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Dana White: Chuck Liddell ‘Will Never Fight In The UFC Again’

“He’ll never fight in the UFC again. Can Chuck Liddell still make money? Could I make money off of Chuck Liddell? Yes. I don’t want that money. I don’t want to make that kind of money. I’m not interested in that. He won’t do it again. He cannot do it again. It will not happen again… The last time when were sitting down, and this guy is somebody that I care about and respect and consider a friend of mine, and he’s like, ‘Listen, I didn’t take it serious. I’m going to train for this one. I’m going to train like I’ve never trained before.’ We had that conversation, and he did. He kept his word, and he did everything like he said he would do. He looked phenomenal… My problem isn’t with Chuck Liddell’s getting in shape or any of that stuff. The problem is Chuck’s chin. Anybody who’s been in this sport long enough knows you used to be able to hit him in the face with a crowbar, and you couldn’t even wobble him. That’s not the case any more. It’s not worth it to me… Chuck’s a smart guy and a reasonable guy. I’m going to have the talk with him tonight that all the guys that have their heads shoved up his ass won’t… I guess if he asked me to release him, I’d release him. That’s not what I want.”

—Dana White, via MMA Junkie, reiterating his position that Chuck Liddell will never fight in the UFC again

Chuck Liddell planned to meet with Dana White this evening to discuss his future with the UFC. While Chuck hasn’t explicitly said it, he’s been talking like someone who wants to continue fighting. He’s not interested in fighting for another organization, but after his conversation with Dana tonight, that might be his only option beyond retirement.

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