After the UFC was purchased by WME-IMG for the historical $4 billion price tag, the company faced a bit of restructuring.
Many employees were laid off including UFC legends Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes, who held positions with the company following their retirement after competing in the Octagon. Liddell held a position as the UFC executive vice president of business development and with a title like that, the assumption is that there was a nice paycheck that came along with the job.
According to UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, Liddell was getting taken care of quite nicely from what he heard, revealing some of his insider information on his Believe You Me podcast (transcribed by Bloody Elbow).
“I’m in the circle, where people tell me things,” Bisping said. “This is me putting out a disclaimer, if they hear me saying this, I can say ‘I said it was third hand information’, when really it might not be third hand information.
“Somebody at the weekend told me that Chuck Liddell is really pissed off, because he had a pretty sweet deal with the UFC when he left this job. He was an ambassador for the UFC. I believe he was on $1 million a year, that’s the number I heard.
“It was great that the UFC was doing that, but now of course, new UFC owners came in,” Bisping said. “I heard that Chuck was really pissed off, so that’s why he’s possibly going over to Bellator.”
“Can he compete? Should he comeback? The answer is no. Can he compete, and should he fight against Tito Ortiz? The answer is probably yes.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/12/2017.