Chuck Liddell was in Brazil a couple of weeks ago helping promote the UFC and the media couldn’t help but asking The Iceman about a couple of theoretical superfights:
He was asked by O Globo’s Gustavo Noblat about a theoretical fight between him and middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Liddell didn’t miss a beat, showing the same confidence he had in the era when he ruled the light-heavyweight division.
“I would beat him, I always said that I would. I have the advantage in weight and height, so it would be more likely that I would beat him,” he said. “ But Anderson is one of my favorite fighters.”
As for a hypothetical fight with Chael Sonnen, who recently failed to take the light-heavyweight crown from Jon Jones, Liddell was even more emphatic. “Sonnen has nothing to offer me (in terms of risk).”
There’s a lot of truth to the story that Chuck Liddell’s fall from glory was due to his epic nightclub poon quests – I mean, the guy was out til 5am in the morning the day he fought Rampage, fer fawks sake. But there’s also the fact that The Iceman ruled the 205 division when it was stacked with wrestlers and jiu jitsu guys. Chuck used his wrestling skills to keep things standing and then took them out with ease. Once he started facing deadly strikers? Things didn’t turn out so well for him. So could Liddell really beat Silva? Maybe 2004 Liddell vs 2004 Silva.