UFC President Dana White has insisted, both immediately after the bout and in the month that has followed, that the 39-year-old former light heavyweight champion had fought for the last time. Meanwhile, Liddell’s trainer, John Hackleman, has gone on the record that “The Iceman” would fight at least one more time.
Liddell has finally broken his silence on the issue, discussing a potential retirement from fighting in an interview with MMA Madness. Though no definitive answer was offered, it provides a glimpse into Liddell’s mindset before he makes a decision on ending his career following losses in four of his last five bouts.
Here’s a snip from Liddell:
“I’m going to take some time off and figure out what I want to do, and see what else I think I can do. I’ll still be training guys and I’ll still be working out and training. I’m too emotional to make a rational decision. I want to wait and take my time. I’m not going to make that decision until I sit down and look at it after a little while.
“I need some time off anyway, and when everyone stops worrying about it, I’ll make my decision on my own. Right now, I couldn’t say that I’m not going to fight again.
“All I’ve been doing my whole life is training to compete. It’s a hard thing to give up for an athlete. It’s hard to stop competing after so many years. I’ll listen to [White] as a friend, but he’s not going to make me do anything. The last thing you want to do if you want me to do something is to tell me I have to do it.”