UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell has been retired from the sport after suffering back-to-back-to-back knockout losses, but he will always be remembered as one of the most exciting fighters in mixed martial arts history and as a fighter that was always coming out to put on a show. If Liddell didn’t score the knockout, he was likely to be on the wrong end of a fight ending punch. That style led to the end of his career, but it also helped build his legacy.
Liddell was able to earn 13 knockout finishes during his time in the sport, but now as a senior VP at Zuffa LLC, Liddell seems to see fighters not fighting with the same killer instinct that helped make the fight popular.
Instead, Liddell seems fighters playing it safe and just hoping to get another fight.
For the current crop of fighters who are looking to make a major impact and make their mark on the sport, Liddell has some great advice on how to get noticed and make a splash on the scene.
“I’d really have to talk to the guys to see if that’s really what they’re doing” Liddell said, via U-T San Diego. “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?” Liddell said. “Go out and win! Make it exciting, go knock him out, finish the fight.”
Most mixed martial arts fans would have to agree.
Point fighting has resulted in a number of stale fights that litter the fight cards and it has lead to a watered down and less appealing product in the octagon.
UFC president Dana White has done his best to reward fighters who go out their and actually fight and he urges them to put on stellar performances, but some fight camps and coaches tend to take the safer approach and extend their career despite losing fans in the process.
If current fighters are listening to Liddell, let’s hope the Hall of Famers words are enough to motivate them and get them to go into their next fight looking to score a finish and fight night bonus.