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Chuck Liddell Wants To Fight Everyone

(A black & white photo makes it uber classy, no?)

The Iceman has spoken about who he wants to fight next (after UFC 85) and it includes the usual suspects, plus a new entry. Liddell thinks he should be the one to take down Fedor Emelianenko. Chuck spoke to The Sun recently and had this to say about a possible match-up with the Russian badass:

“Fedor’s someone I want to fight because he’s someone I match up well with. He’s a ground and pound guy that doesn’t have a great shot. He doesn’t have a great game plan.

“I think I could take him. I think I match up well with him.

“As far as I know he’s never knocked anyone out from his feet and I think he’d have a hard time taking me down.”

Liddell goes on to say he might consider a move up to the heavyweight division once he’s done with light heavyweight. By “done”, we assume he means beating Rampage, Jardine, Wanderlei Silva again, and successfully defending the belt against someone like Dana-favorite Sokoudjou.

On the Wanderlei rematch:

“Of course I’d consider fighting Wanderlei again. If he wants to fight me after I get the title this year then I’d like to fight him the way it was supposed to go down first time round – with us fighting for the title.”

This all despite the recent claim by Yahoo’s Kevin Iole that “Wanderlei Silva plans to drop to 185 after his May 24 fight with Keith Jardine and UFC president Dana White said Tuesday he wouldn’t mind a Silva vs. Silva bout sometime later this year.” While a move to middleweight for Silva is a whole different subject – if it did happen, who else would Liddell want a piece of? He kept talking to The Sun in a separate story and promised Keith Jardine a title shot if Chuck regains the light heavyweight belt. Check it out:

“Of course I’d consider a rematch with him – that’s one of the things I really want to do. I want to get back and settle that, I was off that night, I wasn’t quite me at UFC 76.

“I don’t know if he’s someone who can get into title contention – we’ll see what happens – but if I’ve got the title then for sure, I’m going to ask for him. When I get the title back I’m going to ask for a fight against him. I’m going to give him a shot at it.”

Not sure if Jardine is “someone who can get into title contention?” Didn’t he kick your ass last year? Are you sippin’ the syrup again, Chuck? Anyway, the Iceman is obviously banking on fighting the winner of the Rampage Jackson/Forrest Griffin battle set for Independence Weekend. Liddell was to battle Maricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 85 on June 7th, but his opponent blew out his ACL and had to withdraw. Shogun – who undergoes surgery on his knee on March 8th – still wants the fight, according to MMA Fightline:

“I’m calm,” said Rua. “I have to operate, there is no other way. I hope Chuck waits for me (laughs)”

Rua is confident about his return to the octagon, “I’ll be back likely in August.”

Sorry, but an August return is pushing it for this type of injury. Did I mention I’m a doctor? Yeah, it’s true. Liddell didn’t mention Shogun in all his future conquests and also barely spoke of his next bout versus Rashad Evans. Can’t blame him, because there’s not much to say.

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unclejammin- August 7, 2008 at 12:45 am
i'd like to see liddle /wanderlei in a ring ,where real men fight. the cage is too often used to pin people down. i say put'em in a ring. remember chuck lost once to rampage in a ring. dont get me wrong i think chucks style is better suited for a ring, and since silva has already fought chuck in a cage i feel its only fair for chuck to fight silva where silva is best.
MMAfighter87- April 16, 2008 at 9:37 pm
Rampage did not beat chuck liddells ass... Chuck just got caught, there is a big difference. I am dying to see a 3rd fight and if Rampage pulls it off then i will give him his much deserved props. Wand is still a HUGE threat in the LHW however.. he took chucks best shots and didnt drop once and landed some huge blows on the iceman. I believe he could still pull of another 17+ streak.
Poopscoop- April 8, 2008 at 11:45 am
I think he was being sarcastic dru. And u can either look at it as somone who knows MMA or some dink who goes about trash talking and personal preferance. as far as the MMA perspective goes, he has as good a chance as anyone to beat fedor. I dont really like chuck but hese a good fighter and i would have to say he has a better chance then randy does.
Dru_Down- March 13, 2008 at 5:12 am
Maximus is a funny do you get lucky twice against Randy. The Iceman is a knock out artist with excellent take down defense. Perfect formula to beat Fedor just like he beat
Maximus- March 13, 2008 at 5:11 am
Chuck liddel would get his bitch ass kicked by fedor he cant even beaT RAMPAGE and now he wants to fight fedor thats funny.. Now Randy would fuck up Fedor though he lost to liddel. Liddel got lucky like he always did
Steve-O- March 8, 2008 at 11:23 pm
haha, i totally agree. i'm not really a huge fan of chuck, regardless of how effective he's been in the past. i just hate to hear some lame ass internet blogger say that he doesn't have a chin. what a douchebag, i got something for your chin beeeeyaaaatch!

and chuck could beat james thompson any day of the week bitches, ha
The Truth- March 8, 2008 at 9:46 pm
I would love to see Chuck move up to HW, he would be retired inside of two fights. Who could he beat that would be considered fights of his (overhyped) caliber? Maybe some of the other past their prime former champions like Tim or Arlovski? He's not even in the top 5 at light heavyweight.

