Maybe that headline isn’t totally fair. In truth, this type of hard-partying with Hollywood celebs is only part of the reason why Chuck Liddell’s career hit a fist-shaped wall in his late thirties, while Couture continues to thrive well into his mid-forties. Some of it is due to differences in fighting style. Some might even be due to genetics, or Couture’s obsession with finding the fountain of youth through blood-testing and supplements.
But, you have to admit, at least some of it has to do with how these guys have chosen to spend their free time over the years. While Chuck is getting fall-down drunk and picking fights frat boy-style outside of parties, Couture is getting his active rest in. While Chuck is at bars, feeling too sexy for his shirt, Couture enjoys quiet evenings at home with his next future ex-wife. Different philosophies at work, really. We’re not here to say that one is better or worse than another, just that one is demonstrably better for career longevity if you fight other people for a living.