Story & photo by Anthony Springer Jr.
The legendary career of “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell is over.
At least in the Octagon.
After two false starts regarding retirement and months of speculation, UFC President Dana White along with Zuffa co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta officially announced the retirement of Liddell at Wednesday’s UC 125 press conference.
Liddell will remain with the organization and was subsequently named its Executive Vice President of Business Development.
“All the guys up here owe a lot to Chuck Liddell. He’s been more than a friend, more than a fighter and more than a champion,” White said before the announcement.
“Chuck has been involved for 18 years,” Fertitta added. “He’s seen this sport evolve from a very small niche sport into what it is today.
“We welcome Chuck Liddell to the UFC executive team.”
An emotional Liddell took to the podium for the first time in his new role to thank the organization and the fans for their contribution.
“I want to thank the fans,” Liddell said to applause. “I love this sport and I’m excited to enter this new stage in my life and keep growing the best sport in the world.”
Liddell’s final record stood at 21-8. He also held the UFC light heavyweight title and successfully defended the belt four times.
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For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com