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Rashad Evans Gazes Into the Abyss, and the Abyss Gazes Back Into Rashad Evans

(Retired man walkin’. Props to MMA Scraps.)

Among the notable writers and fighters currently eulogizing Chuck Liddell‘s career is UFC light-heavyweight champ Rashad Evans, who gave some quotes to FightHype about what the Iceman’s UFC 97 loss meant to him personally (props to BloodyElbow for the tip):

"I felt so bad for him to see him go out like that. He is a great person and a legend and when you see that as a fighter, you get a small glimpse of your own demise in the sport. At one point, he was unstoppable, but I guess the saying is true, ‘Nothing stays gold forever’."
"There were no changes [in Liddell's style and preparation]. I knew that before the fight because an inside source told me that it was just a front. It’s too late for him. His reactions and ability to take punishment is gone and you could never get that back…He deteriorated so fast, it’s not even funny. Just a season ago he was on his way back after his win over Wandy and now, it’s over. You have to wonder if he is on the border of a medical problem."

I’ll refrain from making any young lion/old lion analogies, but yes, we’ve finally seen the last gasp of the Tito/Randy/Chuck era of the UFC, and it’ll be a somber week for some MMA fans. The new generation has taken over in full force, led by fighters like Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, GSP, and Brock Lesnar. And maybe one of these days, Jon Jones is going to spinning-backfist Rashad Evans into a living death, and we’ll start talking about how great Sugar used to be until he started slowing down just enough for younger guys to pick him apart. It’s the circle of life. Still, this claim that Liddell was just frontin’ about working on the holes in his standup game? Well damn, dude. If you hope to hang with fighters who are more than ten years younger than you, you have to put in the work. The UFC front office doesn’t need any loafers.

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Anonymous- April 21, 2009 at 7:29 am
@LoneWolf: You can still respect a guy and point out when they're saying or doing something stupid (If Chuck allegedly overstated how much he changed). Would you rather have a million "Yes-man" Chuck fans?
LoneWolf- April 21, 2009 at 6:59 am
Rashad is an idiot....he always sounds like such a douche...even when hes trying to be respectful.....Have some effing respect for the man...he helped make the UFC what it is today....
Reptar- April 20, 2009 at 9:04 pm
Rashad Evans Gazes Into the Abyss, and the Abyss Gazes Back Into Rashad Evans

hahaha i laughed so hard at that
Anonymous- April 20, 2009 at 8:01 pm
This is a scene taken from a fallen boxer photo.
Quiet and silent under the arena and "after the glory".
Also, this is one of the best comment sections. Props to all. Some funny shit here.
So can we say that this is it for sure?
How can Liddell fall so fast? I belive it's more than just his time. It's medical for sure because he bleeds from the ears man.
sugar free- April 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm
With all this talk about lube at his camp , diggin up in asses, and now he's quoting poetry I think sugar is the perfect nick name for rashad
K.E.G.- April 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm
Fuck Rashad! I still hate him and can't realy explain it. But I also hate Machida and still hope he actually kills Rashad then maybe is the victim of a sniper bullet himself.
rashad is my bitch- April 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm
This idiot needs to just go "dig up in some dudes ass" real quotable guy right
Imbecile- April 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm
@ dojima

Very impressive! What were you, a Communications major?

Since you have taken Rashad's meaning so literally, perhaps your own education should be the one in question. Gold is hardly one of the "basic elements of the universe." Those would be the first 18 elements, which have three nice, stable electron shells. It isn't even one of the 18 transition metals that follow with slightly varied electron shell configurations.

And since you want to parse words on his statement, gold is an extremely difficult metal to make given the high binding energies of the nucleic particles, and thus is rarely formed in small quantities near the end of a star's life, or extremely small amounts at the beginning of the universe. It would "stay" gold in the sense that it has a stable, non-degrading configuration, but would likely become fused into something heavier upon its eventual end in another star's demise, rendering it no longer gold.

