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John Hackleman: “Looking Down At Chuck Cut Like That, Broke My Heart”

“You can’t make someone quit. But definitely when I looked down at him in the cage, my stomach … it just didn’t feel good…I don’t think there’s too much to talk about. I think we both know what he’s going to do. I won’t speak for him like Dana [White] did. I’ll just say I’d rather he not do it anymore… If he’s gotta do it I’d rather be there looking after him than someone else. I don’t think it will come to that. I think he’s good right now. I think he’s in a good place and obviously wishes he won. But he’s a very successful guy that’s accomplished a lot in and out of the cage, and he doesn’t really need this anymore in any way. I don’t think he has anything to prove…The thing that made him the most famous, richest, most exciting superstar in the sport also can come back and haunt him… all the game planning went out the window and the warrior in him took over. He dropped his hands, took his chin up and started swinging for the fences. That’s the way he went in and that’s the way he went out. That’s just him… Looking down at him cut like that, broke my heart.”

—Chuck Liddell’s career long trainer and mentor John Hackleman talking to SI.com’s Josh Gross about Chuck’s future

Dana White guarantees Chuck will never fight again. John Hackleman doesn’t think Chuck will fight again. But what does Chuck Liddell think about Chuck fighting again? He’s not talking, yet.

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