“He’s already said he’ll be back in the gym next Monday. He’s going to fight again, hopefully as soon as possible, maybe in December. We’re looking at ‘Shogun.’ Chuck will face anyone they put in front of him.
You’re dealing with a guy that just lost a fight, is totally depressed right after a humongous loss. Of course, he’s disappointed. We didn’t get into details about the fight, especially after a loss, because that’s not the time you want to talk about it. We usually talk about it when we get back in the gym.
I think things went wrong with Keith Jardine. Keith Jardine came out and fought like a freakin’ killer. Chuck just couldn’t pull the trigger in time and was just a hair off and Jardine’s timing was perfect.”
— Chuck Liddell’s longtime trainer and friend John Hackleman comments on talks of Liddell’s retirement following his loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 76 and his possible return at UFC 79 against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.