It seems as though Chuck Liddell will just not give up despite losing five of his last six fights, three of which were viscous knockouts. Many people, including myself, believe that it is time for the hall of famer to retire before he suffers some serious damage.
Heres a excerpt from an interview Chuck Liddell did with Kevin Iole on Yahoo!Sports:
“I’m still working on evaluating. I thought I did great before I was caught. I have to look at it some more and think about it. I think I looked good and I definitely was in great shape. I could have kept that pace up for another four rounds, without a doubt.”
Notice, “I was caught.” Does Chuck not realize he has been “caught” pretty good in his last three fights now. Chuck will have more respect if he retires now and stops trying to come back and make a run for the title. Lets face it, there are no more titles in Liddell’s career. If Dana White was to let Chuck fight again in the UFC then he really needs to check up the meaning of “friend” in the dictionary because no one should want to see their long time friend KO’d like that again.
UFC 115 sold out yesterday in just thirty minutes without the tickets even going on sale to the general public. MMAJunkie confirmed today via the UFC that UFC 115 set the record for the fastest sellout in the promotions history beating out UFC 83 for the top spot.
The tickets were all purchased before going on sale to the public through a common procedure by the UFC to offer tickets to those who pay the $75 annual fee to be part of the Fight Club. Obviously a majority of those that are part of the fight club are scalpers who get early access to the tickets and sell them for well over double face value. As of right now ( 6PM CST APR 14th) there are 850 tickets available on StubHub alone with a starting price of $200. That’s right, $200 for a ticket you could of bought for just $65 if you were in the Fight Club.
For those thinking about paying top dollar for a ticket here is the card as it currently stands:
**Thiago Alves vs Jon Fitch has been rumored but not yet officially announced.
- Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin
- Patrick Barry vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
- Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago
- Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
- Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin
- Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman
- Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel
- Peter Sobotta vs. James Wilks
- Ricardo Funch vs. Claude Patrick
- Jesse Lennox vs. Mike Pyle
Chuck Liddell clearly got pissed off by the remarks that Tito Ortiz made in regards to Liddell’s alcoholism.
He has yet to make his return to the UFC but already Chuck Liddell believes he will be getting a title fight in his fourth fight back.
I miss fighting and I want to fight, so that’s what I’m doing. I’ll keep arguing and (White) will keep arguing with me. I just have to show him that I can perform. I would like another fight and then I want another fight after. Hopefully, Dana’s happy with my two wins and I get a shot at a contender and then a shot at a title. That’s four fights and that’s about as far forward as I’ve thought. I have to go out on my own, the way I want to go out. It has to be my decision. I’m not going to let fans or people that aren’t that close to me and don’t watch me train, don’t see what I can still do, make that decision for me.”
The fight against Tito Ortiz would be Chuck Liddell’s last fight under a UFC contract. I am thinking that if Liddell loses this fight he probably not be re-signed which could be a bad thing for the UFC as I am sure Liddell would have no issue going to fight for UFC rival, Strikeforce. If Liddell was to win against Ortiz the question would then turn into who he would fight. He is not a top flight contender because he was defeated by Evans and Rua. Potential opponents could be Rampage if he was to lose to Evans and the loser of Coleman/Couture.
Dana White in the above video mentions that fighters such as Chuck Liddell, GSP and BJ Penn will be getting their own branded gyms to help support them financially once they are done fighting.
Last night during the broadcast of The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale UFC President Dana White mad the announcement that Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz would be the coaches for TUF season 11.
At the end of the season, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will step back into the cage for a third time. Chuck Liddell won both fights against Tito Ortiz, the first by KO at UFC 47 and the second by TKO at UFC 66.
The season will feature middleweight fighters and is expected to air in April 2010 on Spike TV.
Chuck Liddell has not see the inside of an Octagon since being told to hang up his gloves back in April at UFC 97 after his second consecutive KO loss. He has stated since that he is not retired but will be taking a year off to rest his head. In his absence Liddell has managed to get himself onto Dancing with the Stars which will air on ABC this September.
“I want to win,” Liddell told UFC.com. “I don’t like losing in anything, so I’ll work as hard as they’ll let me.”
“I’m gonna go out, be myself, and show what kind of people we do have in this sport,” he said. “I’m sure the reaction will be mixed (among fight fans). My friends are gonna be excited and I’ll never hear the end of it because they’ll make fun of me, but it should be fun and I think everyone will like it.”
Liddell may have the footwork when it comes to boxing his opponents but will he be able to coordinate it into dancing along side a professional? I guess if you really want to you can find out this September 21st.
“It’s like if you’re a kid and your parents don’t get along. They both called me up and talked to me, and they both love me and have my best interests at heart. I love both guys, and I’m not going to take sides. They’ve never liked each other. But they’ve always kept it quiet out of respect for me. Now that it’s going back and forth, it’s been blown way out of proportion.”
Since his loss at UFC 97 the question on many peoples minds has been whether or not Chuck Liddell will ever fight again. It is looking like he has a tough decision on his hands. One the one hand he has his coach John Hackleman telling him he should go back for more and on the other he has close friend and boss Dana White telling him to stay away.
I personally believe that Liddell is done. He has been knocked out cold in his last two fights now and to be honest I really can’t think of a fighter that you can still place Chuck against and draw big numbers. The only real option is a Wandy and Liddell rematch if Silva was to lose against Franklin at UFC 99. Other than that I think the only option for Liddell is to hang up his gloves and start training guys out at the Pit and eventually giving a younger fighter the opportunities he had.
Today John Hackleman told MMAJunkie that he believes Chuck Liddell has “more than one fight left in him.”
Chuck Liddell has lost his last two fights in the UFC via KO’s. After Liddell’s loss to ‘Shogun’ Rua UFC President Dana White was adament in saying that Chuck Liddell would never fight again. Chuck Liddell has not made a comment on his situation with the UFC as of yet but his long time trainer John Hackleman has been in the media quite frequently stating that it is Liddell’s decision to make and not Dana White’s.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hackleman said in a telephone interview. “Just on his abilities, his skill and his power, and what he has left, I think he has more than one fight left in him. Maybe his game isn’t what it was 10 years ago. I don’t know. But he’s definitely at the top of the food chain.
After all the recent comments fans of MMA and Chuck Liddell are left wodering if he will ever step back into the Octagon again. Liddell is currently 39 years old and by some standards such as Randy Couture and Don Frye still has around five years left to fight.
So now comes the real problem here. Dana won’t let him fight and Liddell is still under contract with the UFC for one more fight. Well the UFC is obligated to give him the fight or release him. If they release him every organization with enough money to spare would easily snap him up for a few fights giving their organization one of the biggest names ever in mixed martial arts.
I really can’t see the UFC letting a man who pretty much made the sport what it is with his exciting fighting style and domination of many opponents over the last few years just leave. They would feel obligated to give him that next fight.
If I was the UFC and he still wanted to fight my first option would be Wanderlei Silva if he was to lose at UFC 99. Silva has stated that he would like a rematch with Liddell who beat him at UFC 79. This fight would be a good way to go for both fighters who have each suffered a fair share of devastating knockouts over the last few years. This time before the fight starts the UFC should ask Liddell if this is his last fight before forcing it on him though.