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Chuck Liddell to sit out rest of 2009

The next time Chuck Liddell steps inside the Octagon -- if he chooses to do so -- will be at the age of 40.

The former UFC light-heavyweight champion recently told that he will not make a decision on the future of his fighting career until after April 2010. Speaking with's Josh Gross, Liddell said he hasn't "personally made a decision one way or the other" about retirement.

Liddell appeared to have been "retired" by UFC president Dana White at UFC 97 in April following Liddell's loss in Montreal to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

"I care about these guys," White said at the post-fight press conference. "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."

Last month White eased on his insistence that Liddell retire.

"I'm not his father, he can do whatever the hell he wants to do," White said. "I'm his friend and I care about him a lot, and I'd never like to see him fight again."

Liddell will take the time off to recover and work on his ground game.

"Hopefully my brain can heal over time," Liddell told "The shot last fight is something that normally wouldn't hurt me. I think I need at least some time off from getting hit. I'm going to take time off sparring then. I'll train still. Still gonna roll. I'll probably do a little more jiu-jitsu than normal because I like it. It's fun."