Liddell: I didn’t want to retire, but it was right decision

Friday, May 31, 2013

With the retirement of Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, and others, an entire generation of fighters is almost gone.

At a recent fan Q&A session in Brazil Liddell, now UFC executive vice president of business development, discussed how hard it is to retire, and that it was the right decision.

“I talked to my family, my coaches, and then I went to Dana,” said Liddell said. “I talked to Dana. Dana and I actually went to dinner, and he thought I was going to ask him to fight again. I came to dinner, and I said, ‘You know what? I’m done.’ He was relieved.”

“Obviously he had made comments that he didn’t want me to fight again. He was relieved, and then I asked him to just hold off for about three months and give me some time to get adjusted to it before I have to talk to people about it because it was a hard decision for me.

“I love fighting, and I didn’t want to stop, but it was the right decision at the time between my coaches and my family.”

There appears to be only one thing left that would bring Liddell back in the cage.

“I’d always like to hit Tito,” Liddell joked. “That would always be fun, so that’s a possibility, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

“I think I made the right decision in retiring. Unless something changes, I’ll stay retired.”

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