I recently had the great honor of speaking to one of the icons and forefathers of modern day mixed martial arts. His first fight in the UFC took place just after the Zuffa takeover and he remained a staple within that organization for years.
His last fight was at Cage Rage 24 in December 2007 in England. Following that bout, he took a break from professional competition and his presence has been noticeably missing from the international MMA scene since.
At 37 years of age he has spent the last year running his gym and imparting his vast wisdom and knowledge to the next generation of mixed martial artists. However, he made it clear to me that he is not retired and 2009 could very well be the return of the King.