Chuck Liddell’s Longtime Coach Wants Legend to Stay Retired, But Will Corner “The Iceman” if Asked
By FCF Staff
Chuck Liddell’s longtime coach, John Hackleman, has made it clear he does not want to see the legend fight again. But, if the former UFC champ asks him to corner him in his comeback bout, the renowned coach won’t turn him down.
In recent months, Liddell has hinted that he was eyeing a return to the cage, and recently “The Iceman”confirmed he plans to fight again. The expectation is that Liddell will fight his rival, Tito Ortiz, for a third time.
Recently Hackleman appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing Liddell’s plans to fight again, he said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I don’t like it, at all. In fact, I don’t like any of my fighters to fight. I wish they were all just training at my gym and were having fun, and that’s what I started The Pit for back in 1985 and I never want anyone to fight. To me, it’s not fun, never has been.
“So, I don’t want him to fight anymore. But with that said, if he does [want to fight again] and he really has to do it in his heart, then I’m behind him 100 percent.”
Hackleman also confirmed that he would coach and or corner Liddell if asked. The 48 year-old Liddell hasn’t fought since 2010, when he was KO’d by Rich Franklin.