Virtually everyone thinks Chuck Liddell should retire, including his longtime trainer John Hackleman. Chuck? Eh, he’s not so sure.

“I’m still working on evaluating,” Liddell said. “I thought I did great before I was caught. I have to look at it some more and think about it. I think I looked good and I definitely was in great shape. I could have kept that pace up for another four rounds, without a doubt.”

“It’s hard to beat that [aggressiveness] out of me, because that’s who I am and that’s who I’ve been for a long, long time,” Liddell said. “People like watching me because of the way I fight, so it’s hard to get me not to fight that way.”

“There’s a lot still to think about,” Liddell said. “I felt pretty good and I think showed I can compete. I’m not going to rush and I’ll do what I think is best. I’m just not at a point to make that decision yet.”

That doesn’t sound like a man who’s ready to retire to me. Notice the familiar phrases: “I can compete,” and “I was caught.” If you paid attention to Chuck’s career in the past few years, I’m sure you can see where this is going.

On a side note, Chuck was in Vegas tonight for the TUF 11 Finale, sporting a black eye and a swollen lip. So was Rich Franklin, who coached on TUF 11 for all of a week. The coach Rich replaced? He says he wasn’t invited. Burn.

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