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Chuck Liddell Urges Fighters to Finish Fights

 

In a time where it seems that any loss in the UFC could mean your last fight in the Octagon, fighters have a justifiable reason to be tentative during a fight, if it means that they can coast to a victory.

Some notable cuts as of late have been Jon Fitch, who had arguably his most active fights in his last few outings with the UFC and hadn’t even lost two in a row, and Leonard Garcia, who is 1-6 in his last seven with the sole win coming by way of extremely controversial decision.  Two fan favorite fighters, one at the top of the division, and the other, bringing the fight to his opponent most of the time.

But the UFC seems to see a bigger picture on the horizon with its tuned up roster.

Now, former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, is speaking out against a slow fighter and urges them to look for the finish.

In an interview with UT San Diego, ‘The Iceman’ had this to say:

“I’d really have to talk to the guys to see if that’s really what they’re doing. I see it like guys are trying a lot more to just get their win so they can get their next fight. When we were doing it, it was a lot more about just going out and fighting. I hate hearing in a UFC corner ‘you won the first four rounds, just stay away from him this round.’ The guy doesn’t have a knockout punch, hasn’t taken you down the whole fight, why do you have to go be afraid of him? Go out and win! Make it exciting, go knock him out, finish the fight.”

These words come from a reliable source when it comes to finishing fights as Liddell built a career on doing just that. Will his statement fall on deaf ears, however? As fighters struggle to keep their jobs at the mid to lower levels of the sport, will they test their luck on finishing fights or at least participating in entertaining ones, or will they instead focus solely on winning no matter what the fans or UFC brass thinks, just to secure that next fight?

 

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30 Comments to Chuck Liddell Urges Fighters to Finish Fights

  1. doc says:

    When fighting was fighting…

  2. 757 says:

    The Ice Man will always be a an all time favorite of mine. What a beast and true fighter. Indeed when fighting was fighting ^^+1

  3. drew says:

    mma is becoming extremely boring as of late, we need people like chuck again, im glad fitch is gone, was never gonna be champ and his fights were BORING, like loosing money for the UFC boring

  4. Shawn says:

    I don’t believe fighters have to finish fights. It would be great, but in this day and age, fighters are getting better, stronger, faster. And finishing fights get harder. But, when you fight, you should fight as if your laying everything on the line, and at least TRY to finish the fight. None of this, “I can win on points” bs. I’d rather lose a fight knowing I gave it everything I had, than to win knowing I just tried to squeak by.

  5. Robb says:

    I think the problem is a catch 22.

    You have wrestlers that join the sport and aren’t that good at anything except wrestling. Naturally they want to keep control of you. That’s where this comes into play. I agree with Chuck. If you weed out people trying to make money and keep people trying to win fights, I think the MMA is better off. So what if a guy has a couple of losses, so long as he puts on a show. I’d much rather that, than a lay and pray guy.

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