SI.com’s Josh Gross has an update on Chuck Liddell. He’ll be taking off at least until sometime after April 2010 to let his brain heal.
Not quite three months since Mauricio “Shogun” Rua served Liddell his second knockout loss in a row — making it three in five fights — the 39-year-old said Friday he plans on sitting out “for at least a year or so, just to let my head rest.”
Said Liddell of retirement: “I haven’t personally made a decision one way or the other.”
“Hopefully my brain can heal over time,” he continued. “The shot last fight is something that normally wouldn’t hurt me. I think I need at least some time off from getting hit. I’m going to take time off sparring then. I’ll train still. Still gonna roll. I’ll probably do a little more jiu-jitsu than normal because I like it. It’s fun.”
Of course, this means he won’t be fighting Rich Franklin at UFC 103 as previously rumored. There’s no telling if Rich will still fight on the card or not, but last we heard from him, he wasn’t going to fight again until he had negotiated his new contract with Zuffa, so there’s a good chance he won’t either.
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Update: MMA Junkie confirms the UFC still wants Rich Franklin to fight in the main event at UFC 103 and have offered him several different opponents.