Turns out all the animosity that Chuck felt going into the fight with Wanderlei Silva wasn’t towards Wand himself, but rather jackhole Pride fans:
“I never had anything against Wanderlei, but it was those Pride fans who got me,” Liddell said. “They’re getting on me about not fighting the guy. I’m like, ‘I’m in UFC and he’s in Pride. What do you want me to do?’ I would have fought him in a backyard if I could have.”
I wouldn’t have minded that, especially if a backyard fight meant going until one of them was done. Dana White said he made the Hughes/St Pierre fight an interim fight and therefore 5 rounds because he didn’t want to see it go to a 3 round decision. Well, it’s too bad he couldn’t do the same with this fight, because while it was a great match regardless and everyone saw the writing on the wall for Wanderlei, I would have loved to see this one go another 10 minutes (if it would have).
So how great was this fight? It’s another fight that was carried by the anticipation and connections we brought into the fight with us. Just like Couture/Sylvia wasn’t that exciting if you removed it’s context, the same could be said for this fight. Chuck and Wand felt eachother out for half of the first two rounds. It reminded me of a stripper taking her time removing her top in the champaigne room. Goddamn it bitch, just take your clothes off and stick your clam in my face already! When strip club songs last all of three minutes, there’s no time for foreplay or feeling out!
Unlike most people, I’m not gonna say either fighter is anywhere close to being done. Chuck and Wand probably have a good 2-3 years left in the UFC, and I don’t doubt that we could be seeing them face off again in that time. Let’s just hope there’s a belt on the line so it lasts longer.