The first time Chuck got iced, he said he did well but just ‘got caught’, we listened. The second time it was a bit of a stretch, and at this point we’ve all basically realized that he’s only getting caught because something is very very wrong. Interestingly enough, Chuck’s camp identified his issues and worked hard to change them. But you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or in this case an old trick the dog apparently forgot.
Davis Jr., one of the great Olympians in U.S. history, noticed that Liddell held his hands too low and was tipping his right hand by stepping forward with his right foot. They drilled it for eight weeks leading up to the Rua fight. It was all solved. Liddell looked great in practice but when it came time to execute, it all fell apart:
“As I was watching the fight, I saw his hands go lower and lower. His hands when right back [to where they had in the past],” Davis told Alex Donno from 790 The Ticket in Miami. “Sometimes a fighter just doesn’t digest everything. They digest it in camp but when it comes to the fight they go right back to their comfort zone.”
Chuck is like Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights but Chuck’s hands magically go down instead of up. I’m sure that’s not the only thing Chuck’s doing wrong. Everyone used to watch his fights and search in vain for a chink in his armor. Nowadays it seems like he’s downgraded from full plate mail to one of those pink neon fishnet shirts.