Should Chuck Liddell retire?

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

Last night at UFC 88: Breakthrough, Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell received the biggest blow to his mixed-martial arts career imaginable.

After a few minutes of lackluster action, he and opponent (Sugar) Rashad Evans began to open up and swing for the fences. Delivering the knockout of the year -- and one of the best in UFC history -- Sugar beat The Iceman to the punch with a devastating overhand right that sent the former champion crumbling face-first to the mat.

Hell, that wasn't a knockout -- that was an execution.

As Liddell lay there motionless for several minutes, the question of whether we had seen the end of one of the most storied careers in MMA hung in the air.

With the exception of his epic decision win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79, the 38-year-old Iceman has looked rough in his last four fights. In those bouts, he's suffered two (T)KO losses -- the other being to Quinton Jackson -- and one decision loss to Evans' teammate Keith Jardine. For a fighter who once rules the 205 lbs. weight class with an iron fist, this is a considerable fall from grace.

The UFC's plans to promote Liddell against light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin for the New Year’s show are now dead in the water as well. At the post-fight press conference, Dana White announced Evans will now receive the title shot.

While he's nowhere near as bad as Matt Hughes is at this point, it may be time for Liddell to consider his post-MMA career. Let's face it, Liddell will probably never hold the title again. Realistically, there's only so much more fight left in him and he should consider leaving the sport with his remaining brain cells.

Now would be the time to time to set up one or two more big marquee fights -- Liddell vs. Shogun would be nice -- and move on to other things.


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