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Videos: The Fight That Retired Chuck Liddell, + More From UFC 97

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua took home a $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus for putting Chuck Liddell away, but he also ended "The Iceman’s" career with the TKO victory.  At least that’s what UFC prez Dana White said at the post-fight press conference, telling reporters "It’s over."

Liddell didn’t make any declarations that were quite so final, but he seemed resigned to the fact, admitting it was "probably the case" that he is now retired.  Man, what a downer.  Thanks a lot, Shogun.

The other $70,000 bonuses went to Matt Wiman and Sam Stout for Fight of the Night (really?), and Krzystof Soszynski for Submission of the Night.  Anderson Silva did not receive a bonus.  We imagine that when he asked Dana White why, Dana looked at him with disappointment in his eyes and said, ‘You know why.’

More videos are after the jump.

Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman

Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites



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Anonymous- April 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm
Exactly man wtf! Did you see the interview where Dana tries to have us believe that everyone else fought a hell of a fight on this card? Apparently the Liddell/Rua fight was a battle. Yeah I must have missed thast. The UFC sucks man and I'm tired of this b.s.. Joel Silva is a little bitch and we never get to see any of the fights until 1 fighter is done just like Liddell Rua. That should teach them to stop playing these big mind games with the cards to try and hype everything up instead of just making fights happen like every other organization.
Anonymous- April 20, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Fuck Silva and Leitis and give me Edith and her huge tits.
Justin- April 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Craig I agree with you completely. The only thing that I feel is that if Leites wants the fight to go to the ground then he should take an active effort to take it their rather then falling down hoping Silva will fall on him. That being said Dana white should make an effort to make Silva's last fights or whatever he has left in him worth watching. I'm ok with the lack of action at the first minute 30 only because this is a 5 round fight. So its understandable for both fighters to be a bit hesitant to engage at first while they feel each other out.
Craig- April 20, 2009 at 7:40 am
Both fighters have a responsibility to engage. At least the first 1:30 there were what, 3 attempted strikes with nothing connecting? Wouldn't change much if you looked at the first 2:00. The argument that it's Leites' responsibility to take the fight to Anderson is silly. They're both there to win, and both have the same at stake.

Neither a nuthugger nor a hater be.
Antisocial- April 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm
Did you guys see that Big Titted bitch Edith at the event?

I'd like to introduce her to my Giant Penis.
Justin- April 19, 2009 at 9:53 pm
no just an opinion
Anonymous- April 19, 2009 at 9:52 pm
What are you writing a book!
Justin- April 19, 2009 at 9:48 pm
I usually don't post but I feel inclined to in this case. From what I felt after watching the fight was that from Silva's perspective if Leites wants the fight to go to the ground he should take the initiative and try and take it there. Rather then just falling on his back with one arm behind his head every 30 seconds. I was not impressed with that at all. Granted Silva is a HUGE threat when it come to strikes and alot of guys would get knocked just trying to take him down but then thats why he is the middleweight champ. I had no problem with Silva being protective and elusive, however I did have a problem with him mocking his oponent rather then trying to put him away. Its not as if Leites was running away the entire time like another which case 'rock' quarry was justified in his mocking. But instead Leites did at least stand in front of Silva giving him enough chances to knock him down. That being said UFC should either stop wasting Silva's time with openents that are not at par or afraid to engage. THis is simply due to the fact that he's retiring soon and the fans would prefer to see better caliber fights from him. Maybe he should just relinquish the middleweight belt and stay at 205 from now on. As far as Lidell goes, I didn't see any significant change in his fighting. Its become very obvious at this point that alot of the younger fighters have disected his fighting style. Maybe its time for him to either consider retirement or see if he as it in him to revamp his fighting style. Maybe rely more on his wrestling and ground game..maybe even a ground and this point anything would be more effective then standing as the sideways walking target that he's become. Personally I dont' think he's done just yet. Maybe a little vacation followed by him learning some new things could help him keep in the game as a fighter. I'd like to see him in one more fight..maybe not against an elite level fighter but against some lighter competition so he could have the chance to try out a new game plan. As far as SHOGUN goes he gave an awesome showing. Its a little hard to tell if he completely fixed his conditioning problem but he came prepared and I felt as if i sarted to catch a glimpse of the Shogun of old. That being said i'd like to see him have a rematch with Forest Griffin or even Rampage. I think it would be a good test and accurate measure of his skills post surgery.
Jonny5- April 19, 2009 at 9:09 pm
Chuck Liddell vs. Matt Hammil at UFC 101. or maybe Brandon Vera or Tim Boetsch. you pick
Cock Diesel - April 19, 2009 at 8:43 pm
come on guys , all this talk about silva is gettin old . how come people aint giving rua credit? he looked like the old shogun.
Dirk Diggler- April 19, 2009 at 8:42 pm
Thales Leites looked more like Jenna Jameson in that fight. He just kept laying down and spreading the legs.
Anonymous- April 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm
HA!! Im soo glad that the one dimensional Chuck is DONE! All the shit that fans talk about Tito Ortiz at least he has more tools in his belt and he NEVER lost 4 outta 5 fights back to back... Tito would've never let Rua up after a take down, Chuck didnt know what to do with top postion, never once put his hands up to block. Just so sad I knew it was gonna happen to him again.

