Chuck Liddell helped build the UFC but when he lost three fights in a row, all by early KO, his friend league president Dana White offered him a no-show position with the company in return for retiring. That was in 2010.
Last year the UFC sold to WME-IMG, and the new owners cut a number of positions, including Liddell’s. Now there are multiple indications that Liddell wants to fight again, and is considering signing with Bellator MMA.
On his Believe You Me podcast, Michael Bisping offered some further detail, noting it was simply something he heard, third-hand information that he does not know for a fact.
“I’m in the circle, where people tell me things,” said Bisping, as transcribed by Anton Tabuena for BE. “This is me putting out a disclaimer, if they hear me saying this, I can say ‘I said it was third-hand information’, when really it might not be third-hand information.
“Somebody at the weekend told me that Chuck Liddell is really pissed off, because he had a pretty sweet deal with the UFC when he left he had this job. He was an ambassador for the UFC. I believe he was on $1 million a year. That’s the number I heard. F**in’ hell that’s a great job.
“It was great that the UFC was doing that, but now of course, new UFC owners came in. I heard that Chuck was really pissed off, so that’s why he’s possibly going over to Bellator.”
“Can he compete? Should he comeback? The answer is no. Can he compete, and should he fight against Tito Ortiz? The answer is probably yes.”