Chuck Liddell officially retires, named UFC VP of Business DevelopmentPosted on December 29, 2010, 04:05 PM by Joey Santosus
After nearly thirteen years in the sport, UFC veteran and former Light Heavyweight Champion, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell has officially retired from fighting.
The announcement was made at today's UFC 125: Resolution pre-fight press conference held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Dana White took the stage first to reveal that the decision had been made, but reassured that while Liddell may be done in the cage, his career with the company isn't over.
"He's now on level and on par with all the top executives," Dana explained, naming the 41-year-old legend the UFC's executive vice president of business development.
In what was clearly an emotional moment for the "Iceman," he addressed both the media and fans, thanking the UFC for his memorable career and promising to continue doing his part to promote the sport.
"I love this sport, and I'm ready for a new chapter in my career," he said.
Liddell turned pro in 1998 and retires a former Champion with an overall record of 21-8, including a 16-7 mark with the UFC. Liddell won the UFC Light Heavyweight title back in 2005 (def. Randy Couture), defending it four times in a row with victories over Babalu Sobral, Randy Couture, Jeremy Horn and Tito Ortiz.