Chuck Liddell was taken to hospital immediately after his knockout loss to Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC 115 and so there’s no confirmation yet, but the signs are that this will indeed be the last time we’ll see him fight in the octagon.
At the conclusion of the pay-per-view event Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg appeared to be in agreement that this should be the last time he fights. Later in the post-fight press conference Dana White agreed that it was time for Liddell to retire, adding that he hoped the fighter felt the same way.
White, like most others who have watched Liddell’s recent fights, sees that the former champion’s achilles heel is now his chin.
“I’ll be the first one to say he does not have the chin he used to have. I’ve been around fighters my whole life – you could have hit Chuck in a face with that pole over there, and you wouldn’t knock him out. If you look at some of his earlier fights and some of the shots that he used to get hit with, they would have knocked any other fighter out.”
“He had an incredible chin, and listen – we all turn 40. We all get old. Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball (player). It happens to everybody.”
The only word from Liddell after the fight has so far come from his friend Jay Glazer who posted the following updates on twitter.
“At the hospital, obviously very disappointed. Really didn’t want to let his fans down. Bummed.”
“At hospital w him now. He’s ok folks. Thanks for asking. Bummed”