Chuck Liddell Retires

MMA icon Chuck Liddell has finally decided to call it quits after an illustrious career.  Liddell made his UFC debut on May 15, 1998 at UFC 17 where he beat Noe Hernandez by a unanimous decision.  Throughout his career Liddell has beaten a who’s who of MMA fighters including Jose Landi Jones, Kevin Randleman, Murilo Bustamante, Vitor Belfort, Renato Sobral (twice) Alistair Overeem, Tito Ortiz (twice) Randy Couture (twice) Jeremy Horn and Wanderlei Silva.  He was known for his amazing takedown defense and incredible punching power.  His new role will be as the Executive Vice President of Business Development for the UFC.  Any day a legend retires from his craft, it always makes me sad.  I can remember Joe Montana, Nolan Ryan, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky all retiring and it really bothered me.  These were my idols growing up.  It shows that your “idols” are not invincible.  Eventually time catches up to every person and the old reflexes just aren’t what they used to be.  Liddell was an MMA icon, a warrior, and a legend.  I know I will definitely miss him as a fighter.

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