Dana White on Chuck Liddell's comeback: There's a reason I asked him to retire

LIVERPOOL, England – Although Chuck Liddell is officially un-retired, UFC President Dana White continues to hope the UFC Hall of Famer won’t fight again.

“The last thing I want to do is (expletive) on Chuck Liddell, because I love him,” White told reporters following Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 130, which took place at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. “But I asked him to retire 10 years ago for a reason.”


Liddell (21-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) announced this past month that he will return to the cage and is working on a trilogy fight with fellow UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 15-11-1 UFC), who also recently announced his return to active competition. Supposedly promoting the matchup is ex-boxing champ and Golden Boy Promotions co-owner Oscar De La Hoya, who told reporters he’s working on a deal for the fighters. Liddell said the fight could take place late this year.

One prominent regulator has already signed off on licensing Liddell, who retired in 2010 after a string of brutal knockouts.

The trilogy fight hasn’t been formally announced, however. Asked whether the talk between the promoter and fighters could be De La Hoya’s attempt to use Liddell’s name to promote another business venture, White derided the ex-boxing champ, who along with boxing promoter Bob Arum is an avowed enemy.

“I don’t know if De La Hoya is that smart,” the UFC exec said. “He isn’t the brightest bulb on the porch. ‘Oscar De La Arum’ is not that bright. But I don’t know what he’s

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