At the age of 40, and having lost four of his last five fights, many people, including Dana White, believe that it’s time for Chuck Liddell to retire.
The former multiple time light-heavyweight champion and UFC hall of famer has other ideas however.
“I would like another fight and then I want another fight after,” he told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “Hopefully, Dana’s happy with my two wins and I get a shot at a contender and then a shot at a title. That’s four fights and that’s about as far forward as I’ve thought.”
It’s a bold plan considering his recent octagon outings, the last of which ended with a KO at the hands of current No.1 contender Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in April of 2009.
It’s also an outlook that’s likely to be met less than enthusiastically by Dana White who stated at the UFC 107 post-fight press conference that, “I would like to see him hang it up after the Tito fight. That’s my plan: He does one fight and then he retires – win, lose or draw.”
It’s not something that Liddell appears worried about, accepting that, “I’ll keep arguing and he will keep arguing with me. I just have to show him that I can perform.”
The good news for Liddell is that his upcoming fight with Tito Ortiz, which will be the culmination of their stint as coaches in the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, could be the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.
He already holds two convincing wins over Ortiz, and though Liddell’s form has dipped since their last fight, Ortiz’s has too, and he looked less than impressive in his own return to the octagon at UFC 106 in November.
With just one fight left on his contract though, a loss to Ortiz would make it doubly difficult for Liddell to convince White that he should be given a new contract.
As an added bonus, here’s a brief video interview with Liddell, courtesy of Fight! Magazine: