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Howard Davis Jr.: Chuck Liddell Should Take a Year Off, Retirement Decision Should Be His to Make

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American Top Team boxing coach and Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr. spoke with me about his work with Chuck Liddell prior to his UFC 97 loss against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.  Contrary to what some people believe, Davis said he really did work with Liddell for about two and a half months, and while he didn’t change his style he did try to add a couple tools to Liddell’s game.  Here Davis talks about what Liddell’s recent loss means for his career, and whether he thinks the former UFC champ should call it quits like Dana White is insisting he do.  He also touches on the addictive “drug” of being a world champion fighter, and why he thinks Liddell has seemed more vulnerable in recent bouts – and it’s not because he’s getting old.

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Clyde- May 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm
Dana shouldn't be able to retire Chuck against his will. However, he does have the right to say, "You're not good enough to fight these guys anymore; you're going to get hurt, and I'm not letting you fight here".

Chuck should be free to fight elsewhere, but I hope he doesn't try to. He just can't fight like he did and I hope that he can accept that and doesn't get himself permanently hurt/ brain damaged. Please don't make it worse Chuck, retire and be remembered for the good times.
Adebisi- May 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm
Chuck Liddell should take a year off from sucking Dana White's Cock.
Irishwolfhound- May 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Dana made it pretty specific that if chuck wanted to keep fighting dana was going to black ball him like a douche and not let him. That's that.
cr_trinity- May 6, 2009 at 11:44 am
Chuck Liddell should see about finally having his match with Kurt "Im gonna compete in MMA.... eventually" Angle. Capitalise on his name value with an opponent who could probably be beaten with his awkward striking style; most of Liddell's career TKO victories have come from wrestlers with little to no technical standup expertise. But as much as I hate Dana Fucking White, I believe the right decision has been made concerning Liddell's UFC career; if he were to continue competing inthe OCtagon, it would prove that the UFC has no standards for trimming their roster of excess weight outside of base economic ones. Maybe we couold even see Liddell head kick someone with authority ala his fight with Babalu way back when. Now that was Chuck in his prime...
Blackleg- May 6, 2009 at 10:50 am
You know you can get one of those table top tripods for video cameras for like $15.... just saying. ;)
Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 10:29 am
Howard Davis is a genius... a move up to HW would suit Chuck well I believe.
Tbiz- May 6, 2009 at 10:29 am
Chuck's decision on retirement should be his and his alone. Dana White should take a step back and realize that Chuck is a legend who helped make the UFC what it is today. He still draws a bigger crowd than 90% of the other UFC fighters! If he still wants to throw down... i'm all for watching him do so.
FreddyFangers- May 6, 2009 at 10:07 am
Wouldn't letting him fight draw one more big crowd....Dumbass.
Its chucks decision period. I defend Dana on a lot of things but this isnt that fuckwads call.
The MMA Bowler- May 6, 2009 at 9:53 am
Duh... they meet right next to ya bread basket,LOL
The MMA Bowler- May 6, 2009 at 9:51 am
Sounds like JH is trying to get Chuck killed. That mans boat left the dock already. As soon a s Evan's over hand right landed on his jaw. Please do us all a favor and hang'em up.For good. dont try and pull a Randy on us either. RETIRE.

P.S. Shogun knock out of chuck was not that impressive. That would'nt happen 2 or 3 years ago.
floating att shirt- May 6, 2009 at 9:44 am
let chuck have a rematch with rashad that way he wont have to retire he would be dead.
Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 9:36 am
Why do they bring up 8 counts in boxing when chuck gets knocked into fucking oblivion in every single fight. He wouldn't get up for a standing 80 count let alone 8.
MMA Lawyer- May 6, 2009 at 9:31 am
Great interview. I really like this guy; he's eloquent and insightful. It's interesting to me how boxing/mma coaches and fighters often talk about the heart and the mind as much as the body. As a non-fighter, I'll probably never understand exactly what he means when he says that Liddell needs to put his mind and heart together. But, I can still appreciate the magical and often fragile combination of qualities that transform a fighter into a champion.
Tony- May 6, 2009 at 9:25 am
The primary reason they retired him was to block him out of his last contract fight, thus blocking him out of negotiating with other orgs.

People that post on here think all this stuff is some TV show about "heart" and emotion. Shits about money and drawing crowds. They make fighters into characters to market them.
HOW TASTES MY PEE PEE- May 6, 2009 at 9:20 am
The only store in town? Did they open up more "Bloated stomachs R US" stores?
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Jburg- May 6, 2009 at 9:04 am
At the end of the day the choice to retire should be the fighter's, not the organization's president.
KingAL- May 6, 2009 at 9:04 am
It's not because he is getting old, it's because he isn't getting younger