A little update on the Chuck Liddell situation. He recently spoke with MMA Madness and finally convinced me that if he’s gonna retire, it’s gonna be because that’s what he wants to do:
If he does decide to fight again, he may have a tough time convincing longtime friend, and UFC president, Dana White, to allow him back into the octagon. White has been adamant that he wants Liddell to retire. Liddell, however, is not concerned.
“I can be pretty persuasive when I want,” Liddell said.
Liddell adds that no one else can push him into a decision, not even White.
“I’ll listen to [White] as a friend, but he’s not going to make me do anything,” Liddell stated, before issuing a warning:
“The last thing you want to do if you want me to do something is to tell me I have to do it.”
Up until this point I figured Chuck was just gonna wait until everyone had forgotten about Dana White retiring him before coming out and announcing it yourself – ya know, saving face style? But I’m thinking we’re starting to see the limit of Chuck and Dana’s friendship. He seems surprisingly okay in public about Dana’s proclamations, but when push comes to shove he’s sending his own message: if I still want to fight, Dana can’t stop me.