Liddell: Maybe it might be time to retire

by Michael Rand | source: startribune.com
 

Michael Rand: Tell me more about this charitable work you are doing -- how did you get involved with this?

Chuck LiddellThey came to me and asked me to do it. I've never done anything quite like that, but my hair grows back pretty quick. ... We just did it [Monday morning]. I'm walking around, and it looks funny to me. It's going to take a little time to get used to. But it's for a good cause, so it's a good thing to do.

MR: You're almost exactly the same age as a certain quarterback playing for the Vikings. There have been a lot of questions about your future. You have stated you are still deciding whether to compete. What factors will go into that decision?

CL: It's about how I feel and if I want to go back and make a run at a title and how far away that would be. And whatever I think is left in the tank. I've been doing PR stuff for the last couple months, and I'll finally be home for the month. I'll probably decide sometime in September, when I have time to relax.

MR: You won 20 of your first 23 career MMA bouts. Since 2007, though, the tables have turned with five losses in six bouts. Is there a part of you that feels like there's something to prove?

CL:  I don't feel like there's anything left to prove. I still love fighting, but there's a lot that goes into it. Maybe it might be time. I'm just not sure yet.

MR:  Have you had time to reflect on your career -- the overall arc, the rise of UFC and mixed martial arts in general -- and if so what does that flashback look like?

CL: You know, I've enjoyed the ride. No matter what, I've had a good time. I never expected it, but I've gotten paid a lot to do what I love. There are no complaints.

MR: The Canadian Medical Association recently voted to seek a ban on mixed martial arts in that country. What are your thoughts on that development and the overall issue of safety in MMA?

CL: It makes no sense to start banning it. Are they trying to ban boxing, too? No. Then it makes absolutely no sense to anyone. When it comes to damage, boxing will cause more damage than MMA ever will. I would love to see what the statistics are and what their reasoning is for MMA being banned as opposed to boxing. It's ridiculous.

MR: "Dancing with the Stars" is the new big crossover move for athletes, it seems. Did you ever imagine you would take that step as you did in 2009?

CL I didn't think I would. But I was taking time off at the time, and it seemed like a good way to get to a demographic that we didn't have. I wanted to show that we're not just Neanderthals beating each other up. We have jobs, we work hard and we're normal people. That was my goal with the show, and I had a good time with it.

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stlnl2 site profile image  

9/6/10 3:28 PM by stlnl2

Bullshit. Tito has not landed anything CLOSE to the sorts of shots that have put Chuck out. Everyone dogs on Chuck's chin, and it isnt what it was, but fact is, he used to never get hit flush on the jaw like he does now, and the punches that have put him out, were all Monster shots, the sorts of punches Tito has never thrown against anyone, ever his whole career. Bonnar is more dangerous than Tito to chuck. Tito will get whooped by chuck, not because Tito isnt still good, I think he is, but Chuck in the style match, has his number, every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

32Hunter site profile image  

9/6/10 3:07 PM by 32Hunter

yes it would.  

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

9/6/10 2:57 PM by RyannVonDoom

 Yes. And that would be fucking awesome to watch. 

frontrowbrian site profile image  

9/6/10 2:45 PM by frontrowbrian

 Mirko would hurt him. Mirko's not the same but his chin is still in tact. He took some incredible shots from JDS and lasted into the 3rd. Mirko would KO Chuck within 1 round

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

9/6/10 2:42 PM by RyannVonDoom

 Mirko vs Chuck should be made! Chuck always called out Mirko.. let them face off for their final fights. 

frontrowbrian site profile image  

9/6/10 2:37 PM by frontrowbrian

 Keith Jardine and Stephan Bonnar are the only "safe" opponents with some name value for Chuck to fight. Tito is too tough despite recovering from a LIFE  threatening cracked skull injury

frontrowbrian site profile image  

9/6/10 2:34 PM by frontrowbrian

 Why does everyone think Tito is such an easy fight? Tito got some good shots in during R2 of their UFC 66 bout. The kind of shots that Chuck was able to walk through back then but gets KTFO by now. Tito's not what he once was but he's still very tough despite all the ridiculous excuses he throws out there.

Son of Neckbone site profile image  

9/6/10 2:30 PM by Son of Neckbone

Chuck looked good in his last outing, despite the outcome.If he wants to stick around tho, he needs to take the Matt Hughes route and fight less dangerous opponents than Rua, Franklin, Evans, etc.Everyone dogs him for losing fights, but he has consistently faced top shelf competition when some of those opponents are just beyond him. +1 for a final Tito ass kicking retirement match.

Kalin Johnston site profile image  

9/6/10 12:55 PM by Kalin Johnston

It's sad to see someone have to give up doing what they love most.