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Liddell has one fight left on current UFC contract

Former UFC light-heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell has one fight left on his current contract with the UFC, trainer John Hackleman revealed Monday evening to KSBY's Action Sports.

In the interview with the local news channel, Hackleman said Liddell has not yet made a decision on whether or not he wants to continue fighting and the deciding factors are if Liddell still loves the sport and if he is getting hurt in the Octagon.

Judging from Liddell's comments prior to the fight, his passion for the sport remains unquestionable, so it may come down to if he feels he's in danger of putting himself in serious harm if he continues fighting. The latter is the main reason why friend and UFC president Dana White has been adamant about Liddell entering retirement.

"I care about these guys," White said after UFC 97. "I don't want to see anybody sticking around too long, I don't want to see anyone get hurt. And in the almost twenty-year history of the UFC there's never been a death or serious injury...and you're never going to see Chuck Liddell on the canvas again. It's done. Tonight was the end of an era. One of the greatest guys in the sport fought his last fight tonight."

Even if Liddell moves forward with fighting, will White change his mind and allow Liddell to fight? Liddell remains as one of the biggest draws and would be valuable for any outside promotion looking to compete with the UFC. And to avoid Liddell leaving after one more fight, would the UFC extend is contract to deter Liddell from signing with another promotion?

According to the report, Hackleman says he expects Liddell to make a decision in the next week.