Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell was urged to retire by UFC president Dana White after his last loss, but White in the end relented and offered him one more shot - as long as he would agree to cut out his partying and nightclubbing and get serious about training.
Fighters Only spoke to the UFC president yesterday and asked if a loss this weekend against Rich Franklin will mean the end of the road of Liddell, the former light-heavyweight champion.
“Yes, and I think he will say the same thing. But let me tell you what the difference is - the difference before, when I wanted him retired, was that he wasn’t doing the right thing. He was out partying every night and doing the wrong thing not the right thing. He wasn’t living the life of a professional athlete."
“He and I sat down and talked and I will tell you what, he has kept his word. He has been phenomenal shape since the beginning of The Ultimate Fighter and it will be interesting to see how he does. Because Rick Franklin is tough, he is no joke. He had that war with Dan Henderson that many people believe he won, he had the war with Wanderlei Silva - he has fought all the best in the world.”
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BUT, if Liddell wins...
"You know what I was thinking about doing, I was thinking about it could possibly him and Forrest too. So the winner of Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell could fight Forrest Griffin."
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