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Chuck Liddell Responds To Dana White’s Comments

It has taken him some time but former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has finally responded to some comments made by UFC president and close friend Dana White.

Liddell told Fighters Only Magazine that he was unfazed by statements made by White which insinuated that Liddell needed to win impressively against former Pride superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua next Saturday at UFC 97. The card which will be held in Montreal is headlined by a middleweight championship bout between number one contender Thales Leites and champion Anderson Silva.

White went on record not so long ago as saying that he did not want to see Liddell get hurt and that he not only needed to win against Rua but had to be impressive in doing so otherwise it may be time for Liddell to hang up his gloves. Liddell also went on to say that he was planning on performing as he always has and that he was hopeful that was enough to keep White interested in him as a fighter.

White and Liddell began their relationship long before White was the president of the UFC. White was not only Liddell’s manager but Tito Ortiz‘s as well. The two remain very close and have been synonymous with the success of the UFC. Liddell went on to say that he doesn’t see any reason to worry about any other fight than the one that he has in front of him and that he has a tough opponent and remains focused on his task at hand.

Liddell has lost three of his past four fights with two of them coming by brutal knockout to former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and current title holder Rashad Evans. He also lost a split decision to Keith Jardine while winning an exciting unanimous decision in an all-out war against Wanderlei Silva.

Rua’s debut in the UFC came with no shortage of excitement nor fanfare but he turned in an unimpressive performance in losing via third round submission to Forrest Griffin. His cardio was virtually non-existent and he showed none of the skills that made him one of the most feared strikers during his days in the Pride organization. He went on the have knee surgery and was out for almost a year and a half. He returned in January of this year and defeated 44 year old Mark Coleman in a sloppy fight that also saw Rua lose steam early in the bout. This fight is very important for him as the UFC has no room for unproductive fighters.

  • GetItOn says:

    Not really much of a response. Good I guess. That means that he is focused and I am really excited to see him get another KO. Hopefully he’ll show more than just his standup

  • wardog says:

    I hope Chuck smashes Shogun. You notice Dana is not saying anything about him? I would love to see a rejuvinated Iceman come back throw some new twists into his game and make a succesful title run (if not win it). Right now as much as the UFC LHW division is deep, aside from Rampage (when he’s on) the talent level is not that high as it once was (when Chuck had the belt). And again with the exception of Rampage I would argue that if Liddell’s skills have declined in recent years, it has only brought him down to a level playing field with the rest of the pack.

  • s00nertp says:

    I am a huge Shogun fan, but I sort of agree with wardog on wanting Chuck to dominate.

    As much as I want the old Shogun back, it looks to me like he has just quit. His cardio was horrid. I dont really want to see him in the same state again.

    this fight is a win / win for both fighters though. Chuck wins = he is back in the game, it will probably be a knockout.

    Shogun wins = hopefully means he is back.. somehow I only see him winning by decision.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    If Chuck is willing to fight and brings in the crowds he will fight in the UFC or elsewhere. Dana wont want him to fight anywhere but the UFC. Randy lost 2 from 3 at LHW only to get a automatic title shot at HW. Maybe Chuck will be the next “HW champion” lol.

    As for the fight vs Shogun, I predict Lidell by TKO 2nd rd.

    P.S. Could somebody tell Ken to hang up the steroids and retire please. He is tainting my memories of early UFCs.

  • jdesko23 says:

    Chuck – TKO – 2:43 Round 2

    calling it. =P

    if Shogun looks anything like he did against Coleman it’ll be over in the first, was hard to watch both of those guys gas so damn quick.

    and MMA-LOGIC…..i say the Shamrock bro’s finally fight each other once Ken’s suspension is over and then both of them retire and disappear(at least Ken.)


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