Liddell to retire from the UFC, Dana White was never a fan of
seeing “The Iceman” make a comeback.
The UFC president feels even more strongly after watching Liddell
lose to Tito Ortiz via
first-round knockout in the Golden Boy MMA headliner this past
Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. And he had plenty of
choice words for lead promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who recently
claimed White had
no place telling fighters when to retire.
“I love Chuck Liddell and I don’t ever want to bad mouth Chuck
Liddell,” White said on the “UFC Unfiltered”
podcast. “People even think I’m remotely bad mouthing Chuck
Liddell, but the reality is — first of all, I heard last week the
cokehead ‘Oscar De La Weirdo’ is talking shit that I don’t have any
place to tell guys when to retire. First of all, it’s called
‘friendship’ you f—-ing cokehead. I’ve been friends with Chuck
Liddell for 20 years and the reality is that Chuck Liddell retired
when he should have retired. Eight, nine years ago, however long it
was. And Chuck Liddell’s almost 50 years old and has no business
fighting anymore. The fact that the state of California even let
that fight happen is disgusting. Disgusting.
“Chuck Liddell has an incredible legacy. He’s a huge superstar in
this sport, so of course as a friend, anybody who claims to be a
friend of Chuck Liddell and was anywhere near this fight is full of
shit. They’re not a friend of Chuck Liddell. To let him go in and
fight this fight is terrible.”
White acknowledged that it was difficult to convince Liddell to
retire the first time around. And even though the former UFC
champion will turn 49 in December, it doesn’t take much to spark
his competitive fire again.
“The problem is Chuck Liddell was a fighter. Chuck Liddell loves to
fight, that’s his passion, it’s what he loves in life. But there
comes a day and age, fighting is a young man’s game. You can’t do
it,” White said.
Liddell was also tempted by the opportunity to earn a lucrative
payday, and he did take home a disclosed $250,000, according to
figures released by the California State Athletic Commission.
Still, White points to the overall payroll from the event to
dispute De La Hoya’s claim that he was compensating the fighters
better than other organizations.
“And Oscar f—-ing De La Hoya says, ‘Oh, come over to Golden Boy
where we respect the fighters and it makes me sick what these
fighters were paid’ and all this s—t. Out of 14 fights on the card,
five bouts were amateur fights. Which means he didn’t pay them jack
s—t, right? And 12 of the professional fighters on the card made
less than [$3,000 show and $3,000 to win]. What the f—k are you
talking about you cokehead junkie?
“Some of the guys on the card made $1,000 and $1,000. And he
respects the fighters so much, he couldn’t remember their f—-ing
names at the press conference.
In fact, White wouldn’t be surprised if further down the road there
is an even bigger fallout.
“Tito and ‘Oscar De La Dummy’ were made for each other,” White
said. “First of all, Tito says, ‘Hey, you guys want to get paid.
Come over to Golden Boy MMA.’ Are you kidding me? Wait a couple of
months until this whole thing pans out. Everybody’s going to be
suing everybody in a couple of months. There was no money made over
there. De La Hoya’s a moron. An absolute moron. And I don’t know
how Chuck allowed himself to be talked into this stupid s—t.”