He just cant hang with real MIXED martial artist

CAPS LOCK HAL - April 19, 2009 at 7:56 pm
Anonymous- April 19, 2009 at 7:34 pm
If a fighter has to behave as a contender, even if he is the champion, than what is the point of being champ?

I would think that if anyone wants to be the champ he would have to fight like a champion! I don't think Leites fought like one (at least he didn't fight like Silva prior to being champ!)
the tick- April 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Silva vs. Bisping now now now!!!!!! then we'll see a fight. And we'll see Bisping lose! lose! lose! there's no reason that that can't happen if Penn can get a title shot right away, or 98% human dna can get a title shot on his second or third fight in the league against the greatest.
Anonymous- April 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm
To the people saying it's the challengers job to put the heat on is pure bullshit. According to that logic, everyone who reaches the top should just dance, taunt, and try to avoid anything threatening. Leites actually tried to bring the pressure, and failed again and again. After that, it was just Silva dancing and showing off.

If you want to talk about true champs, Fedor went into Tim Sylvia fight with ALL THE HYPE any fighter can get. All this "The Best P4P Fighter" "Undefeated" "The Mystic of Fedor" blah blah blah. He was already considered by many to be the best. And what did he do? He went in the ring GUNS BLAZING and reaffirmed that title. Now that's a champ.
Bob Loblaw- April 19, 2009 at 7:02 pm
well, what can i say. sure, silva's fucked if they keep putting chumps in front of him. even after a cakewalk victory the fans heckle him, but it'd be a different story, methinks, if a true contender were in his face. somebody who was gunning for that title rather than lying on his back waiting for his opponent to choose a stupid gameplan. so, champ he remains and good on him, i guess. as for chuck - i already stated once that hope he becomes the first MMA legend to acknowledge reality, retire gracefully and continue on in whatever capacity he will, but outside the ring. it's pathetic to see these guys fall but keep to it, then become 'gatekeepers' to up and coming fire breathers in their divisions. peace.
FUCK!- April 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm
I don't blame Anderson Silva for the performance, i think that blame falls on Leites for his game plan being; not to throw down, get kicked in the leg 100x, and last but noot least, the good ol' dodge a punch by falling on the mat to hopefully piss off anderson silva to the point of going to the ground with him.

sure silva coulda gone in there and swung wildly and been more aggressive, but that also risks the chance of getting caught easily. the ufc just needs to produce more fighters who aren't afraid to throw punches at anderson silva. GET THE FACK IN THERE BISPING.
Shogun- April 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm
I'm back bitches! And for my next blow-out, I'll murder Quinton again.
Keyser Soze- April 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm
I don't understand all the Silva bashing, I think it's all BS. For one, Silva's the champ, and he was the aggressor most of the fight, because Leites barely challenged or tried taking the fight to Silva. Silva didn't have to TKO or KO Leites to remain champ, he just had to score the decisive victory (and he did). Leites had no answer for the standup, and there were a few moments in the fight when Silva had him against the cage and began throwing big shots and I believed the end was imminent. As for the leg kicks, they're legal, and effectively damaging. Silva was just as frustrated as the fans were. For a little while I though Silva was fighting Kalib Starnes. Leites was terrible, and the victory went to the right fighter.

One fight down, and one to go. All I need now is for GSP to beat Alves, and we mma fans will finally get to see a real, bonafide superfight. Not just a promotional hype fight billed to be a superfight. If the UFC wants to line up champ vs. champ fights, there's no better fight that Joe Silva can match up than GSP vs. Silva.

As for the people saying the Spyder was a poor sportsman during the match, what match did you see? Bisping vs. Hamill, and Bisping's post fight in-ring comments was truly pathetic and in poor sportsmanship.

FWIW, Anderson Silva had two records on the line last night, most consecutive title defenses, and most consecutive UFC wins, which he achieved both. Not that it influenced a conservative performance and victory, Silva did what he had to to earn his place in the record books. He won, fair and square.
Anonymous- April 19, 2009 at 5:42 pm
Fuck Chuck Liddell and Fuck Dana White too!
Anderson Silva = BORING- April 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm
I only paid for the PPV because Chuck was on it. No thanks UFC I think I'll pass on the next Anderson Silva fight it's not like I'm going to miss much. Besides I can catch all the boring action the next day on websites like these! So FUCK OFF DANA WHITE and SUCK A DICK!
pierre larouche- April 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm
From beyond the grave, PRIDEFC stabs you in the heart.


(Please, tell me someone was smart enough to have a videocamera pointing at Silva and White. I WANT to see their faces. $kala will have nothing on them.)
BackbaconBilly- April 19, 2009 at 2:53 pm
Throw the dude who beat the shit outta Tommy Spears in there, at least he is an unorthodox striker who is not afraid to engage his opponent, hell even tho he doesn't really deserve the chance at least it would have made for an interesting round one way or the other, but seriously the UFC needs to STOP putting Silva in a main event until they can find a worthwhile opponent, and even then it shouldn't be the main-card
HillBilly- April 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm
Can you imagine Silva vs. Bisping? There might be entire rounds without a punch or kick thrown.