Maybe the Donald will let him on Celebrity Apprentice next season.
Joey- March 8, 2008 at 9:45 pm
Chuck might be hard to take to the ground, but Fedor isn't just anyone. Fedor would not only take him to the ground, but he would destroy him once there, either by armbar or strikes. The guy is a cyborg and does not stop.
Steve-O- March 8, 2008 at 7:51 pm
jdizz: Liddell has been knocked out more than a few times??? how many is a few? in my eyes a few is....oh, maybe 2-4? well he's been knocked out twice by rampage, and stopped with strikes once by couture. it's one thing to say you think fedor will beat him, but to say he can't take a punch.......wuhahahahah, hilarious. especially after the caliber of fighters he's faced nearly his entire career.
dysphunktion- March 8, 2008 at 7:36 pm
I don't see Chuck beating Rampage. I'm not even sure if I see another fight between the two. I also would love to see a Silva V Rampage match up. That would be very interesting.
IFMDamon- March 8, 2008 at 10:40 am
As much as I respect Fedor, and have second thoughts about Liddel these days, I think I agree with Liddel with this one. I think the last 10+ fights, Chuck has not been taken to the ground in at least the first 2 rounds (and he hasn't been fighting chumps), and no one has been able to keep him down. And as for hand speed, I always thought Fedor's hands were a little slow, and his best game is on the ground, and there won't be none of that. Chuck nows what he's doing. He has the best takedown defense ever. Even better than BJ.
jdizz- March 8, 2008 at 8:14 am
dont get me wrong liddel is a legend, but hes been knocked out more then a few times. Liddel fedor would be interesting but he cant take a hit on the chin, liddel anderson silva? that would be exciting an unorthodoxed striker vs technical, but my moneys on silva for that! No disrespect to any fighter theyre all tough!
Tano- March 8, 2008 at 4:41 am
Liddel vs Anderson Silva ??? is it possible?
Thanks- March 8, 2008 at 4:27 am
Way to hate on Chuck you stupid ass mother fucker. Who ever wrote this is probably some fucking loser that sits on Sherdog all the time ranting about how they miss Pride and their juiced up fighters. Bias mother fucker.
headfuct- March 7, 2008 at 10:36 pm
black and white have to be colors if they show up in crayons.
Knightrider- March 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm
Take away his 2 losses (how many fighters have never lost?) and everyone would be pushin for a fedor/chuck fight. I think it would be one the most anticipated, exciting fights. More so than fedor/couture for sure.
shutupandfight- March 7, 2008 at 1:21 pm
Q: what's crazier- Liddell, a shithouse rat...or me?

A: me...cuz i think he could pull it off.

Leddell beats up Silva for 4 rounds...Silva beat up Cro Cop pretty good before he got ktfoed...CC faired well with his standup against Fedor he just couldn't keep it standing up.

Liddell is a GREAT natural fighter...very quick feet...outstanding balance and underrated grappling skills...and last but not least incredible power and timing with his fists.

call me a shithouse rat but i think he has a better chance of knocking off Fedor than any other name out there.
Jef- March 7, 2008 at 11:14 am
So... Chuck gets his ass kicked by Rampage and Jardine, gets a win over Silva, and now he thinks he can take on the best HW.
Jonathan- March 7, 2008 at 8:33 am
Heres how it should go:

1) Winner of the liddell/evans VS thiago silva...

2) Winner of Jardine/Wandy VS winner of liddell/evans/silva

3) Winner of above takes on Machida (im sure hes going to beat tito)

4) Winner of above takes on rampage/griffin for the title
vanessa- March 7, 2008 at 7:57 am
chuck liddel taught chuck norris. chuck liddel is the man. i would like to see any of you "big talkers ' take him on. lol. yeah chuck!
Grant- March 7, 2008 at 4:22 am
The Truth speaks the truth. Why would Fedor, THE world champion and *master* of sambo ever have a problem dropping Liddell? No way... This guy's take-down skills are off the charts...
lolwut- March 7, 2008 at 4:21 am
Explain to me how he got lucky against silva lol.
The Truth- March 7, 2008 at 2:54 am
Liddell is a chump and its starting to show. A fighter who got caught up in the celebrity life and has suffered for it. He got lucky against Silva, he would stand no chance against Fedor, none.
Bundy- March 7, 2008 at 2:39 am
I would love to see Chuck vs Fedor! After all Chuck did beat Couture twice. I think Chuck should move up tp heavyweight now. He has a little problem standing in his way for the light heavyweight title. Hint: 6'1, black, and howls, alot!
alan- March 7, 2008 at 2:28 am
Just hope he wont fuck up again like the jardine fight maaan that was bad for this sport and damn did I want to die after seeing that uhh..