd love to see him get a win against a guy like Coleman and then leave on a superfight like Forrest.

Post #4   5/4/09 4:58:39PM   

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I knew Dana wasn't speaking for Chuck. Knew it all along. If Chuck wants one more fight, give it to him, and let him get it over with, win or lose. Dragging it out will solve nothing.

Post #5   5/4/09 5:05:38PM   

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ya with elvis sinosic and akira shoji

Post #6   5/4/09 5:16:39PM   

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chuck needs confidence back give him so lower tier fighters to knock out a couple wins under his belt than a top 10 foe he should be fine
or shave some of that flab dude and drop to middleweight rematch against wanderli

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Im glad Chucks not being bullied into retirement by Dana. If he wants to keep fighting, but Dana doesnt want him fighting in the UFC, im sure he could pick up mega bucks fighting for affliction. I wouldnt be remotely suprised to see Chuck vs Fedor sometime within the next 2 years if Dana is really going to stand by his word and not let Chuck fight for the ufc anymore. It would also make Chuck vs Tito 4 a big possibility. Its a fight that really has 0 implications, but id love to see Chuck beat on Titos melon head one more time and go out with a W.

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there is now way that Dana would ever let his most popular fighter fight for another organization.....If Chuck still want's to fight i guarentee it will be in the UFC........Dana will have to eat his own words....I would be very suprised if he lets Chuck go.....

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i say give him his rematch with jardine. and then maybe a fight with forrest, that would be a huge fight in vegas. bad idea fighting carwin, he would destroy chuck with ground and pound. and please chuck fans don't tell me chuck would out wrestle or knock carwin out, because it won't happen with a guy that talented and that damn big......flame away!!!

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Why shouldn't Dana want Chuck to quit? Personally I think it's rather admirable he doesn't want him to get hurt. The KOs are going to start adding up. I think MMA will do a lot better in the long run if fighters don't hold on to the embers of their careers and end up getting hurt or being "punchy".

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Denial.
1. Even if Liddell wanted to fight in another organization, be prepared for one more fight... in court a la Randy Couture.
2. Should Liddell win contractual freedom, he will be most likely then be pushing 41. I know I would not even pay $5 to see Liddell completely ruined by Fedor and an organization would have to pay me to watch another Liddlell/Ortiz bout.

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Posted by three_days_of_grey
2. Should Liddell win contractual freedom, he will be most likely then be pushing 41. I know I would not even pay $5 to see Liddell completely ruined by Fedor and an organization would have to pay me to watch another Liddlell/Ortiz bout.

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I think he should go up to heavyweight, because as hes got older hes slowed down and would be able to keep up with the guys at heavyweight, because all these young guys at 205 like rashad and jackson are just too fast for him,

thats what randy did and he managed to win a title so who knows, i just hink hes one of the most enjoyable fighters to watch and id like too see him fight anyone but he could definatly make a good go at heavyweight i think.

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Why is every one a liddell nuthugger? yes the man is a legend and was a beast WHEN he was in his prime (keyword: When). If you look at his last couple of fights youll notice that he hasnt Finished a guy since Tito in 2006 (ufc 66) And he has lost 4 out 5 of his last fights, 3 do to knockouts. One of those knockouts by Rashad, who isnt even a top striker. If Dana lets Liddell fight he'd let a legend drag his name through the mud and make a mockery out of the UFC.

PS Liddell would get destroyed by fedor 1st round.
PSS Coleman Vs liddell -- UFC 105 " Attack Of The Hasbeens"

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