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Chuck Liddell teases interest in bare-knuckle fighting: ‘If they’re interested, come and talk to me’

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC legend Chuck Liddell has never backed down from a fight and if the right offer came along, he’d even entertain taking his gloves off to throw hands with an opponent.

This past weekend at BKFC 19, Liddell was part of a special commentary team doing an alternate broadcast for the event on FITE TV headlined by ex-UFC star Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich.

During the event, Liddell’s podcast partners from the Drinkin’ Bros network asked him what kind of offer it would take for him to crossover into bare-knuckle fighting.

While he scoffed at $100,000 as a possible dollar amount, Liddell didn’t completely shut down the idea as long as the money and the opportunity were right for him.

“It would all have to depend,” Liddell said during the broadcast. “We’d have to talk about it. Yeah, if they pay enough money, sure. It all depends on what they come up with. We can talk about it. If they’re interested come and talk to me.”

Liddell added that he has chatted with BKFC President Dave Feldman in the past but didn’t say if they’d ever discussed a possible return to the ring.

Liddell, 51, hasn’t competed since 2018 when he suffered a first-round knockout loss to longtime rival Tito Ortiz in a fight for the now defunct Golden Boy MMA.

That fight came more than eight years after his final fight in the UFC in 2010, which led Liddell into retirement until his comeback for the Ortiz trilogy.

More recently, Liddell has started his own podcast and he’s been much more vocal in the combat sports arena, but it remains to be seen if he’ll ever actually compete again or not.

BKFC has never shied away from promoting fighters or matchups with superstars from either mixed martial arts or boxing and Liddell obviously fits that bill as a UFC Hall of Famer.

It remains to be seen if BKFC or another outfit would be interested in Liddell or if the former UFC light heavyweight champion will receive an offer that makes him contemplate another fight.