Chuck Liddell: ‘To me, pre-fight touching is not OK’
Chuck Liddell, one of the most popular MMA fighters in the UFC and a man known for being hard intimidate and carrying heavy hands, spoke to MMAjunkie recently about the increasing amount of pre-fight brawls between slated fighters. If you are already marked to fight each other in the ring, why get worked up before then? That’s how Liddell describes his opinion in his latest interview.
“I’m sorry, I’m a pretty respectful guy, and I don’t get upset before a fight,” said Liddell to MMAjunkie. “I figure the staredown is for the fans, because we’re not fighting for another 24 hours, so there’s no reason to fight, right? You’re going to get upset right now? You waited too long to get fired up for 24 hours.
“So if someone starts to press my face, I’m immediately pushing them away, if not hitting them. If they come back the wrong way, they’re getting hit. It’s just not OK.”
“To me, touching is not OK. We’re fighting. Don’t touch me. I remember the first time I was fighting in Brazil. I fought ‘Pele’. He came up to me before the fight, bumped into me, threw a shoulder into me at the weigh-ins. I’m like, ‘Dude. C’mon, man. We’re getting paid to fight in 24 hours. C’mon, relax.’ He didn’t understand what I said, I think. But whatever, man. I laughed it off. We’re fighting in 24 hours. Relax.
“There’s no reason to get excited. I understand, and Wanderlei Silva pulling that card, they were teammates. So I get it.”