Many of the greats that helped build the sport of MMA to what it is today have since taken the path of retirement as the game continued to evolve.
One such fighter is former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell who discussed his retirement at a recent Q&A session in Brazil:
“I talked to my family, my coaches, and then I went to Dana,” said Liddell said. “I talked to Dana. Dana and I actually went to dinner, and he thought I was going to ask him to fight again. I came to dinner, and I said, ‘You know what? I’m done.’ He was relieved.”
“Obviously he had made comments that he didn’t want me to fight again. He was relieved, and then I asked him to just hold off for about three months and give me some time to get adjusted to it before I have to talk to people about it because it was a hard decision for me.
“I love fighting, and I didn’t want to stop, but it was the right decision at the time between my coaches and my family.”
There appears to be only one thing left that would bring Liddell back in the cage.
“I’d always like to hit Tito,” Liddell joked. “That would always be fun, so that’s a possibility, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“I think I made the right decision in retiring. Unless something changes, I’ll stay retired.”