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Chuck Liddell’s Revamped Game Plan: Avoid Right Hands

(Yep, still painful to watch.)

Want to know how Chuck Liddell’s going to beat “Shogun” Rua at UFC 97?  Simple: keep his eyes open and avoid right hands.  That’s essentially what Olympic gold medalist boxer Howard Davis Jr., who helped train Liddell for this fight, told  Davis said he spent a lot of time working with Liddell on “avoiding the right hand, slipping and blocking the right.”

That sounds almost so basic as to be stupid, but then you remember Liddell’s recent knockout losses to both Rashad Evans and “Rampage” Jackson.  The right hand counter did him in both times.  Now he’s got Davis helping him, so, problem solved?

Maybe it’s not that easy, but he’s also been helping Chuck keep his eyes open during the fight:

“Chuck needs to see punches coming at him.” started Davis Jr. “Some fighters close their eyes before a punch hits them and they don’t watch the punch come at them which means they don’t have enough time to slip. I’ll use the analogy of a pitcher throwing the ball at someone who can hit a baseball extremely well like a Barry Bonds or a Hank Aaron. The reason these guys were exceptional was because they could see the ball come out of the pitchers glove and were able to slow the ball down so to speak so they could hit it. It’s the same with defense. If you don’t see the punch coming nine times out of ten you are going to get hit.”

Remember when Evans said that one of the things that helped him know exactly when to hit Liddell was waiting for him “to make that face”? Maybe that face is the one where he closes his eyes.  Again, problem solved.  Thanks, Howard.  Look the fuck out, Shogun.

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Anonymous- April 20, 2009 at 2:19 pm
you guys host your images on a free photobucket account? i thought this website got tons of traffic? Why not use ads, link exchanges, etc. There's ways to come up for bandwidth money.
Superman- April 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm
He was too busy looking at the right hand to realize the the left one knocking him out. Thanks Howard Davis Jr.
Ozone- April 18, 2009 at 11:59 am
The Iceman's gonna clean shogun's clock! KO of the night!
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- April 18, 2009 at 7:29 am
I hope Shogun destroys this alcoholic faggot
Loosk- April 18, 2009 at 5:32 am
Dana White was on Off the Record on TSN the other night and said if Chuck loses tonight he WILL retire... its a bout F'n time cause he's a speedbag at this point...
KTFO- April 18, 2009 at 3:24 am
Maybe Chuck just has trouble fighting black guys. It could be the extra muscle.
The Lizardking- April 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm
Greatest GIF ever
Antisocial- April 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm
Chuck looks good taking a nap on the Octagon canvas.
NotStudying- April 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm
For Shogun to beat Liddell he must be patient, because liddell is a counter puncher, might be boring but it worked for him when he was a champion.....

I like Shogun but if he isn't patient and not in condition then he mind as well just give Liddell the go ahead win...

when any fighter does not prepare for their opponent then they have a big possibility to lose. So i hope both of them come prepared.
Anonymous- April 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm
Everyone loves to hate on chuck and anytime someone says something possative about him you act like they are a bunch of fruit baskets grabbing at the liddell banana. Yet you act you talk with a mouth full of any fighters wang that fights against him.
Dana White sucks!- April 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm
I like the photoshop picture of Chuckie landing on the birthday cake......classic!
FUCKJUNIEand hisBROTHER!- April 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm
I gotta go with Anonymous there I didnt see that as tough to watch, Matter of fact I can't wait to see Suga do that to the sleeping dragon GODDAMN thats one boring mutherfucker! Can't wait for Lyoto to catch Suga with one of those Tae Kwon Do kicks then Suga proceeds to kiss his hand and grab his nuts again! that shit was golden...GOLDEN I tell ya!
Anonymous- April 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm
i'm going to be balidgerent after iceman's win too. i'm also going to be eggsited, possibly even eleighted... and then i realized that much like a lidell win, none of those are real either.
walrus- April 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm
Who do you think put that caption?
Anonymous- April 17, 2009 at 3:43 pm
Who's the Chuck lover who's idea it was to caption that as painful to watch?

As far as i'm concerned that's one of the best moments in mma history.

Hopefully before Chuck is put out to pasture it happens at least one more time.
Fuck you Mikey- April 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm
my name says enough
VegasBJJ- April 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm
I agree with razzle469. Nighty-Night Iceman.
Mikey- April 17, 2009 at 3:33 pm
and what happened to the post of the 97 Countdown on Megavideo?

This site is a straight up fail
Mikey- April 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm
How fhuking pointless is this post? You might as well just have posted the gif
Anonymous420- April 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm
pain full indeed. its gonna be good fights on caturday
Josh - April 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm
I will be getting absolutely balidgerent after that fight, if Liddell wins via KO or TKO, while celebrating the Icemans comeback.

Silva via TKO 2 min into round 2.

Liddell via KO 3 min into round 3 (when shoguns gas tank runs empty)
razzle469- April 17, 2009 at 3:10 pm
As much as I like Chuck he is going to lose this fight. Everyone has underestimated Rua for this one - When he fought griffin he had just gotten married and was coming from a honeymoon. Yes he was gassed in the last fight. And that was because of a 16 month lay off. The man is vicious and I think Chucks going to be the first in UFC to find that out.

Anonymous- April 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm