UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (21-9) has finally retired….. again… from professional mixed martial arts competition.
“I’m officially retired right now,” Liddell told TMZ Sports recently. “For now [smiles].”
“The Iceman,” who turned 50-years-old in December, fought his final MMA bout in December 2018 under the Golden Boy Promotions MMA label. Liddell would be finished in the first round, a loss to Tito Ortiz in the duo’s trilogy bout. Liddell won the first two contests more than a decade ago under the UFC banner.
“Of course,” Liddell said when asked about interest in the WWE. “I’d still do WWE, I’d still do pro wrestling. That would be a lot of fun, actually. I’d like that. . . I’m impressed by the stuff that those guys do. They do some crazy stuff.”
In his final bout with the UFC, Liddell faced Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Franklin connected with a counter right hook, knocking Liddell unconscious with five seconds remaining in the first round.
Liddell decided to end his fighting career on December 29, 2010. Following his first retirement, Liddell worked for the UFC as the Executive Vice President of Business Development but was let go when WME-IMG acquired the UFC in 2016. On July 10, 2009, Chuck Liddell was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.