Chuck Liddell has been asked many times over the past few years about retiring, both before and after he finally decided to hang up his gloves, but he’s never spoken as candidly about it as he does in a new video interview from Barfly.
Talking to a New York Sportswriter and Ed O’Neill (aka Al Bundy from ‘Married With Children’), Liddell reveals that he quit afer beginning to fear for his own safety.
Liddell says he wasn’t concerned the first few times he was KO’d in the Octagon, but the fact that it kept happening began to play on his mind.
“Now I’m worried about it, that’s why I’m not doing it anymore. If I’m worried about it I wouldn’t go out there,” he says.
In the end his final KO loss against Rich Franklin last year was the one that really hit home with him on more than just a physical level.
“I made other excuses – maybe I wasn’t training as hard, maybe I was doing this wrong, but I did everything right for that fight [with Franklin]. I made the decision because of that.”
Even though he knew then that it was time to call it a day, he says he still struggled to come to terms with it.
“As a fighter, sooner or later you’re going to have to retire, but it’s a tough thing. It’s the hardest thing in the world for me was to accept…I waited three months after I decided to tell anybody because I didn’t want to have to deal with talking and explaining it, because it was hard, it was all I’ve ever done.”
Watch the full interview below which includes his thoughts on other combat sports veterans who are on the road to retirement like Shane Mosley and Randy Couture.