Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Chuck Liddell Is Still Tougher Than You Or Me

There's more big news out of the UFC this week.
After multiple poor showings, rumblings of Chuck Liddell retiring is blowing up.
Liddell, along with Randy Couture and more recently Brock Lesnar, can easily be credited with bringing Mixed Martial Arts into the mainstream.
I remember the first time I heard of Chuck Liddell. It was about three years ago, and I couldn't tell you the first thing about MMA.
It was a Sunday night and I was watching "Entourage" (which probably deserves it's own retirement, but that's for another day.)
Out of nowhere, a menacing figure pops up in the show and a "star" is born.
Unfortunately for him, despite his popularity in the media, his career has been on the downturn. He most recently lost at UFC 93 in April to "Shogun" Rua , which caused Dana White to announce that Liddell is retiring, without waiting for input from the fighter.
In a very strong statement, White said, "At the end of the day, I care about these guys. I don't want to see anybody stick around too long. You're never going to see Chuck Liddell on the canvas again."
It's a big loss for the world of UFC and MMA if Liddell decides to officially announce his retirement. I'm only one man, but if you ask me, Chuck Liddell is going to pull a Brett Favre and make at least one comeback.

1 comment:

Dramapickle said...

You have a very limited shelf life in this sport. It's a fact, you cannot take the kind of abuse these guys do, and have a long career. Liddell is no doubt one of the best, but younger and hungrier guys will always be throwing themselves into the sport, it's only a matter of time before an old lion is dragged down so a new one can be king.