Chuck Liddell hasn’t set foot in the Octagon, at least as a fighter, in more than a year.
Like most fighters, he still has that itch to compete, but he’s also realistic about where he’s at in his career.
“I still wanna fight. I still like fighting, but my reasons for retiring stay the same,” Liddell said over the weekend. “There’s nothing I can do about that.”
Liddell’s life now revolves around growing the sport. Yeah, he’d much rather be in the Octagon, but his work outside of it keeps him on a busy schedule. Instead of hours on end in the gym, Liddell spends much of his week traveling to different locations where he promotes the sport he loves with personal appearances and helping people understand that mixed martial arts is a sport.
One of the most significant recent developments is the UFC’s new television deal with the Fox family of networks. Liddell would love to be a different part of that deal, stepping into the spotlight when the UFC puts fights on a major mainstream television network, but he seems content with where he’s at, and happy for the fighters that are granted that opportunity.
“The Fox deal is great… of course, I wish I was still in my prime and fighting, but I still love the sport and I love seeing it grow to this point.”