24 May 2011 07:42:57 AM
24 May 2011 07:42:57 AM
17 May 2011 09:13:56 AM
(Video courtesy of YouTube/StocktonHeyBuddy)
Chuck Liddell was on the latest episode of Fox Sports’ Barfly alongside actor and BJJ black belt Ed O’Neill (AKA Al Bundy) and host and author Mark Kriegel. Besides talking about the rise in popularity of the UFC in comparison to the drop in popularity of boxing, the trio touched on the former UFC light heavyweight champion and Hall-of-Famer’s recent retirement, which is when Chuck got a bit emotional.Read More DIGG THIS
17 May 2011 07:51:20 AM
(Chuck Liddell poses with ‘Taboo’, co-host of Our Time.)
We have no idea how most of these encounters came about — but we’re sure they were all fairly awkward. Here are 21 of our favorite photos of MMA fighters rubbing shoulders with reality show stars, B-list actors, and aging rock royalty. Ah, the perks of fame…Read More DIGG THIS
16 May 2011 09:46:48 AM
There is mounting evidence to suggest that the city of Vancouver – and indeed the entire province of British Columbia – views MMA and its fans as a roving band of savages who are going to storm the town with torches and two-by-fours, burning every building and raping every damsel before climbing on their snarling horses and moving on to pillage the next village. At least that’s the impression we get from a number of local news reports leading up to June’s UFC 131. First there were reports from the Vancouver Courier that the police chief in The Couv was asking the UFC to foot the bill for extra cops outside the Rogers Arena during the event. The UFC rightly said no to that request last week. Now older reports are beginning to surface that the local government squashed a planned MMA expo last year and even one (from our own M-Russ in his previous incarnation at The Fight Network) alleging that area nightclubs tried to ban Affliction clothing as far back as 2007.
So, what gives? Why so petrified, Vancouver? Did somebody forget to tell them Brock Lesnar’s probably not even going to show up now? We hate to break the news this way, but the UFC has actually been doing shows all over the world for kind of a lot of years now and all of them – as far as we know – are still standing and operational as, you know, cities. From where we’re sitting it seems way more dangerous to say, have your team win the NBA championship than host a UFC event. Oh, wait. Sorry. Forgot. Anyway, more on this story, the UFC’s reaction and the possible roots of Vancouver’s MMA phobia after the jump.Read More DIGG THIS
11 May 2011 08:45:12 AM
(Video courtesy of YouTube/CharlieSpaniard)
UFC welterweight Charlie Brenneman decided to video blog from the Zuffa Fighter Summit the past couple of days to give us mortals a glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors at this yearly meeting of extraordinary gentlemen and gentlewomen.
In the clip above UFC president Dana White opines about his bitter nemeses — the much maligned “so called MMA media,” offers suggestions on how to make money after retirement and recommends that his employees embrace social media as a free tool to increase their star power.Read More DIGG THIS
3 May 2011 10:25:17 AM
(“Let’s see here: High kick, low kick, body kick, side check kick … yep, I think I’ve got them all scouted.” Pic: LasVegasSun)
Some three days later, I’m still not sure if it makes it better or worse that Randy Couture’s MMA career ended via insane, never-before-seen crane kick knockout. On one hand, it was certainly sad to see the legend’s body slump lifelessly to the canvas after the UFC’s resident Karate Kid blasted him in the face just a minute into the second round of their bout in Toronto. On the other hand, maybe the kick really just saved us nine more minutes of watching Couture take potshots to the face at the hands of notorious counterpuncher Lyoto Machida. It had taken just a few moments after all to realize this bout wasn’t going to go Couture’s way. All 47 of his hard-earned years were apparent as we watched “The Natural” hopelessly chase Machida around the Octagon like a dog trying to hunt down its own tail for the full extent of the first round. Granted, he didn’t look Chuck Liddell-bad or anything, but the performance was enough to confirm that it’s high time for Couture to walk away – and this time to stay gone.
It got us thinking. When you’re in the game for 14 years, compile a 19-11 career record, essentially shepherd a sport from its dark ages into the white hot light of mainstream acceptance – when you are arguably the most important athlete ever to compete in your chosen field – there are going to be a few ups and downs. In light of that and by way of career retrospective for a guy who absolutely deserves one, after the jump we give you our picks for the five greatest and five worst moments in the MMA career of Randy Couture, presented here in chronological order …Read More DIGG THIS
25 Apr 2011 16:06:40 PM
(Video courtesy of YouTube/UFC)
22 Apr 2011 10:25:18 AM
(“That’s a great question, Fabricio. Actually, Chuck and I have found that through careful investment research it’s possible to locate dependable mutual funds that can average as much as 12 percent annual growth over the long term.”)
Look, we gotta believe there are a limited number of fake jobs that Zuffa, LLC can possibly make up for aging former fighters as the company’s way of saying, “Thanks for getting punched in the head for so many years so Dana could buy a new Ferrari.” Chuck already has one, Matt Hughes obviously wants one and now MMA grandpa Randy Couture is making noise about wanting one too. Not for nothing, but if we were Liddell we might be getting a little nervous right now. I mean, if you could choose to have Couture as your phony Vice President of Business Development instead of THIS GUY, you’d do it in a heartbeat, right? Office politics can be a bitch that way.Read More DIGG THIS
4 Apr 2011 13:20:15 PM
(The funny thing is, this photo was taken at Chuck’s church.)
If you haven’t been following the custody case between former UFC light heavyweight champ and current Executive Vice President of Business Development, Chuck Liddell and his ex, Lori Geyer, it basically amounts to a bunch of finger pointing and he-said, she-said.
Apparently Chuck’s 12-year-old son Cade called “The Iceman” last week to tell him that he wanted to come live with him in California. Sensing that Cade was being neglected and possibly abused, Liddell paid an impromptu visit to Colorado to take his son, back to San Luis Obispo. After telling Geyer that he wanted to hang out with Cade for a few days in Colorado, Chuck immediately flew back to Cali and had his lawyer petition the courts to award him full custody.
Geyer in turn called police to say Chuck had kidnapped their son and that he was an absent father who took little interest in Cade. She the proceeded to tell TMZ that Liddell is not a capable guardian for Cade since he is a drug user. Instead of using the obvious clip of Chuck tripping balls on the Texas morning talk show, Geyer instead pointed to the viral Reebok commercial Liddell appeared naked in in alongside fiancee Heidi Northcott as demonstrating “clouded judgment” as a result of his addiction.Read More DIGG THIS
18 Mar 2011 15:38:17 PM