UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell sits down with UFC FIGHT PASS correspondent Megan Olivi about his retirement, any regrets he might have in his fighting career and a quick preview of the Glover Teixeira – Jon Jones fight.
So How Hard Was It To Make The Decision To Retire?
“To make that decision for an athlete it is always tough, you know I have been doing something competitive since I was a kid. It’s different to not have something to train for anymore. I love fighting; I love being out there doing stuff.”
Are There Any Regrets You Have In The Time You Spent In The UFC?
“I don’t have any regrets, there are some things that I could have done differently, I think about something’s that well, I could have done this or that different, but it is what it is and I don’t dwell on those things. I was forty years old when I retired, so it’s not that bad. Nothing trumps how good of a life it was.”
Did You Expect The UFC To Get As Big As It Did?
“I always thought it could get here, I just thought it would have taken a lot longer than it did. It exploded after TUF 1 happened. Dana (White) said it before, it was a Trojan horse to get a live fight on TV and for people to realize how many fans we do have.”
What Was His Thoughts When He First Heard That Glover Teixeira Would Be Fighting Jon Jones?
“I was excited for him (Teixeira), he was ready for it, said Liddell. He loves fighting, he is great, he is truly happy fighting in the UFC and fighting for a living. He is much like me, he likes to come forward, he is like me, he hits really hard and he is dangerous. And if you shoot on him, he is dangerous, if Jon Jones wants to take him down, then it’s really going to be hard to keep him down and get up. Its’ going to be a hard fight for Jon, he is going to have to pull out everything to win this fight and not get caught. He (Teixeira) can catch him at any time.”