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Chuck “Old Dog” Liddell Decides to Learn New Tricks

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Good news for people who don’t like to see Chuck Liddell getting knocked out, in the same way, over and over again. The Sun-Sentinel reports that the 39-year-old Iceman has begun addressing some holes in his game over at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida:

After a brutal knockout loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 88 in Atlanta, Liddell started participating in a few training sessions with some of the nation’s top fighters and coaches, including Ricardo Liborio at ATT, to "round out his skills," said his longtime trainer, John Hackleman.
"He was down here during our seminar for a few days training, left and then came back about a week later for a few more days," said ATT general manager Richie Guerriero. "His trainer likes our team and trusts Liborio, so the door is open for Chuck to come back down to help train for his next fight."

So Chuck is stepping outside of his comfort zone in order to turn his losing streak around and become a contender again. But is it too little, too late?

Though he has openly talked about his desire for rematches with Keith Jardine and Rashad Evans, Liddell’s next opponent will reportedly be either Mauricio Rua or the loser of UFC 93′s Rich Franklin/Dan Henderson scrap — all of whom are capable of handing Chuck his fourth loss in five fights, unless he can find a drastically different approach to fighting at ATT. Liddell plans to return to the Octagon in March or April; April seems more likely considering his three potential opponents all have fights scheduled this month.

Related: Another fading light-heavyweight legend, Wanderlei Silva, may be moving down to middleweight in order to revive his career. Ideally, he’d like to have a rematch with Liddell before making the move: 

“I want to fight with him again because I had a good match with him, and his style is a good style for me, and my style is good for him. It’s good for the show. Maybe it’s good for Dana…I’m going to study what I need to change, what I need to train different. Because now my cardio is the best cardio in my life. I have a very good condition. Now, I need to change a little bit of my technique to come back to win.”

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chuck's penis- January 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm
Bootylam!- January 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Give it up Chuck fans, he's done. It's called age, you can't fight it. He may win a couple more but his championship days are OVER.
god thats hilarious- January 8, 2009 at 5:54 am
strikers he has beat mmmmm wandy armar sobral pele alistar but this is the ufc am sure liddell has had hundreds of kickboxing matches.rampage said he got hit the hardest by randelman chuck wasted randelman.chuck wasted tito twice and rashad lost to tito imo.some of you guys think you no it all but chuck has 10 years on all his opponents and not everyone is randy.the most rare thing in fighting is when top tier fighters meet in thier prime always think about this instead of thinking like this fucking shit staber above me.
Your Mom- January 7, 2009 at 11:06 am
Chuck Gaydell is an embarrassment to Kempo Striking at this point in time.
Dagnut- January 6, 2009 at 11:34 am
give me a list of really good strikers chuck beat? I mean guys with knockout power like evans and rampage..the striking in the sport has come on leaps and bounds..evans is a dick but he is a good boxer with that you always have a chance..rampages compact style as well is hard to topple..BUT does anyone think chuck started chasing people in his last few fights rather than counter fighting as he used to? my best memories of chuck are watching him counter punch and slip..and i dont mean finishing fights... i mean his style from the outset..he rushed it against evans chased him and became wreckless..people can fight with lowish hands how many times have you seen it in boxing..but its always counter punchers as chuck used to be..just my opinion but chuck was always better going back...evans the dick was prepared to stay well away from chuck... and drew him in..then PHOW right in the kisser..thats all she wrote say good by to your career
Redboy- January 6, 2009 at 10:15 am
Honestly, Chuck is a cool dude, but the way he freaking has his hands down stocking his prey, he is more than likely going to get caught again. He was great in his prime but now hes slower. Dont get me wrong, home boy has some badass knockout power but you just cant drop your hands against opponets that are faster than you. Pick up your hands! Drop them and get Droped again!

Wanderlei is awsome dude and i like the way that he fights agressive and power behind those punches unfortunately he got caught with jacksons left hook. Wandy went for the power combos and rampage just caught him right on the chin.

Rashad Evans is awesome and he's a tuff dude. Great fighter but i freaking hate how he does his stupid showboating in the octogon, but again hes the champ, gotta give him props. I just cant believe Forrest didnt do a lot on the ground, he even said that he didnt do anyting on the ground, and that he was better than that.

