Stephen Quadros points out the same thing I noticed: That Chuck Liddell may not be the same focused fighter he used to be:
From my observation, most fighters who dabble in “acting” and the glitzy life that sometimes accompanies it (clubs, late nights, expensive women) usually start getting their asses kicked inside the (ring or) cage by a hungry soul without an acting career. The “Wild On” lifestyle usually leaves fighters soft, mentally at least, and distracted. Chuck has so far been the exception.
Also, after checking out the videos I posted on Chuck in the last Media Preview, I’m starting to think Chuck has more hype than he deserves. He was rocked in the fights against Overeem, and even Guy Mezger threw a couple that had the Iceman scrambling for the clinch. He really hasn’t faced an opponent with the kind of firepower Jackson brings since … well, since the last time he fought Jackson.
Don’t consider this a straight endorsement of Quinton Jackson though. If Jackson doesn’t come in ready to push the pace and throw leather, I don’t think he’s going to win. But this is definately the best opportunity anyone has had in a long time. Chuck’s head might be somewhere else, and Rampage has the striking ability. One thing’s for sure: this is gonna be a war.
And now I’m really gone till Sunday!