As a long time friend of legendary fighter Chuck Liddell who essentially strong-armed him into retirement back in 2010, UFC President Dana White has made it clear he’s not in favor of recent rumors that ‘The Iceman’ is on the verge of a comeback.
The latest word is that boxing hall-of-famer Oscar De La Hoya is in the process of trying to line-up a fourth fight between Liddell and his old rival Tito Ortiz, but that’s not something White wants to see.
“I get it,” White told the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “Everybody sees whats going on, everybody wants a piece, and I hope that’s the case. What I do hope is that he is partnering up with Chuck Liddell and they are going to be partners other than have Chuck Liddell come in and fight.
“If they are going to partner up in the MMA business, nothing will make me happier. That is awesome and I would love to hear if that is true for Chuck. If he plans on kicking off his MMA program with Chuck fighting, that would not be good and really, really bum me out. Chuck Liddell is almost 50 years old, he doesn’t need to be fighting.”
By the sounds of things, White needs to prepare himself for the worst as De La Hoya seems upbeat about the chances of the fight happening.
“We’re finalizing contracts, getting everything rolling,” De La Hoya told TMZ Sports earlier this week. “I’m excited. I’ve been talking to Chuck and Tito. They have a crazy history among both of them. Both guys are beasts. If they want to fight each other, I’m ready.”