UFC President Dana White is happy to see Chuck Liddell in top shape for his upcoming UFC 115 main event fight against Rich Franklin. White talks about how Liddell has taken his training on a more serious level unlike before where “he was out partying every night.” The former light heavyweight champion will be putting his career on the line because if he loses, White promises to end his UFC career for good.
From Dana White:
“Yes [a loss at UFC 115 would be the end of Chuck Liddell’s career], and I think he will say the same thing. But let me tell you what the difference is – the difference before, when I wanted him retired, was that he wasn’t doing the right thing. He was out partying every night and doing the wrong thing not the right thing. He wasn’t living the life of a professional athlete… He and I sat down and talked and I will tell you what, he has kept his word. He has been phenomenal shape since the beginning of The Ultimate Fighter and it will be interesting to see how he does. Because Rick Franklin is tough, he is no joke. He had that war with Dan Henderson that many people believe he won, he had the war with Wanderlei Silva – he has fought all the best in the world.“