Rumors that Chuck Liddell could headline UFC 103 on September 19th in Dallas, possibly against former middleweight champ and current light heavyweight contender Rich Franklin, appear to have been nothing more than speculation, as the former light heavyweight title-holder tells SI.com that he’s yet to make a decision on retirement and will be sitting out until after April 2010 should he opt to return to the Octagon:
“[I’m planning on sitting out] for at least a year or so, just to let my head rest. I haven’t personally made a decision one way or the other. Hopefully my brain can heal over time. The shot last fight is something that normally wouldn’t hurt me. I think I need at least some time off from getting hit. I’m going to take time off sparring then. I’ll train still. Still gonna roll. I’ll probably do a little more jiu-jitsu than normal because I like it. It’s fun.”
While Liddell’s retirement decision can wait, the UFC must soon find a headliner for UFC 103, which currently boasts Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann and Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg as its top bouts.