UFC president Dana White has known Chuck Liddell for many years, managing him, directing him and now working alongside him.
So when White looks at Ronda Rousey and sees her willingness to do whatever the UFC needs, he can make an easy comparison.
“Ronda called me and said, ‘I want to fight,’” said White, during an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “She wants to stay busy, she wants to keep fighting. If oyu tell her she can’t fight, she’ll tell you to, ‘(Expletive) you, I want to fight.’
“Ronda is my new Chuck Liddell. Seriously. She’s my new Chuck Liddell. She will fight anybody, anywhere, anytime.”
Rousey (9-0) will return to the Octagon this July and meet Alexis Davis for her UFC female bantamweight title. The bout is scheduled to be the co-main event of UFC 175, which takes place during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
For the former Olympian, it’s been an incredibly busy stretch. She completed filming The Ultimate Fighter last year and moved directly into training to meet Miesha Tate in December and film her roles for “The Expendables 3″ overseas at the same time.
After that, she jumped right back into camp to meet Sara McMann in February before returning home and filming more movie roles for “The Entourage” project. Now, after taking just a few weeks off, she will fight again in a few months.
“She wants to fight,” White said. “She’ll fight back-to-back. She’ll fight on 24 hours’ notice. She’s the new Chuck Liddell.”
Liddell (21-8) retired in 2010 after a loss to Rich Franklin. He competed just once in 2008, ’09 and ’10, but before that, was fighting almost three times a year for the UFC from his debut in 1998 to 2007.
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