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Chuck Liddell looks to remain in UFC another "two to four years"

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Although Chuck Liddell (21-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) may have lost two of his previous three fights and be turning 39 years old this December, don't expect the 10-year UFC veteran to be calling it quits anytime soon.

The ex-UFC-light-heavyweight champion said he still has a few years left while a guest of "The Lights Out Show" on the TAGG Radio Network (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

"(I still have) two to four years depending on how my body's feeling," Liddell said. "I'm hoping in two years I'll still be saying 'two to four years.' I still feel like fighting now and my body is still working now."

While many of the sport's newer fighters enjoy moving from camp to camp in order to evolve their techniques, Liddell feels he has been served well by remaining with John Hackleman at The Pit throughout his career.

"We have people come in and train with us," Liddell explained. "And I work out with different people from time to time. But changing actual camps all the time, and doing that travelling thing, I don't think that's advantageous."

Another growing trend among today's fighters is the choice to bounce from organization to organization in order to seek out the highest pay. While several contenders such as EliteXC and Affliction would certainly love to have the exposure "The Iceman" would bring to their organization, the veteran of 20 UFC fights feels comfortable remaining with the UFC.

"The UFC has been very good to me, and I don't see me fighting anywhere else," Liddell said. "At this point they have all the best fighters in my weight, so that's where I want to be. I'm trying to prove I'm the best at what I do. That's what I'm out there doing. So I don't see me changing anytime soon."

And though speculation continues to grow around a possible move to heavyweight, Liddell feels there are still too many quality opponents in his own division to set his sights on another.

"Going up (in weight) is always a possibility," Liddell admitted. "But there's still a few guys I need to fight at my weight. And until then I'm not going to worry about going up or down.

"I've thought about (moving to heavyweight) before, but until I get done with some of the things I want to get done at light-heavyweight it doesn't make sense to move."

And with Liddell's UFC 88 main-event clash with undefeated Rashad Evans looming just two weeks away, the 38-year-old understands the importance of victory. And with a win Liddell feels a title show should follow.

"I think I have a good chance (for a title shot) after this fight," Liddell said. "I need to go out and win, and win impressively. And then I think it would make sense."

Liddell also discussed his thoughts about his previously-scheduled bout with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, his opinion of Lyoto Machida, and why he feels his style has been so successful in the UFC. To hear the full interview download Thursday's edition of "The Lights Out Show," available for free in the TAGG Radio Network archives.

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Chucky, come on man. You can't make MW.....

Post #2   8/23/08 12:45:41PM   

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I hope he looses his next one and the next.....

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I hope he stays he's an exciting fighter, I like him alot but I dont see him making MW.

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He is so boaring.... All he has is one punch and no other game.... BOARING....

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Posted by Jason-plata

He is so boaring.... All he has is one punch and no other game.... BOARING....





Got a question for ya, did you like the Liddell vs. Silva fight, that fight was a slug fest IMO. I could watch him over and over if he delivers a fight like that.

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Posted by casey64


Posted by Jason-plata

He is so boaring.... All he has is one punch and no other game.... BOARING....





Got a question for ya, did you like the Liddell vs. Silva fight, that fight was a slug fest IMO. I could watch him over and over if he delivers a fight like that.






That fight was beyond exciting. And what does boaring mean?

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Where does it mention him dropping to middleweight?

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Posted by Solidus

Where does it mention him dropping to middleweight?



I think he is referring to this part.

"Going up (in weight) is always a possibility," Liddell admitted. "But there's still a few guys I need to fight at my weight. And until then I'm not going to worry about going up or down.

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Posted by gravy13


Posted by casey64


Posted by Jason-plata

He is so boaring.... All he has is one punch and no other game.... BOARING....





Got a question for ya, did you like the Liddell vs. Silva fight, that fight was a slug fest IMO. I could watch him over and over if he delivers a fight like that.






That fight was beyond exciting. And what does boaring mean?




That fight was amazing.

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Posted by casey64


Posted by Jason-plata

He is so boaring.... All he has is one punch and no other game.... BOARING....





Got a question for ya, did you like the Liddell vs. Silva fight, that fight was a slug fest IMO. I could watch him over and over if he delivers a fight like that.



Ok so he had 1 fight where he acyuallt threw more than his 1 punch..

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Posted by Jason-plata


Posted by casey64


Posted by Jason-plata

He is so boaring.... All he has is one punch and no other game.... BOARING....





Got a question for ya, did you like the Liddell vs. Silva fight, that fight was a slug fest IMO. I could watch him over and over if he delivers a fight like that.



Ok so he had 1 fight where he acyuallt threw more than his 1 punch..




...says the guy that his Vitor Belfort ranked as the #4 p4p fighter.

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Posted by gravy13


Posted by Solidus

Where does it mention him dropping to middleweight?



I think he is referring to this part.

"Going up (in weight) is always a possibility," Liddell admitted. "But there's still a few guys I need to fight at my weight. And until then I'm not going to worry about going up or down.



He actually says in an unquoted part of the interview that he wouldn't be able to cut to MW.

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HA! Got him!

Chuck is frickin awsome, one of the most dynamic strikers ever. A move to HW would be great!

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Posted by Jason-plata

He is so boaring.... All he has is one punch and no other game.... BOARING....







Also.....

Its LOSE not "LOOSE" .....

And is BORING......not "BOARING"


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