Chuck Liddell Has No Business Fighting Ever Again • MMA News
The result of the principle occasion of Golden Boy MMA’s debut occasion mustn’t shock anybody. At age 48, former UFC gentle heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell returned to the cage for his first struggle since 2010. He was initially compelled out of the game by UFC president Dana White attributable to all of the brutal knockout losses he suffered earlier than the top of his profession, however after eight years away he was hungry to struggle once more, and he discovered a prepared foe in Tito Ortiz and a prepared promoter in Oscar De La Hoya.
However the struggle didn’t go properly for Liddell. After a sequence of open exercise the place Liddell gave the impression to be considerably slower, that poor efficiency confirmed up within the cage as his hand velocity was slower than it’s ever been and he might barely transfer his toes. After getting knocked out twice by Liddell again within the golden days of MMA within the mid-to-early 2000s, Ortiz acquired revenge towards Liddell within the trilogy as he brutally completed him with punches within the first spherical. It was tough to see Liddell get knocked out but once more in such devastating trend.
Liddell has now been knocked out in 4 straight fights to Ortiz, Wealthy Franklin, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans, and he was additionally knocked out by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson previous to the shedding skid that initially ended his profession. His lone win within the final decade was a choice win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 again in 2007. At this level, Liddell’s chin can not take a shot and at age 48 there’s no cause to assume his chin goes to get any higher. Getting brutally knocked out by a man like Ortiz who has only a few professional knockout wins on his resume is the icing on the cake. Or, it needs to be.
Following the loss, Ortiz mentioned he hopes Liddell continues to struggle in Golden Boy MMA, and Liddell himself mentioned he’s nonetheless open to competing once more. However my argument could be, why? Why would Liddell topic himself to yet one more knockout? Why would De La Hoya promote one other struggle with a man who clearly can not take a shot anymore? And why would the fee clear Liddell to struggle once more after how unhealthy he seemed towards Ortiz? It was questionable sufficient that Liddell handed his pre-fight exams and fought Ortiz, however after seeing how brutally he was completed, there’s no approach he ought to ever step into the cage once more. It will be incorrect to see him try to struggle once more.
There are few fighters that I respect greater than Liddell. He is without doubt one of the biggest fighters of all time and helped put MMA on the map again at nighttime ages when it wasn’t thought-about by many to be a sport. But it surely’s 2018 now. Liddell’s chin disappeared over a decade in the past and there’s no cause to consider it can ever come again. At this level, it’s extraordinarily harmful to let him ever compete once more. Fighters are cussed and it’s arduous for them to know when to hold their gloves up. All of us thought Liddell did simply so again in 2010, however he had the itch to return again and struggle once more. Nice, he acquired his likelihood to compete and hopefully the itch is gone now. There’s no cause he ought to ever be cleared to struggle once more and De La Hoya and Golden Boy shouldn’t provide him one other struggle. It’s arduous to see such a revered legend of the game tarnish his legacy by refusing to give up when he ought to. Liddell is without doubt one of the GOATs of MMA, however his profession was over way back.