I just cant wait for the Gorges "Rush" St. Pierre vs B.J Penn fight! that is going to be an awesome fight. Who ever wins I think is the best pound for pound in the world and should fight Anderson "Spider" Silva to see who is the bes pound for pound in the world.

BuckWild- January 6, 2009 at 9:47 am
I think Chuck vs Shogun would be good! Poor Shogun ! He has had some bad luck too.

I think if Chuck can fight maybe 3 times this year and start winning he could hold the belt for a short time and retire. Maybe defend it once and retire. That would be storybook...
Torque- January 6, 2009 at 5:57 am
I think Chuck still has some years of fighting life left in him. He DOES need to re-vamp his training and fitness regimin. Chuck is still fast and quick with a flurry when he sees that he's got an opponte hurt. But, in recent fights he has been beaten by his own fighting style. Other fighters are watching their opponets tape extensively and looking for any flaw in their style. With that said, Chucks biggest flaw that I can see when I watch his fights, is that he telegraphs most all of his power shots. When he does this he most always leaves hiself open for a counterstrike as in the Rashad Evans fight.

In my opinion I think Chuck needs to tighten up his stand-up a bit and use diffrent methods like incorporating a good Clinch Fight style utilizing some knees from the clinch and quit trying to rely on counter striking. Combine that with a streamlined and "new" ground attack to take opponets off guard, and I think he can put himself back on the track to winning.

In todays MMA skill level, everyone needs to evolve their gameplan and training because it's an ever changing sport with fighters becoming even more competitive.
just some dizzong- January 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm
@ Kimbo

they're making funny pics of it because it was a funny-looking knockout. kids today, I tell ya. but that's the risk you run by fighting in a cage when you should be bouncing grandkids off your knee. (Ok, ok, so he's not that old...)

Chuck's probably finished tho. In a sport this rough, there's got to be a point where you just don't have it anymore, and Chuck has probably gotten there. He looked sloooooooooow against sugar... almost like molasses, if you will. (ugh...sorry.) There are just too many young, dangerous dudes out there now that the sport is being taken seriously by real atheletes. It's sad, because Chuck's a cool guy (or so it seems) and a helluva exciting fighter to watch. But he had a great run and is probably richer than shit and has a great retirement to look forward to whenever he chooses to accept it. so I can't feel too bad for him.

On the other hand, I would love to watch Chuck and Franklin go at it. That could be a sweet standup fight with a gnarly knockout. Franklin's far from the fastest striker around; he more likes to pick guys apart it seems. That could be a great war.

And Jardine whooped chuck so bad! Come on now. He knocked him down at least once that I recall, and he turned his leg and ribs all purple with kicks. It was a great fight but no way did chuck win it. the crowd didn't even cheer when he raised his arms at the end.
Kimbo's A Bitch- January 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm
I also agree with "Who wants to know". These are chicken shit pictures. A freaking legend and that's what he gets? How bout Randy piled up? GSP got knocked the F out. Why Chuck? He is the guy you want to build your league on. Quiet but dangerous.
Kimbo's A Bitch- January 5, 2009 at 9:23 pm
I dont want to sound like a FAG but, I hate to freaking see Chuck get beat. I turned on Tito when he started to be the bitch he is, I turned on Hughes because he has turned out to talk a lot of smack and disrespect people and then go out and lose to them. (I may gain a little respect for him if he would kick That douche Matt Serra's ass.) I just hate GSP because, damn he is good. If he wasn't a security leaching un appreciative Canadian, maybe I would like him more. But I love Chuck and I want to see him kick everyones ass. Even Kimbo's!
Sneaky Pete- January 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm
Chuck may well be out of his prime. But this is really totally up to him; he could do what some great fighters do and reinvent his game and make a run at the belt. What makes Chuck a great fighter is not his ability to come at odd angles, but to put together successful combinations faster than his opponent can cope with them, that and KO power. I'll probably be panned for saying this, but Chuck is an intelligent fighter and that is the key to longevity in this sport.

So I have to disagree with everyone saying that Chuck needs to retire. The idea is based the notion that if someone isn't no longer able to make a feasible run at the belt, then they need to leave the UFC. A lot of fighters would have to be sent packing if that were the case.

