Chuck Liddell: A Gift That Continues to Be Given

On April 18, 2009, in Montreal Canada, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell again faced Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for what would be his 26th professional bout. As far as I’m concerned, we all owe Chuck gre …

On April 18, 2009, in Montreal Canada, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell again faced Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for what would be his 26th professional bout. As far as I’m concerned, we all owe Chuck a lot for everything he’s given us. He has given MMA fans some of the greatest moments in sporting history. I mean, how exhilarating is it to see Tito Ortiz’s bludgeon after all his gum is flapping? How great would it be to see her avenging her revenge on Randy Couture in such a devastating manner? Chuck is, without a doubt, one of the greatest warriors of all time; Sure, he’s been getting a little long in the teeth, but who really cares? I know I don’t. Personally, I’m glad he has decided not to retire. He is a gift that keeps on giving. Thirty years from now, I’ll still be watching old chuck liddell fight some bowlegged geezers in a nursing home.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has had a very successful career at PRIDE; he has beaten some of the sport’s top fighters including Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Kevin Randleman, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and Alistair Overeem. However, the success he had at PRIDE did not travel with him to the United States. Must have gotten lost with the luggage; Damn baggage handlers! Rua is expected to come to UFC and wreak havoc on the light heavyweight division; Until recently, this prophecy had not yet come to pass.

In his first UFC fight, the Shogun faces Forrest Griffin, which many analysts think will be an easy fight for him. However, Forrest silenced the critics by dominating Rua for three rounds before turning him over. There’s no real smart way to put it, so I’ll just say Forrest kicked the shit of life out of him. Of course, the critics hated eating their word so, after the fight, there was all the talk about the Shogun’s injury. However, there is no excuse in MMA. When a fighter decides to fight, he is basically communicating that he is fit enough to do so. If you are too injured to fight, DON’T FRIGGIN ‘FIGHT !!

Bellator vs UFC

In his second UFC bout, the Shogun takes on the superannuated Mark “The Hammer” Coleman. Perhaps the power within the UFC thinks a 44 year old man has just been the thing to start the domination we have all been waiting for. Again, that’s a no-no. Although the Shogun did end up getting his first UFC win, it was a subpar performance. It was clear that Rua was not in good shape; he started sucking in the wind as early as the middle of the first round. It looked like two fighters in their forties would, rather than one forty something and up-and-coming 28 years. In my opinion, Coleman was 24 seconds away from a decision win before he was caught with a punch and finally TKO’d. Rua wins, what will I call, another shit show.

If Rua comes into this fight looking like he did in his last two, Chuck Liddell should have an easy night. Even if he managed to pull it together and come into shape for the fight, stylistically, it would not be a good match for the Shogun. Why? Because he’s a fighter who is careful of the wind and comes straight at his opponents. We all know that Liddell is at his best when he is being stalked; he was more dangerous when he was retreating than when he was moving forward. The Chuck is one of the best counter-punchers the octagon has ever seen. More importantly, it’s widely known that the last thing an aging warrior loses is the power of his punches, and Chuck has that oodle.

Even though Chuck has lost three of his last four fights, I still think he has more than enough in his arsenal to deal with Rua. I watched the Shogun chase Liddell only to be caught with one of the thundering punches, the bones he has been so generous with over the course of his career. You know what else I saw? I saw the Shogun lying on his back with the referee crouched over him waving his hand. Thank goodness for “The Iceman” prizes that continue to be given out.