Chuck Liddell’s run on Celebrity Big Brother was a bit of a disaster, as he was the first contestant voted off the show. From the sounds of it, however, he may be returning to our screens again soon – and in the way we’re accustomed.
In a recent conversation with TMZ, Liddell addressed his continued dedication to training while he was on Big Brother, explaining that he was staying ready for a potential MMA comeback inside the Bellator MMA cage.
“It’s still a possibility, for sure,” Liddell said (h/t MMAFighting). “So I didn’t want to get too far out of shape. I was in there boxing the whole time. There’s a lot of stuff that they didn’t show but I was just having a good time in there and staying in shape. I’m staying ready.”
Liddell then discussed two options for this long-discussed return to MMA, naming Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz.
“I’ve said it before in the news, Chael would be a good warmup fight to get back into it,” said Liddell. “Tito would be great if he’d even consider fighting me. I hear he wouldn’t. He doesn’t want to fight me at all. He’ll fight other people but not me, of course.”
Sonnen, of course, is busy with the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, having just defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to advance to the second round. Ortiz, meanwhile, is ostensibly retired. Liddell is aware of all this, and seems to be willing to listen to other ideas. From the sounds of it, it’ll just come down to the opportunities Bellator is willing to offer him.
“It depends on who they offer,” Liddell said. “I’m down for just about anything.”
Chuck Liddell has not competed in mixed martial arts since June of 2010, when he was knocked out by former middleweight champion Rich Franklin. In his next most recent bouts, he was knocked out by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans. This worrisome skid was preceded by a decision win over fellow legend Wanderlei Silva.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/13/2018.