Liddell training for comeback, even in ‘Big Brother’ house
UFC president Dana White gave his friend and league Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell a no-show desk job in return for retiring. It followed three KO losses for the once seemingly indestructible ‘Iceman’. However, when WME-IMG bought the UFC, they cut costs. Among the many things to go were White’s use of a corporate jet, and a number of personnel including Liddell and fellow Hall of Famer Matt Hughes.
Despite that fact that there were concerns about Liddell’s health in 2010, the fighter is considering a comeback. He was a recent cast member on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ and although he was first out, he trained through the filming. If he returns, it is widely believed it will be for Bellator MMA.
However, the idea was first floated last April, and nothing has been booked. But neither is the idea over.
“It’s still a possibility, for sure,” said Liddell to TMZ, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “So I didn’t want to get too far out of shape. I was in there boxing the whole time. There’s a lot of stuff that they didn’t show but I was just having a good time in there and staying in shape. I’m staying ready.”
“I’ve said it before in the news, Chael would be a good warmup fight to get back into it. Tito would be great if he’d even consider fighting me. I hear he wouldn’t. He doesn’t want to fight me at all. He’ll fight other people but not me, of course.”
“It depends on who they offer. I’m down for just about anything.”
Ortiz appears to finally be fully retired. Sonnen is in Bellator’s 2018 Heavyweight Grand Prix, and made it out of the first round with a win over ‘Rampage’ Jackson at Bellator 192. Still, Bellator has a sort of legends roster, and if Liddell commits to a return, doubtless a like opponent could be found. The advisability of Liddell fighting at 48, and not sounding right, is, of course, another matter.