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Chuck Liddell: I have to go out on my own, the way I want to go out

There is no doubt Chuck Liddell has proven himself as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. He could walk away from the sport forever, and undoubtedly go down as one of the driving forces that help MMA reach the masses.

After losing four of his last five fights, with three coming by brutal knockouts, most were calling the storied career of Chuck Liddell over. However, the UFC Hall of Famer has other ideas.

Already set to return against former champion Tito Ortiz for a third time, Liddell says this fight is only the beginning.

Speaking with the Las Vegas Review Journal, Liddell claims after the Ortiz meeting, he plans on making one last run at the Light Heavyweight title, “I would like another fight and then I want another fight after,” he said. “Hopefully, Dana’s happy with my two wins and I get a shot at a contender and then a shot at a title. That’s four fights and that’s about as far forward as I’ve thought.”

“I miss fighting and I want to fight, so that’s what I’m doing, I’ll keep arguing and (Dana White) will keep arguing with me. I just have to show him that I can perform.”

However, The Iceman insists he will not prolong his career, when his time comes, “I have to go out on my own, the way I want to go out. It has to be my decision,” he said. “I’m not going to let fans or people that aren’t that close to me and don’t watch me train, don’t see what I can still do, make that decision for me.”

The former champion is set to coach opposite Ortiz, on The Ultimate Fighter Season 11, set to air in March.

No word as of yet, when Liddell will face off against Ortiz.

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