Posted by fullerene
It's certainly a good move and long overdue IMO. Unfortunately, I just don't see Chuck being motivated or able to change his MMA game around substantially this late in his career. He is still a good fighter and a tough matchup for certain opponents (including Shogun) but I don't think he's going to be able to pull the Randy Couture/Bernard Hopkins trick and improve his fighting as he moves into his 40s.
You never really know.... It's been in his last couple fights (at least the Wand figth that I remember) that he's actually taken his opponents down... Which for Chuck is kinda surprising... I think in the end, Chuck's a competitor and competitors hate to lose... Liddell has come to terms with, or is starting to, the fact that his style doesn't match up well against well against the newer age of well rounded fighters... I know old habits die hard, but I also think he'll do what he has to in order to secure a couple of W's for the end of his career...
With all that being said, I really hope Shogun comes to this fight prepared... I'd love to see him make an impact in the 205 div... And it just seems like it would be an adequate "changing of the guards" so to speak... Mostly because Shogun's in his twenties and Chuck's only got a couple of years left in him max