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Chuck Liddell will never fight in the UFC again


Farewell, Iceman.

After 20 exciting fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Chuck Liddell will hang up is gloves and take on another role in the UFC organization.

Chuck hasn’t fully proclaimed his retirement, but Dana White says, following his 3rd TKO loss in 5 fights, he will never fight in the UFC again.

“I don’t want to see anybody stick around too long,” Dana White said. “I don’t want to see anybody get hurt. You’re never going to see Chuck Liddell on the canvas again.”

“My close friend and somebody who I consider a family member has moved on and retired,” he said. “We’ll figure out another spot for him in the organization. Don’t worry about Chuck Liddell. He’s going to do just fine.”

Chuck could always go fight for Strikeforce or Affliction, but I don’t think he would endure much success in either promotion. Chuck is almost 40; looking at his fight with Shogun, he just didn’t look crisp, agile or fluid.  His punches were wild and sloppy, and his movements were stiff.

In Chuck’s prime, he was knocking out his opponents left and right. I remember getting so excited every time a UFC PPV featured the Iceman. I still do, but it’s getting pretty hard to watch one of my favorite fighters get knocked out time and time again.

Chuck had a great career in the octagon, but it’s apparent that it’s time to hang up the gloves.

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Web programmer by day, practicing mixed martial artist at night, Larry Vollmer Jr. brings the latest news from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the rest of the mixed martial arts world - a fast-spreading obsession on TV and online. These are the bouts - they occur in an octagon-shaped "ring" - that test men's souls.