Saturday could be the last time Chuck Liddell fights in the Octagon

“[This] might be the last time you ever see Chuck Liddell fight live or on television; the legend, the Iceman, the man who helped build mixed martial arts.” That was UFC President Dana White’s answer Thursday to radio show host, Carmichael Dave, when he asked White if there was anything he wanted to say to the fans about UFC 97, which takes place this Saturday night, April 18th in Montreal.

After hearing those sad words, Dave replied, “Jesus, you really want to say that?” “Yes. He’s one of my best friends, but this could be it. He helped build this business, but this might be his last fight ever,” said the UFC President.

Chuck Liddell is the favorite to win his fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua tomorrow night, according to the odds on BetUS.com. They have Liddell at -200 and “Shogun” at +150.

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Dana White gives Iceman an ultimatum

Chuck Liddell (21-6) fought one time in 2008. That is the least number of fights “The Iceman” has fought in a year’s time since beginning his professional career in 1998 at UFC 17.

Liddell’s lone 2008 outing did not end well for the man once feared the MMA world over for his knockout power. On September 6, 2008 at UFC 88, Rashad Evans (13-0-1) left Liddell in an unconscious heap inside the Octagon at Philips Arena, in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an image that sent a deafening silence over the thousands of fans who were cheering just seconds before. It was scary.

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