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Chuck Liddell Might Think About Returning 'For A Shot At The Title'

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ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Former MMA Champion Chuck Liddell looks on before Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Former MMA Champion Chuck Liddell looks on before Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell did an interview for the Fuel TV show UFC Tonight that aired last night, and he discussed a few different things including fatherhood, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and why he retired. One of the most interesting quotes was in reference to what it would take for him to come out of retirement - a title shot (transcribed by MMA Mania):

"The only thing that would even make me think about it is if they gave me a shot at the title. So, we'll see. For now? Yeah. Jon Jones. I don't wanna come back as a sideshow. It's just one of those things. It's not something I wanna do."

He then went on to talk about the current king of the hill at 205, Jon Jones, who is coming off a win over Rashad Evans at UFC 145:

"I'll never say never. Not in this sport. Anybody can lose at any time. If he keeps doing what he does, he's gonna be hard to beat if he keeps doing what he's doing. He follows his game plan. He trains hard. He keeps learning. He's young and he's athletic and a great athlete. He's a great guy. He's gonna be hard to beat, but I'm never gonna say no one's gonna beat him."

You can catch a quote about retirement from the Iceman after the jump, as well as the full video of his interview.

"You know, it was a hard decision to make, to retire, but it wasn't like I couldn't compete with guys. I can't quite take a punch like I used to and I didn't wanna change my style. I could start wrestling and try to control guys, but then I still got the chance of getting hit hard. It just wasn't the way I wanted to fight. I fought so many years, and I wanted to go out fighting the way I like to fight: exciting and fun."