Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell Officially Retires From The Sport of MMA

An emotional UFC “Hall of Famer” Chuck Liddell spoke today at the UFC 125 pre-fight press conference, officially announcing his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts and will now work for the UFC as the Executive Vice President of Business Development.

UFC President Dana White and COO Lorenzo Fertitta were on hand to make the announcement of Liddell’s retirement in addition to his new role with the organization.

The news comes after the former long reinging UFC light heavyweight champion went 1-4 in his last five fights, culminating with a first round knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in June. He successfully defended the light heavyweight title four times in his career, making him one of the most dominant champions of our time.

Dana White, speaking at the UFC 125 pre-fight press conference, said:

“A lot of people have worked hard, fighters who have gone out and put on incredible performances, great shows, traveled all over the world, but there’s one guy who really stands out and who has been a great partner, a great friend, a great champion, the list goes on and on. I’m here today with my partner Lorenzo Fertitta to announce his retirement.”

“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, and we’re also here today to announce that he is also becoming one of the top executives in the UFC.”

Lorenzo Fertitta, speaking at the UFC 125 pre-fight press conference, said:

“We think (Liddell) is really in a unique position. Chuck has been involved in martial arts as a professional fighter for 18 years and he has literally seen this sport evolve from a very small niche sport to what it is today… a global sport that is becoming worldwide.”

Chuck Liddell, speaking at the UFC 125 pre-fight press conference, said:

“I want to thank Frank, Lorenzo, and Dana for everything they’ve done for me over the years, and the sport…Most of all I want to thank my fans and my family. I love this sport and I’m excited to go to this new stage in my life and keep promoting the best sport in the world, the sport I love… now that I’m retired.”

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