Chuck does have a lot of good fights left in him, and there are a lot of great potential match ups in his division, more now than ever. I'd hesitate to send him packing just yet.
who wants to no?- January 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm
chuck would have destroyed evans and jardine in his prime he needs to start using his hi kicks more like some of his earlier fights.he has mean low and hi kicks but barey uses them. and would anyone expect him to use take downs and gnp,i think those pictures are disrespectfull chuck is one of the greats he shows respect all his career and some window lickers make dumb fucking pictures.someone will teach evans what goes around comes around very soon.forrest was winning that fight tito won imo. he lnp on bisping and he was loosing to a 41 year old chuck till he kod him.sign of a true champion is when they dominate like gsp hughes liddell silva bj coture f shamrock tito rex quan dow only guy he has dominated was lambert.evans is ok but he is a champion who hasnt beaten the best in his division.i would like to see him against A silva W silva T silva L cain L machida hendo shogun.end of the day tito beat him fuck the judges and if anyone said tito would be champ again you would laf.i think evans is the most lucky fighter ever and he wont even defend the title just like forrest cos rampage will beat shit down.remember when tito was champ but chuck was waiting now rashad is champ and one of the fighters i mentioned is waiting for a shot i think rampage will beat evans then maybe chuck can get a rematch.i want liddell to get evans then retire
Kimbo's A Bitch- January 5, 2009 at 5:06 pm
Its sad to see chuck layed out like that. With every knock out, he sounds more and more like mush mouth. Shit Chuck. Everytime you get KTFO, I die a little. Please stop getting KTFO and start KTFO of your opponents again. Pretty Please?
Sodak- January 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm
he's gonna fight Shogun i bet
jesus frijoles- January 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm
It is long past time that Chuck thought about keeping his effing hands up.The first time I ever saw him fight I thought to myself, somebody with fast hands is gonna catch him on the chin.Chuch has always pawed the air with that left at about shoulder height.Those weird underhand, loopy punches come with a price, a chin wide open to a counter. Sooner or later the reflexes slow down and slipping punches gets harder. Chuck always had the natural speed to keep his chin out of the way so he has gotten away with a huge flaw in his technique . Age has caught up with him and it is getting late in the game to learn proper technique.
Anonymous- January 5, 2009 at 4:35 pm
The best match up for Chuck would be against Forrest. I said it before and I will say it again. Forrest is a top five light heavy and has a weak chin. Chuck would be focused for this fight and kick his ass.
NinJay- January 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm
Hha that picture made my....last 10 minutes or so. Good stuff. I am a big Chucky fan but I think he is past his prime/time and needs to hang em up. It's so sad when these fighters don't know when that time is.
HAL- January 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm
Jay Smith- January 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm
I wouldn't say that Chuck is "nothing now". Look at Randy. He's almost 10 years older than chuck, but that guys does whatever it takes to be competitive. If Chuck is able to improve on some basic boxing (ie; tuck your chin, hands up and in front, circle away from your opponents strength, and a different offense as opposed to prefering to counter punch so much) he could still be one of the most dangerous guys at 205.
Jay Smith- January 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm
@ Jugger
Actually, what finished off Silva was a left hook after blocking a few of his wild lefts and rights. Technically it was a "right block, left block, right block, then a left hook". My first point is, that isn't something Rampage had to work on or improve on. That's classis Rampage bangin! Rampage might have been 1 for 1 going into that last fight with Wandy. He even said that he thought one of those fights would have been different hadn't the ref stood them up when he had Wandy down. If you've seen that fight, you can see his point. My second point is... I think you're right about Silva and Chuck having a bullseye on their back, I just think Rampage is a better caliber fighter than both of them. Rampage just had to get refocused, and let his nutrition take him to the next level. Chuck and Silva both need to reinvent their stand up game. They were both "focused" in their last 2 loses, and neither has ever had a problem with their cardio or nutrition, but their "same old" stand up got them KTFO!
skidding- January 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm
Chuck Lidell is nothing now that his age is getting to him and fighters know how to avoid his unorthodox punching angles. That was pretty much the only reason he was able to win so many fights.
Chuck's left hand- January 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm
I like to hang out about waist high. That's just how I am.
Bill C.- January 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Wanderlei: "Maybe it’s good for Dana..."

Global- January 5, 2009 at 2:27 pm
I wonder what Anderson Silva thinks of fighting his former teammate Wanderlei. Chute Box is not what it used to be, but I think a fight between these two Silva's could be a huge draw as they have a history to settle and complimentary fighting styles.