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Chuck Liddell: Retirement now seems likely with UFC 97 loss



"At the end of the day, I care about these guys. I don't want to see anybody stick around too long. You're never going to see Chuck Liddell on the canvas again.... Tonight was the end of an era. One of the greatest guys in the sport just fought his last fight tonight."

UFC President Dana White sticks to his pre-UFC 97: "Redemption" guns, saying that his good friend and big time money-making machine, former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, is packing it in after a technical knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, last night. It marked the fourth loss in his last five fights for the 39-year-old "Iceman," as well as, according to White, the end of and era -- perhaps no single fighter was more responsible for putting the sport on the map than the San Luis Obispo, Calif., native. We'll pass along a more detailed report as the dust begins to settle on this unfortunate -- albeit inevitable -- result. Like when we hear it straight from the horse's mouth.

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