by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck “Iceman” Liddell appeared on MMAWeekly SoundOff Radio this week where he discussed his UFC 63 victory over Renato “Babalu” Sobral amongst other topics.
Liddell told MMAWeekly that his next opponent will most likely be “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz, provided Ortiz gets past Ken Shamrock on October 10th.
Liddell has been pushing hard to get a fight with Wanderlei Silva, and the deal seemed to be close to happening, but fell through recently. Liddell said he felt as if Pride used the in-Octagon announcement as a promotional tool with no real intention of actually putting the fight together. “They pulled out,” Liddell explained. He stated that he doesn’t think it has anything to do with Wanderlei Silva, but with the Pride organization.
Besides a rematch with Ortiz and a fight with Wanderlei Silva, Chuck indicated that he would like to fight Quinton Jackson again. Jackson defeated Liddell in the Pride Middleweight Grand Prix in 2003, and Liddell wants to avenge that loss. The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion said “Rampage” signed with World Fighting Alliance (WFA) to avoid fighting him.
Questioned whether he would consider moving up to the heavyweight division, Liddell didn’t rule out the possibility. “I’ll fight anyone,” he proclaimed.
When the 36-year-old was asked how much longer he thinks he’ll be competing in mixed martial arts, Liddell replied, “I’m taking that one day at a time.” Although Liddell gets a little bit older every day, he assured MMAWeekly he has no plans of hanging the gloves up anytime soon.