Chuck Liddell told reporters at yesterday’s press conference for UFC 125 that he is officially retired from fighting and will be serving as the UFC’s new Executive VP of Business Development, which would sound a lot cooler if he were now the VP of Smashing Skulls. But the former light heavyweight champion’s retirement was a long time coming, as he’d lost 5 of his last 6 fights, which featured him losing via knockout in his last 3 contests. Still, the Iceman is an all-time badass and it’s good to see him going out with honor and respect, as opposed to insisting he can fight and then repeatedly embarrassing himself like a certain Minnesota Vikings QB that we know.
UFC President Dana White actually announced Liddell’s retirement first, as he praised his longtime friend as one of the driving forces behind the success of UFC over the past 11 years. Also a driving force? Dudes getting their asses kicked. But this is about one man, so take it away, Dana…
“For more than 10 years, Chuck Liddell has been more than I can say. More than a friend, more than a fighter, more than a champion,” White said. “We’re also here today to announce that he is also becoming one of the top executives in the UFC.” (Via All Headline News)
I thought that is was sweet that he said this as Sade played in the background. As for Liddell, he’s a man of fewer words:
“I love the sport and I’m excited to go into a new stage in my life and keep promoting something that I love,” Liddell said. “Most of all, I want to thank my fans and my family.”
You can watch the full press conference clip after the jump, as well as an additional interview with Liddell about his new VP duties…
Chuck Liddell’s Press Conference