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"Hanging-up the Gloves: Chuck Liddell is just the Beginning"

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Wanderlei Silva 7 8%
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"Who is next to say goodbye?"

This past Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal marked an emotional evening for not just the Iceman, but for the Mixed Martial Arts community as a whole. Chuck Liddell has been a front-runner in one of the most stacked divisions in the sport for as long as most of us can remember, but in the last two years of his prolific, exciting, and accomplished career, his aura has melted, exposing his age and the fact that the level of competition has simply passed him by. The changing of the guard happens in every sport, but not as frequently and quickly as in MMA. In the span of sixteen years we’ve seen multiple generations emerge and fall victim to the next, and at this juncture in 2009 it is happening again. The major difference between this passing of the torch from Chuck Liddell’s generation to Mauricio Rua’s at UFC 97, is the fact that the Iceman’s generation was the first to really cast the UFC into the mainstream spotlight, making him one of the sport’s first truly iconic superstars.



Here's the full article , definitely a depressing but interesting read!

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Post #1   4/21/09 6:03:41PM   

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Nice article, sad to think about the guys coming to the ends of their careers, but I'm hopeful towards the future. I voted for Matt Hughes, btw.

Post #2   4/21/09 7:28:11PM   

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Yeah it is sad but time goes on. Also I am surprised to see Wandys name coming up in a lot of these retirement threads. The man is only 32 yrs old. Hell thats about when chuck hit his prime. I think the ax murderer has a lot of fight left in him. I cant wait for his fight with Franklin.

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Posted by bls1919

Yeah it is sad but time goes on. Also I am surprised to see Wandys name coming up in a lot of these retirement threads. The man is only 32 yrs old. Hell thats about when chuck hit his prime. I think the ax murderer has a lot of fight left in him. I cant wait for his fight with Franklin.



Yeah, but I think it has more to do with the damage Wanderlei's taken. Like the author in the article said, he's been brutally KO'd in 3 of his last 5. That's just as bad as Chuck, and Dana had to intervene. Wanderlei would probably go to Japan though if Dana disallowed him from fighting in the UFC.. he's just that badass. lol

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Posted by Aaronyman


Posted by bls1919

Yeah it is sad but time goes on. Also I am surprised to see Wandys name coming up in a lot of these retirement threads. The man is only 32 yrs old. Hell thats about when chuck hit his prime. I think the ax murderer has a lot of fight left in him. I cant wait for his fight with Franklin.



Yeah, but I think it has more to do with the damage Wanderlei's taken. Like the author in the article said, he's been brutally KO'd in 3 of his last 5. That's just as bad as Chuck, and Dana had to intervene. Wanderlei would probably go to Japan though if Dana disallowed him from fighting in the UFC.. he's just that badass. lol



The only differenece is that 2 of those three happend a few years ago.

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Yeah, but it all adds up. His reaction time has slowed and his ability to take a punch has gotten worse. I think Wanderlei's in a very similar position to Chuck, which is why he needs to make a statement by beating Franklin then massacring the 185 division.

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Couture because of the age.

Post #7   4/21/09 7:59:42PM   

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I hate all these retirement articles. Im a huge Chuck Liddell fan and all of these are heart breaking to read everyone has seen the fights and the change but let the man decide for himself whats best for him!!!!

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So you'd rather see Liddell become a Muhammad Ali figure, or potentially die in the ring? Someone needs to intervene at some point IMO.

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I don't think we have seen the end of chuck liddell personally, if he does decide to retire it will be like randy couture, michael jordan. it will be temporary retirement.

Anyways it is hughes that i would assume will retire next, probably in 1 months time, i can just see hughes retiring after his fight with serra. the difference i think is chuck still has that knock out power and he feels like hes just gettin caught chuck thinks he could be champ again, because in terms of styles he can beat anyone, hughes knows he will never be champ 3 of his last 4 fights he has been ragdolled plus hughes was never big on training and he wants to be with his family.

I never liked chuck much but alll the chuck lovers need to keep their heads up cuz i know he will be back...im not sure how effective...but he will be back

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Son of a @#$@ I was going to write an article about the changing of the guard. This dude beat me to it!

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well i straight up refuse to beilieve that Nog will ever retire. he has only lost 1 fight to mir, the rest he simply ran outta time

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Posted by Aaronyman

So you'd rather see Liddell become a Muhammad Ali figure, or potentially die in the ring? Someone needs to intervene at some point IMO.




I didn't know we were talking about Ken Shamrock.......LOL

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Posted by Jackelope

Son of a @#$@ I was going to write an article about the changing of the guard. This dude beat me to it!



Haha, better luck next time!

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Nice article it was a really good read.

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