UFC legend Chuck Liddell cut off his mohawk for charity.
UFC legend Chuck Liddell cut off his mohawk for charity.
CHUCK LIDDELL: ICED MAN
UFC 115 featured a classic. Chuck Liddell likely ended his career Saturday night in Vancouver, but what a way to go out! Liddell appeared to be winning the fight when he was caught by a Rich Franklin knockout punch with just seconds left in the first round.
Just as Liddell’s career appeared to flicker out, Franklin’s was reborn with one of the gutsiest performances in UFC history. He actually suffered a broken arm yet managed to overcome the pain and knock Liddell out.
Cro Kop, Martin Kampmann, Ben Rothwell, and Carlos Condit were other winners at UFC 115 but the night belonged to the former champions Franklin and Liddell.
If this were four years ago, the stable of fighters assembled for UFC 115 would have made the event one of the most impressive MMA cards in history. Instead, Saturday’s lineup in Vancouver, B.C. features a number of onetime great fighters looking to make comebacks.
The main event features former UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin. Liddell may be the most popular fighter in UFC history. He was the organization’s light heavyweight champion and reeled off a string of seven straight UFC title wins from April of ’04 through December of ’06, defeating noted fighters like Tito Ortiz (twice) and Randy Couture along the way. In fact, Liddell put together one of the most amazing periods in MMA history, winning 14 of 15 fights from 1999-early 2007.
However, recently, Liddell has fallen on hard times. Beginning with a loss to Rampage Jackson in May of 2007, he has lost four of his last five matches. Three of those loses were knockouts. Liddell was beseiged by injuries and rumors of poor training habits, public drunkenness and even alcoholism. Things got so bad that UFC president Dana White actually begged Liddell to retire. Now 40, Liddell is back (with the blessing of White) and claims to be in the best shape of his life.
The Ice Man’s opponent Saturday will be another faded UFC star, Rich Franklin. Franklin became the middleweight champion at UFC 53. He held the UFC middleweight belt for more than two years before losing to Anderson Silva in October of ’06. It’s been rough sledding for Franklin ever since. He, too, has been beset by injuries and has lost four times since ’06, including twice to Silva. That latest lost to Silva, at 185, caused Franklin to change weight classes. He and Liddell will fight as light heavyweights.
A third UFC 115 fighter on the comeback trail is former Japanese MMA legend and PRIDE Grand Prix Tournament winner Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Cro Cop, frankly, has sucked since joining UFC in 2007. He broke down this week and discussed his Octagon failures in a brilliant article by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports.
MIRKO “CRO COP” FILIPOVIC
CHUCK LIDDELL AND TITO ORTIZ
Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports reports that Tito Ortiz made a fleeting reference to fellow UFC fighter Chuck Liddell as “an alcoholic.” Ortiz made his comments in an interview with MMAJunkie.
There is no love lost between Liddell and Ortiz. Liddell defeated Ortiz twice-by a tko at UFC 47 in April of 2004, and another technical knockout at UFC 66 in December of 2006. The pair also coached against each other in the UFC based reality tv series The Ultimate Fighter.
UFC legend Chuck Liddell has been named a cast member for the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars” The former light heavyweight champion used to date singer Willa Ford when she was on Season Three of the show.
Entertainer and one-time teen idol Donny Osmond will also be on the show. So will former politician Tom DeLay.
CHUCK LIDDELL AND HIS INJURED HAMSTRING TO APPEAR ON DANCING WITH THE STARS
ANDERSON SILVA WON AGAIN, BUT THE REAL STORY FROM UFC 97 WAS CHUCK LIDDELL’S LOSS
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva won for a UFC-record ninth straight time Saturday night. Silva defeated Thales Leites at UFC 97 in Montreal, Quebec. Although the fight went the distance, Silva was the clear victor gaining a unanimous decision. That doesn’t mean the Canadian fans were happy. In fact, Silva was actually showered with boos after the match for not disposing of his opponent in a more dominant fashion. This despite displacing Royce Gracie in the UFC record books. Fans also taunted Silva after his last lackluster match against Patrick Cote. He was booed at UFC 90 after Cote’s knee gave out.
While Silva was enjoying unprecedented UFC glory (or at least success), light heavyweight Chuck Liddell, once the most popular and seemingly invincible fighter in the sport, was suffering his fourth loss in his last five bouts. Liddell was knocked out in the first round by former Pride star “Shogun” Rua. Liddell, now approaching 40, faces the very real prospect of retirement. Following the match, UFC President Dana White went so far as saying, “You’ll never see Chuck Liddell on the canvas again.”
CHUCK LIDDELL LITERALLY TAKES IT ON THE CHIN FROM MAURICIO “SHOGUN” RUA
In the entire history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, no fighter has ever won nine fights in a row. Middleweight champion Anderson Silva attempts to do just that Saturday night at UFC 97.
Silva takes on Thales Leites in the main event which takes place in Montreal. An even more compelling fighter on the card is Chuck Liddell. The Iceman is arguably the most popular fighter in UFC history. However, Liddell has lost three of his last four matches since 2007 (to Quinton Jackson, Keith Jardine and Rashad Evans.) Liddell is literally fighting for his UFC life against Shogun Rua.
Other fighters on the UFC 97 card include Cheick Kongo, Jason McDonald, Nate Quarry and Ed Herman.
Legendary former Ultimate Fighting champion Chuck Liddell suffered a major loss Saturday night at UFC 88 in Atlanta.
Liddell was caught with a one-punch knockout by Rashad Evans. Evans remains undefeated in UFC and is now a major player at 205 lbs. Meanwhile, it was Liddell’s third loss in his last four fights and was particularly disappointing following his December win over Wanderlei Silva.
Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt and Jason McDonald were other winners on the UFC 88 card.
CHUCK LIDDELL BACK IN THE DAY AGAINST TITO ORTIZ
Fan favorite Chuck Liddell takes on Rashad Evans at UFC 88 this weekend. It’s Liddell’s first fight since he defeated Wanderlai Silva in UFC 79. He has been nursing a hamstring injury.
CHUCK LIDDELL’S INJURED HAMSTRING
Liddell was the longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion. Evans was the winner of season two of the UFC reality tv show The Ultimate Fighter. He is undefeated as a UFC fighter.
Former UFC champion Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, and Karo Parisyan are also on the card.