Because, according to Dana White, if he doesn’t, this might be the last we see of ‘The Iceman’ in the UFC.
White recently spoke to The Canadian Press and offered a very strong opinion on his good friend Chuck’s fight coming up on April 18th.
I’ve made it very clear to Chuck. Very clear. It’s not about money, it’s not about this, that. Chuck is one of my good friends. Chuck (has) cemented his legacy in the UFC and in the fight game. I’m not even saying if he wins, unless he looks incredibly impressive (in Montreal) – I mean, he’s going to have to go out there and dazzle me, for me to want Chuck to still fight. I love him, and I don’t want to see what I saw in his last fight ever again.
We all know that Liddell hasn’t looked spectacular lately, but it’s really odd to hear Dana White speak so strongly about one of his closest friends in the industry. It’s obvious that White has played favorites with Chuck, and perhaps with good reason, but this is an opinion that I assumed would have been made clear to Chuck behind closed doors, and not out in the open for all to see. White made it clear that it’s not about money, but if his star athlete wants to continue fighting, he might do so, even if it’s not in the Octagon.
Let’s hope that Chuck is able to put in a solid performance on April 18th, because it will be quite difficult for Dana to backpedal on these comments if he doesn’t.