"Chuck Liddell eyes fall return, title shot by John Morgan on May 19, 2008 at 10:32 am ET Forced to withdraw from the main event of UFC 85 due to a torn hamstring, fan favorite Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell (21-5 MMA, 16-3 UFC) is now looking to return to the octagon in early fall. And although an opponent has not been determined, Liddell feels a win would earn him a shot at the light-heavyweight title he lost a year ago. Liddell discussed his return while a recent guest on TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), a content partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It wasn't very fun," Liddell said regarding the injury. "But I've been doing rehab on it, and it's been going real well. I'm hoping to be back fighting in late summer, early fall. You know, September or November." The latest officially announced UFC date is UFC 87, on Aug. 9 in Minneapolis, Minn. Liddell ruled that date out, stating it was "too early." Once a date has been determined, Liddell and the UFC can work on arranging a match-up. The 38-year-old would still be willing to take on his original opponent, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, provided the Brazilian recovers from his own knee injury in time. "It's a possibility," Liddell said of the bout. "If he's healthy and I'm healthy, it's a fight that makes sense." Regardless whom Liddell ends up facing, the ex-champion feels a victory should be enough to earn him a shot to reclaim the title. "I've been ready to fight the champion for a long time," Liddell said. "(If) I win in the fall, I think I deserve a title shot." Liddell is also anxious to avenge his two most recent losses, to light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and the rapidly improving Keith Jardine. "Of course I would," Liddell said about the opportunity to face Jackson and Jardine again. "And if Forrest (Griffin) wins (against Jackson) in July, which is possible, I'd want to fight him first and get the title. To be honest, it makes it a lot easier to get your rematches when you got the title because people want a shot at the title." Liddell also addressed the recent controversy surrounding himself and Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. To hear the full interview, download Friday's edition of TAGG Radio, available for free in the TAGG Radio archives. This story, written by John Morgan, was produced by TAGG Radio specially for MMAjunkie.com. The show -- which is hosted by fighter/broadcaster Frank Trigg, Gorgeous George and ace producer Goze -- books some of the biggest names in MMA. Download all the former episodes at www.taggradio.com, or tune into TAGG Radio's live shows Monday-Friday at noon ET/9 a.m. PT." It's kind of interesting b/c I read the other report worrying about the injury and it's being discussed here: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/36249-li...ng-injury.html I hope his recovery is going well and he will be able to fight Shogun late in the year. Again Chuck talks about getting his title shot after this fight. I could see Dana giving his boy another shot quickly especially after this injury. I dunno what that will mean if Machida and Jardine both win though, unless they match those two up and let Chuck leapfrog them or if Chuck will have to fight one of them before the title shot. Your thoughts?