With UFC 219 still in need of that ‘big announcement’ that never happened, an old legend from the golden years has offered his services…
Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has spoken a lot about coming back to MMA recently. Although he’s been out of action for seven years and is now 47 years old, ‘The Iceman’ was never happy with how his career ended.
Before 2007, Liddell had never even tasted consecutive defeats. Having avenged all but one of his three losses to that point, Liddell would go on to lose two straight at UFC 71 and UFC 76.
By December of 2007, Liddell was looking down the barrel of three straight defeats. Competing in arguably the most exciting contest of his career, ‘The Iceman’ proved his chin was still good, defeating Wanderlei Silva in a thrilling three-rounder.
This was to be Liddell’s last great night in the octagon, as three harrowing losses would follow. Tasting knockout losses to Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua and Rich Franklin, Liddell’s fighting days were done.
Talk of Comeback
Teasing the MMA world with photos on social media, it appeared Liddell was in fight shape again this year. Having been let go from his office job when WME took over the UFC, Liddell was a free agent for the first time since 1998.
Although he still hasn’t come back to MMA, the talk of his rekindled love for competition has been frequent lately. Liddell has been linked to a debut for Bellator, specifically Chael Sonnen, and now has spoken about even headlining UFC 219.
Check out the interview transcript below:
Could It Be?
Props to MMAFighting.com for the transcript, Liddell dropped the dime on a potential MMA or even UFC return. During a conversation on MMA Tonight, ‘The Iceman’ said something crazy would have to be offered:
“I’ve thought about it but everyone’s gonna have to keep wondering. I’m not sure yet, so we’ll see. . .
“I’m healthy. It would probably take more than [a month] to set it up, but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see. I mean, it depends on what gets offered. If someone offers me something crazy, I could fight tomorrow, but it just depends.”
Read on below for Liddell’s offer to fight at UFC 219…
Liddell went on to claim that Sonnen, who previously accused Liddell of turning down a fight with him, is fabricating these tales:
“That’s not true. I’ve never been offered a fight and I definitely never been offered to fight him. He doesn’t worry about the truth too much with his trash-talking. He’s not afraid to be liberal with his facts.”
When talking about Nate Diaz demanding 15 million for his rumored return at UFC 219, Liddell said he would take on Diaz and Tyron Woodley on the night for that kind of cash:
“For $15 million I’ll get in there and fight them both!”