So get your own education in order before playing smart-ass with Rashad's obvious attempt at paraphrasing.
Aaron- April 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm
Is Rua really that bad that him beating Chuck means that Chuck is washed up? Evans beat chuck. So what? Evans is one of the best MMA fighters alive right now. Shogun lost to Forrest- and Forrest cried tears of joy because he knew Shogun is a great fighter. The fact is that Shogun would have been a tough fight for Chuck even in Chuck's prime. Is Chuck washed up- I don't think so. Should he retire? Yes. He has nothing more to prove, and he is 39. Then again, think if Randy retired after his second loss to Chuck. No Randy v. Silvia shocker... no Randy v. Gonzaga jaw dropper. Chuck is loved in this sport. I'd like to see him go out with a W, but it is hard to leave after a win too.
Dana Motherf@#king White- April 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm
If there's one thing I like in a headline, its a Nietzsche homage. Nice work.
Anonymous- April 20, 2009 at 3:35 pm
Nothing tickles my cockles like some douchebag calling someone out for a lack of intelligence and then misusing a word like poised.
My cockles, they have been tickled.
Dojima- April 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm
Gold does stay gold. It is a basic element of the universe. Only proves that Michigan State would give degrees to monkeys if it could help them stay at the top of the Big 10. They cant, so they find the closest evolutionary cousin in types like Evans.

Now, had he offered the allegory poised by Robert Frost, "nothing gold can stay" it would have made his high school english teach proud.
Clyde- April 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm
I didn't really expect Chuck's style to dramatically change and that was confirmed within about 30 seconds of the first bell. The question I had was if Shogun was in any shape to do anything about it.

Shame to see him go, but I wouldn't want to see him stick around and end up in a 10 fight losing streak against increasingly mediocre to lame opponents. He still wants to fight the best in the division and it's sadly now clear that he can't. Sorry to see you go Chuck, we'll always have Tito.
Than- April 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Dana White: Tell all those pussy FAGGOTS to stop talking shit, I'm not homophobic I fucking kissed Chuck fucking Liddell's fucking head.
FreddyFangers- April 20, 2009 at 2:50 pm
I hope that this is one of those " One more time for the fans" deals. Retired and then pop out for "one more fight" because Chuck "didnt hear no bell" Dana's a douche for trying to retire chuck. AND I find it hard to believe that Chuck did not train harder to fix his defensive problems. What the fuck was the new boxing coach there for? Rashad is a dumbass. Luckily Machida will be taking that belt from him shortly. UFC 102 : Machida vs. Rampage. 5 rounds of ditty steps and jabs
Silva vs. Maia. 5 rounds of ditty steps and jabs
Imbecile- April 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm
I heard Kenny Florian was the one who tiipped Rashad off to Liddell fronting about fixing his game.

Well, actually it was more of a text message that Florian sent to GSP, who told Nate Marquardt, who let it slip to Keith Jardine, who passed the info along to Rashad. But it started with Kenny...
@Oatmeal- April 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm
Shut up bitch, you need a second job to compensate for them taxes. Dont be talkin bout gold'n such. Get to work eh
Danxxx- April 20, 2009 at 2:14 pm
poor chuck.. now all he has left its ton of money and fine pussy i feel bad for him.
Mr. Meza- April 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm
Juan Blanco- April 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm
LOL Oatmeal!!! Seriously....

This is all a ploy by Chuck and Dana so Chuck can come out of retirement to fight and the UFC can make billions off off his return.. Just like Randy. I'm telling ya, he will be retired and un-retired with-in 9 months..
Robert M- April 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm
yeah isn't the correct term "nothing gold can stay" like the Robert Frost poem?
Oatmeal- April 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm
rashad was wrong, gold stays gold forever...
Robert M- April 20, 2009 at 2:03 pm
Wouldn't it just be awesome to see A Randy/Chuck fight one last time. Then right after they both retire. Like its planned, we all know they are, and they just fight and go all 3 rounds.
Zee German- April 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm
I will forever salute guys like Chuck, Randy, and, you know, Royce, Matt, and even Ken (in a funny way), because they drew me into MMA in the first place. How can you not respect these guys? Cheers.
Dana White rules!- April 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Please a moment of silience........ this ones for our fallen homies....(Pours a 40 of Micky's out in the octagon)