The hall of fame UFC career of former light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell is officially over following his knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115, as UFC President Dana White said at Thursday’s UFC 116 pre-fight press conference that he’d release Liddell should he insist on fighting again.
“He won’t do it again. He cannot do it again,” White explained. “He kept his word and he did everything like he said he would do. He looked phenomenal. My problem isn’t with Chuck Liddell getting in shape or any of that other stuff. The problem is Chuck’s chin.
“I guess if he asks me to release him, I’d release him. That’s not what I want. But he’ll never fight in the UFC again.”
Liddell (21-8) has lost five of his last six, following up a unanimous decision win over Wanderlei Silva in December 2007 with three-straight knockout losses to Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Franklin.
Pictured: Chuck Liddell