UFC legend Chuck Liddell has been the subject of much speculation recently, with rumors suggesting that he might be considering a comeback at the age of 47.
Asked by TMZ whether he was looking to strap his gloves back on, ‘The Iceman’ didn’t rule it out, saying, “We’ll see.”
It’s now been seven years since Liddell retired after suffering a knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in 2010.
UFC president Dana White had wanted his friend to retire prior earlier than that after Liddell suffered back-to-back knockout defeats against Rashad Evans and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, but the star managed to convince his former manager to give him one more chance to prove himself.
After being stopped late in the first round even Liddell had to accept that his time was up and he’d move on to take a job behind-the-scenes with the UFC.
Everybody assumed that would be the last we’d see of the former light-heavyweight champion in the cage, but when the UFC’s new owners WME-IMG took the reigns one of the first things they did was remove former fighters like Liddell and Matt Hughes from the payroll.
It’s probably no coincidence that the two aging stars are now suddenly both contemplating a return to fighting, with Bellator rumored to be the most likely landing spot for them.