Chuck Liddell was on the Big O and Dukes show today, and it was a pretty entertaining interview. One thing that stuck out and kinda made me go hmmm was Chuck’s attempt at a rhetorical question: “Who would deserve a title shot more than me?”
Someone should tell Chuck that rhetorical questions only work when the obvious answer is the answer you want it to be. In this case I can think of a few people who deserve a shot before you:
Quinton Jackson: Beat you handily twice, lost the belt in a controversial judges decision. You’re fucking lucky he went loopy and played bumper cars with God on the freeway, Chuck.
Lyoto Machida: Perfect record, 5 wins in the UFC. The closest he’s ever come to losing was with that Tito Ortiz triangle choke. Past that he’s looked pretty damned un-not-winnable-against. I’d use ‘unbeatable’, but considering his bullshit ‘elusive’ style, I don’t think he deserves it. One thing he does deserve though if he beats Thiago Silva is a title shot. Chuck, you’re lucky there’s about a 1 in 1000 chance of Machida pulling off anything other than an ultra-boring decision.
Now lets look back at Chuck Liddell who’s fighting Rashad Evans. Rashad fucking Evans. And somehow beating Evans = title shot? Machida’s gotta beat Silva. Jackson is gonna have to beat Shogun or Wanderlei. Both these guys have harder opponents than Chuck, yet Chuck still thinks he’s the most deserving of a title shot.
Yeah, yeah. We can’t expect fighters to be modest – we all saw Cheick Kongo ask for a title shot with a straight face, after all. But we can still call them out when they do it.