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Chuck Liddell retired today

Credit to smoogy on the UG.


I know.  It’s a funny picture.  If you’re a Shogun Rua fan, the memory of the Iceman laying melted in a puddle is probably a positive one.  Today, we were told that this image wouldn’t be repeating itself, as Chuck Liddel announced his retirement and subsequent ascent to VP of business development for Zuffa.  No sleeping on the job, Chuck.

Every athlete that holds on for too long and ends up leaving a lot of fans with memories of futility instead of success will forever be compared to those that did it in the past.  Jerry Rice as a slow Seahawk, Willie Mays as a hobbled Met, Brett Favre as a sexually explicit Jet and feeble Viking.  The numbers, however, speak for themselves.  Chuck had one of the longest, most consistently difficult winning streaks in MMA during the last decade.  He went 2-1 against Randy Couture, knocking him out of the weight division and out of the cage itself for a time.  He twice KO’ed Babalu and Tito Ortiz at the height of their powers.  However, Rampage proved to be his stylistic nemesis, taking his belt after derailing his PRIDE run, before Chuck lost a close split decision to Keith Jardine’s awkward leg kicks.

He won the much-delayed (and finally facilitated by the death of PRIDE) superfight against Wanderlei Silva in a fight that seemed to sap what was left of his chin for future bouts.  He was outpaced and ultimately coldcocked by an ascending Rashad Evans, dropped his guard just enough for Shogun to plug him, and was a mere ten seconds away from a doctor-awarded TKO victory over Rich Franklin (by virtue of having broken his arm earlier in the round) before succumbing to his killer instinct and leaving himself open.

I’ll remember both of these things when I remember Chuck Liddell.  The fact that his last three losses came to two guys on their way to the belt and another truly great fighter.  His amazing streak in defense of the LHW belt.  Knowing what was coming when he fought and being excited when it happened anyway.  Playing as him over and over and over again on the first PS3 Undisputed demo.  Most of all, I’ll remember the desire to finish that marked both his wins and his losses.  Hat tip to you, Chuck.  You were a wrestler that used your wrestling so you could punch people in the face.  And you were great at it.

  • subo
  • MadMan

    Are you sure you wrote that subo?
    …i ask because i actually enjoyed reading it.


  • agentsmith

    I know they wanna do him a solid and all, but come on… VP of Business Development? This is gonna be the bullshittiest favour-job ever.

    For chrissakes, it’s not like he needs the money anyway.

  • Fedor.Hadouken

    Never much cared for chuck.

    I think he was a decent striker who KO’d a bunch of grapplers in his heyday.

    Also, LULZ at Frankie and Maynard at the press confrence… was crackling electricity off these two.

  • Fedor.Hadouken

    Also, doesn’t chuck have some brain damage, much love to him and all, but should he be running anything?

  • thingvolds

    my greatest memories of chack are jeremy horn putting him to sleep and the absolute bullshit gift decision he got against bustamante.

    guy spent his whole career running from the ground game. shouldve fought in k1, but he wouldve got the piss knocked out of him there so he stuck with mma.

    i understand why a lot of people love him and care about this news. im just not one of them.

  • iamphoenix

    C’mon one more fight!!

  • FiveBoltMain

    It’s not like they picked a guy off the streets and gave him the job. Chuck went to business school and earned his degree. Give the man some credit.

  • Letibleu

    Somewhere in Las Vegas a cocaine dealer just got very happy.

  • Márcio

    I will always be a fan because of the beatings he put on Tito. I wish he could do it one more time. Beyond that he was a good KO artist in a time when the striking in the UFC LHW was shit. Still his fights were always entertaining and he never was one to try to squeak out decisions. Props for that.

  • fish tacos

    I’m with MadMan. Nice write up, boner.

  • fish tacos

    And I love hating, but fuck all you chuck haters. So you were never excited for a Chuck fight? As he walked out, you yawned?

  • Reverend Clint

    his beatings of tito were epic.
    btw dana white is in charge of the ufc… chuck has more business accumin than he does.

  • subo


  • Reverend Clint

    meant he will cook with a cumin

  • subo

    Then you used an extra c, DUMBASS

  • Blackula Jonez

    Good write up subo, as you mentioned before he is no different than most fighters/athletes in regards to sticking around to long. Chuck and Randy are smart for calling it quits before too much damage is done. Hell I may even be wrong in regards to chuck on that point.

  • Letibleu

    Chuck has always represented the sport well to the media and has always been a great ambassador as showcased in the video link below:

  • fishead

    In all honesty… never really got that excited about a Lidell fight. He ruled the weightclass at a time when most of the premier fighters at 205 weren’t even in the UFC, and hasn’t really done anything of note since losing his title – aside from winning a dodgy decision against Wanderlei Silva.

  • subo

    I don’t even feel like disagreeing with the decision. Let’s just agree it was a fucking awesome fight.

  • iamphoenix

    people who are saying they didn’t like chuck when he was dominating are liars because every one and their moms had chucks dick in their mouths, it’s only after rampage nearly killed chuck that people stopped having hardcore man boners for this guy, and even still people thought he could beat franklin for some reason.

  • fishead

    I will admit that it made me happy to see him (temporarily) shut up Ortiz…