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  1. Default Dana White on Chuck Liddell - "If he still wants to fight, he can fight"

    Dana White on Chuck Liddell: "If he still wants to fight, he can fight" |

    LAS VEGAS – Chuck Liddell's career as a mixed martial arts fighter isn't definitively over. Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White left the door open a crack on Thursday for the former light heavyweight champion to compete once more.

    A minor controversy developed after Liddell's knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97 in Montreal on April 18. White said at the postfight news conference that the 39-year-old Liddell, who has lost four of his last five, would retire and be given an office job with the UFC.

    At that same news conference, Liddell was not nearly as definitive, only going so far as to say he "probably" would not fight again. But Liddell's trainer, John Hackleman, said later that it isn't White's call and that Liddell had not made up his mind whether he'd fight again. Hackleman said White was pressuring Liddell to quit, but he said Liddell was mulling his options.

    On Thursday at the MGM Grand, following the prefight news conference for UFC 98, White wouldn't entirely rule out the possibility of Liddell fighting again.

    He said "there are no rumblings" that Liddell may fight once more and placed the blame for the speculation on Hackleman. But when prodded with the fact that Liddell himself said he's still mulling his future, White backed off slightly.

    "Trust me when I tell you, he's ready to retire," White said. "He's ready to retire. It's the reason we love Chuck Liddell. He has nothing left to prove. He's got a [expletive] load of money. He's been a world champion. He's beaten a who's who of mixed martial arts fighters. He's the most famous guy in the sport. There's no reason to fight. He's 40 years old, man. He and I had an agreement. We had a deal.

    "Am I his father? Can I tell him not to fight? Absolutely not. If he still wants to fight, he can fight. I'm not saying, 'It will never happen. It will never happen.' But he made a deal with me. He's never not listened to me. We'll see what happens."

    White could block Liddell from fighting in the UFC by simply refusing to book him. If he did that and Liddell decided he wanted to fight, that could create a ticklish situation of Liddell having to look for a fight outside of the UFC.

    White is Liddell's former manager and the two are close friends. When asked if he'd stand in the way of Liddell fighting outside the UFC if Liddell opted to fight, White hedged.

    "I don't know, man," he said, grimacing. "I'm honestly telling you guys I can not see him coming back to me and saying, ‘I want to fight one more.' We already did that. I can't see it happening. I think there are a lot of people around him who need his money putting pressure on him. That's what I think."

    Liddell could not be reached for comment on Thursday.


    White said he expects MMA to be legalized in Ontario and that once it is, the UFC will hold an event in Toronto. He said he expects to hold a show in Ontario in 2010.

    "We're coming next year," White said. "I'm very confident we're going to be there next year. There's no reason we shouldn't be. We've put on two successful events in Montreal. We've been putting on successful events for almost 10 years now. There's no reason why we shouldn't be in Ontario.

    "We know what a big market it is. We know the economic impact it will have on that [province]. It's ridiculous. We're going to get in there. It's all talk now. But other than a boring main event, I don't think there's anything up in Montreal that they saw that would keep us out of Ontario."

    Although there had been talk that the UFC would stage its annual late December card in Toronto instead of in Las Vegas this year, White put the damper on that.

    "I don't think we'll be there in December," White said. "But we will be there next year."


    If Lyoto Machida defeats Rashad Evans on Saturday to win the light heavyweight title, it would create the eventual possibility that he and his close friend, middleweight champion Anderson Silva, would be ranked 1-2 in the pound-for-pound rankings and 1-2 in the light heavyweight division.

    Silva still holds the UFC's middleweight belt but is fighting occasionally at light heavyweight and may make the fulltime move there before long.

    Machida and his manager, Ed Soares (who is also Silva's manager), ruled out the possibility of a fight between the two because of their friendship. Soares said it would take $100 million for them to fight.

    White, though, grinned and said if that situation arose, Machida and Silva would fight.

    "Trust me: This is the fight business," White said. "You know what you do in the fight business? You fight guys. You find out who's the best. I don't ever worry about guys saying they won't fight. Everybody [who should fight] will wind up fighting in the end."
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    May 2007


    i really don't care if chuck wants to fight again but who the hell is he going to fight now???
    matt hamil?does chuck really want a gatekeeper fight?

    dana please don't tell me i'm going to have to listen to you say machida is beter p4p then fedor
    Any HW that signs with the ufc is ducking the best in the world,he goes by the name

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    Apr 2007
    So Cal


    Great find, mark my words Chuck Liddell is not done fighting.

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    Jun 2006


    But at this point, who does Chuck fight? Does he fight a decent mid-carder to just go out with a win? Does Dana give Chuck a contender? If Chuck wants to fight, which he more than likely does, the bigger question is who and why that person. Does Dana promote Chuck as a legend on his way out, as a contender or does Dana put Chuck in a "dream fight" that really has no bearing on contending for a title?


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    Luiz Cane??????????????????

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    Nov 2006


    If Wanderlei gets knocked out by Franklin, Chuck \ Wandy II?

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    tough topic for me.
    I agree that Chuck should stop. he's on his way to being punchy already (though somehow people still argue that, as ridiculous as that is) and he's been knocked hard for 4 of the last 5 fights. two of which were clear knockouts.


    Dana White has no business making that decision, or condescending enough to speak like he does about the subject. It's a great example of just how fucking blown up Dana's huge head has gotten.

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    Sep 2007


    Maybe chuck still has something to prove to himself ??

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    Feb 2009


    Chuck Liddell vs Jon Jones

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    i would want to see Chuck go against Wand and Arona before he retires.

    Ontario? Damn if they want to go make money and become even more popular than go to fucking BRAZIL!

    I don't think Dana should be pushing for a fight between Anderson and Lyoto.. He knows they are both friends and Anderson even said he wouldn't go up to 205 cuz the title was Lyoto to take. Anderson already said he wants to get done with his contract so he could retire and leave. He wants to boxe and he wants to fight Fedor so i see no problem in him leaving.. And if Dana keeps pushing for the 2 to fight, it wont look good for his 2 best fighters and friends. Lyoto would have no problem going to Dream, Affliction or Strikeforce to fight after he beats Rashad. He would walk away with the title just like Bustamante did.
    Why can't dana make a Anderson vs GSP, Anderson vs Rampage or Lyoto vs Lesnar like he said he would want... why does he have to push people and their friendship? Stop being so stupid Dana.

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