Former UFC light heavyweight Chuck Liddell is still living comfortably in retirement. However, he seems to seriously be considering a comeback to the cage.
Liddell (21-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC), who was essentially forced into retirement by UFC President Dana White in 2010 following a string of three consecutive knockout losses, says his fighting spirit never left.
It’s been more than seven years since the UFC Hall of Famer stepped in a cage, and while he’s far from announcing a comeback, the 47-year-old said he can’t entirely rule out it out.
“I’m never going to say 100 percent no (to fighting again).” Liddell told TMZ.
Hypothetically, though, if Liddell were to come back, there’s one fighter he’s repeatedly mentioned as a potential opponent: multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen (30-14-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), who’s been taking potshots at Liddell for months in hopes he’ll sign with Bellator.
Sonnen, who’s coming off a unanimous-decision win over Wanderlei Silva at Bellator NYC in June, is someone Liddell could see himself fighting, he said. Why? Liddell thinks it would be the perfect way to ease himself back into the sport after such a lengthy hiatus.
“Chael’s the easy fight,” Liddell said. “If I was going to come back, it’s a good one. It’s a good warmup fight. He talks a lot. I think that’s why he does all that WWE style.”
It didn’t take long for Sonnen to catch wind of Liddell’s comments. Naturally, he did his best to continue to bait him back into the cage (via Twitter):
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