Chuck Liddell still isn’t sure if he’ll ever fight in mixed martial arts again, but one thing is clear: he’s healthy enough to do so.
Liddell, a UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC light heavyweight champion, said on MMA Tonight that if he was given enough incentive to return — a large paycheck, to be exact — he could find himself back in the cage sooner than later. Physically, he has all the capabilities of making a comeback, he said, but Liddell still far from committed to one. But he’s not closing the door on another fight, either.
“I’ve thought about it but everyone’s gonna have to keep wondering. I’m not sure yet,” Liddell said (transcript via MMAFighting.com).
“I’m healthy. It would probably take more than [a month] to set it up, but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see. I mean, it depends on what gets offered. If someone offers me something crazy, I could fight tomorrow, but it just depends.”
This isn’t the first time “The Iceman” has been in the headlines in 2017 regarding a potential return to MMA. Earlier this year, rumors circulated about a matchup between Liddell and Bellator’s Chael Sonnen — and Sonnen went as far to say that Liddell was offered the bout multiple times but turned it down — but ultimately, nothing came to fruition. Liddell also hinted at a a possible trilogy bout with Tito Ortiz, but, again, it was nothing more than a social media post.
For what it’s worth, Liddell denied Sonnen’s claims that he declined an offer from Bellator to fight the three-time UFC title challenger. In fact, Liddell said he hasn’t received any offers at all.
“That’s not true,” he said. “I’ve never been offered a fight and I’ve definitely never been offered to fight [Sonnen]. He doesn’t worry about the truth too much with his trash-talking. He’s not afraid to be liberal with his facts.”
Of course, Sonnen meets Quinton Jackson in the opening round of the Bellator heavyweight grand prix tournament early next year, so the Liddell fight, even if it once was, is no longer on the table.
Liddell (21-8) hasn’t competed in MMA since June 2010, when he was stopped by Rich Franklin. Once known for his iron chin, the ex-champ has been stopped with strikes in his last three bouts. Also a PRIDE FC veteran, Liddell’s last victory was a decision over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 in 2007.