The end of an era became official earlier today when iconic light-heavyweight Chuck Liddell announced he was hanging up his gloves for good at a press conference related to this weekend’s upcoming UFC event. However, while Liddell closed one chapter of his life with the news, he quickly followed it up by mentioning he’d opened a new one by accepting a position in the company as Executive Vice President of Business Development.
“I want to thank Frank, Lorenzo, and Dana for everything they’ve done for me over the years and for the sport. Most of all, I want to thank my fans, my family,” said an emotional Liddell. “I love this sport and I’m excited going into a new stage in my life and keep promoting the best sport in the world and the sport I love. They’re giving me the opportunity again to keep promoting and keep doing stuff now that I’m retired.”
Liddell’s run in the UFC was well-documented, as he rose to become not only one of the sport’s most dominating, but recognizable, competitors, as well as the company’s 205-pound champion with wins over Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, and Renato Sobral.
The 41-year old “Iceman” walks away from Mixed Martial Arts with a 21-8 record in more than a decade of activity. Five of his eight total losses occurred over his last six fights with the one exception being a highly memorable encounter with Wanderlei Silva ironically taking place three years to the day of his retirement. Appropriately, their scrap was named the event’s “Fight of the Night”.
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