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Rumor of the Day: Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin This Fall?


 
"I’m not his father, okay, he can do whatever the hell he wants to do. I’m his friend, and I care about him a lot, and I’d really like to never see him fight again."

So said Dana White on the TUF 9 Finale edition of "Inside the Octagon", perhaps loosening on his stance that Chuck Liddell will never fight again. Could it be that one more go-round for the Iceman is in the works? According to an Inside Fights report on potential main events for UFC 103 (September 19th, Dallas), yeah, maybe:

Another fight that has been discussed internally is Chuck Liddell facing Rich Franklin. Dana White has seemingly accepted the idea that Chuck is going to want another fight, and he would much rather have Liddell inside the UFC cage than to have him go and be a huge drawing card for Strikeforce or Affliction.



I see what’s in it for Franklin: He eases back into the light-heavyweight division against an opponent that he shouldn’t have much trouble with — and hey, there still might be some casual UFC fans out there who think that beating Chuck is an accomplishment that puts you in line for a title shot. But if you’re Chuck Liddell, this is not the fight you take if you want to go out on a win. I don’t know what fight you would take, to be honest; are there any 205′ers on the UFC’s roster that would be underdogs against Chuck Liddell at this point? As pointless as it sounded a couple months ago, maybe Liddell vs. Couture IV would be the most fitting sendoff. No matter what the outcome, it would leave fans with memories of Chuck’s past glories, not another depressing image of how far he’s fallen.

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Irish_iceman6-0- July 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm
The clear smart thing to do is to get liddell training now. rehype the whole liddell kimbo fued when kimbo gets a contract and not saying he will win by any means but make no mistake dana white will give him a contract. Let him and liddell fight. You have the draw for liddell vs slice then you have hype for chucks farewell bout. then you get the hype if kimbo did happen to get a big shot off the he jut got legitamized for beating an actual fighter and that proves once and for all that chuck has lost his game like everyones saying if he cant even beat a chodespank lide slice. fuck you all you all like fishsticks in your mouth your alll abunch of gay fish.
Irish_iceman6-0- July 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm
your a fuckin douchebag. thats all that needs to be said.
Irish_iceman6-0- July 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm
Listen all you fuckin haters you have to be realistic about shit and not just follow on the chuck sucks bandwagon. I am a huge liddell fan and was even before he was huge on the map and i am proud to say that. Liddell has lost a step we can all see that but you act like rich franklin has been dominate. Franklin hasn't won an important fight since tanner2. there is no reason to think that chuck could have that punchers chance and catch franklin with a shot and go out with a bang.
831 Son- June 25, 2009 at 11:48 pm
You are just repeating what I said in a different way you idiot. You are fucking retarded.
UFC fan- June 25, 2009 at 11:39 pm
831, you ARE that person.
Hello.....go fuck yourself...I am speaking to YOU!
If you are going to waste time repeating yourself then I will as well.
fuck off and die 831 son you are a loser.
kylestyle- June 25, 2009 at 9:37 pm
as much as i hate to admit it, chuck has lost his game clearly. i respect the guy for everything hes done for the sport but he should just walk away with his pride.
831 Son- June 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm
You are such a moron. Words cannot describe how pathetic you are. Go hang yourself in your closet. Do your parents and all of us a favor. Faggot.
UFC fan- June 25, 2009 at 4:58 pm
Did all you see the last part of my post where I clearly said "Fuck stupid people!" ? did you all see that, cause to all you dumbasses ragging on me about what I said about Chuck...those words are for you, the STUPID PEOPLE!
If you think he can still fight, and that its a great idea for him to come back then YOU (yeah you dumbass I am pointing at YOU!)..are a stupid person.
Oh don't forget.......FUCK YOU you stupid person.
Are we clear now? ok cool.
UFC fan- June 25, 2009 at 4:57 pm
Did all you see the last part of my post where I clearly said "Fuck stupid people!" ? did you all see that, cause to all you dumbasses ragging on me about what I said about Chuck...those words are for you, the STUPID PEOPLE!
If you think he can still fight, and that its a great idea fro him to come back then YOU (yeah you dumbass I am pointing at YOU!)..are a stupid person.
Oh don't forget.......FUCK YOU you stupid person.
Are we clear now? ok cool.
TheHuytonHandGrenade- June 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm
Rick will slam the Iceman i reckon also Randy vs Chuck would be the best for chuck to go out with a bit of dash
HereForTheBooze- June 25, 2009 at 2:06 pm
Hey man perfect, Franklin loves running at counter punchers swinging (circa Silva vs Franklin I and II ).

Peukuttaja- June 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm
@ UFC fan

...Go fck yourself and stop using that name...plz...worthless fckn muppet
831 Son- June 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm
He still has at least one fight on his contract. No way would UFC let him go to Strikeforce or any other organization while he is still under contract.
just some dong- June 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Chuck should be allowed to do whatever he wants. But the UFC should focus on putting on fights that true MMA fans want to see. And I don't think Chuck fits into that category anymore.

If Chuck wants to fight so bad, I say the UFC should take the high road and let him go fight for Strikeforce or whoever. He'll be a draw to those orgs at first, sure, but the luster will soon fade after he gets destroyed in his first fight or two. Then he can do what he should have done immediately after the Shogun fight: retire, open a badass gym and start giving back to the sport.

Scott- June 25, 2009 at 1:02 pm
Well seeing as how I saw Chuck out at the bars tuesday night I know he's not thinking about training.

Then again, he is always out at the bars.
831 Son- June 25, 2009 at 11:30 am
I Lol'd at NateGetsIrate comment.
NateGetsIrate- June 25, 2009 at 11:04 am
@ UFC fan:

You need to do us all a favor and go kill yourself you fucking brainless mutant.
Kazi- June 25, 2009 at 10:57 am
@ UFC fan

Why do you sound like an idiot every time you post? Secondly, are you 18yrs old?

You've been watching to much TUF.
831 Son- June 25, 2009 at 10:42 am
You are such an idiot UFC fan. Chuck has made millions. So much money you fag. He doesnt care necessarily about the money, he wants to fight. And you will give no respect to him? You dont know one thing about respect or fighting. I want to murder your worthless, bitch ass. FUCK STUPID PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
UFC fan- June 25, 2009 at 10:26 am
wow who knew scrambled eggs could be so douchy.
ScrambledEggs- June 25, 2009 at 10:22 am
Two of the guys who've sucked Dana White's cock the most over the years fighting each other? Now they just need to get Matt Hughes to fight Kenny Florian then Dana's four biggest ass kissers will all be fighting to see who's the Ultimate company puppet.
Kimbos Bread- June 25, 2009 at 10:20 am
Chuck needs to be fighting guys like Bonner or Jon Jones. Not top fighters. He's just trying to stay in the running for a title shot, but it will kill his career. He'll get KTFO'ed again and again.
averagejoe- June 25, 2009 at 10:14 am
@ King - great call. preferrably Coleman, if Liddell can stomach the downgrade in caliber.
Dee STROY Are- June 25, 2009 at 9:47 am
Chuck should fight Jose Canseco
Jay Smith- June 25, 2009 at 9:32 am
I knew Chuck would win this one with Dana. Dana is in man love with Chuck, and can't help but give him his way. Nice knowin ya Chuck.
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