"Hanging-up the Gloves: Chuck Liddell is just the Beginning"
"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.
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Chuck Liddell retirement decision likely to come in the ‘next week’ …
… according to his long-time trainer, John Hackleman, in the latest interview with Action Sports:
“It’s going to be done when Chuck decides it’s done and we sit down somewhere on the beach probably in Hawaii and just say you know what it’s done, then we’ll decide. Not after a fight that he got stopped by one of the best fighters on a planet, that’s not the time to decide if it’s done or not. He’s been ko’d twice in his entire life. It’s not time to retire because of that.”
Anderson Silva vs. Roy Jones Junior Won't Happen Anytime Soon If Ever
Despite Roy Jones' suggestions to the contrary, the fight between Jones and Anderson Silva will almost surely never happen, at least not on a major stage. First of all, Silva has 3 or 4 more fights on his current deal. The deal is not done in September. Silva signed a six fight extension in 2008.
The second obstacle is Anderson's contractual status. If he continues to win, his contract automatically extends under the championship clause. If he loses, the value in this fight pretty much disappears. He's trapped in the contract, which may explain his recent tantrums.
The third obstacle is that there's no money in this if Anderson loses and the UFC isn't involved. Without UFC promotion, this fight is worthless on PPV, and the UFC will never be involved in promoting this.
Spike To Air Rogan Comedy Special After TUF 9 Finale
June 20 will be a good night for Joe Rogan fans. After he's done working the TUF 9 finale, Spike will air a one-hour special from his comedy performance taped the night before UFC 96. And according to Rogan, the midnight ET timeslot means the show can and will air uncensored.
Mir on Lesnar: "I Probably Wouldn't Like Me Either If I Made Myself Tap Out in Ninety Seconds"
A little less than three months out from his rematch with Brock Lesnar at UFC 100, and Frank Mir is already starting in on the trash talk and mind games in this Raw Vegas interview. He's decided to go the self-deprecating route, which means Forrest Griffin has a royalty check coming. Mir also isn't afraid to toss a few little burns in there just for the hell of it, even commenting at one point on the "penis" tattooed on Lesnar's chest. You can thank Dave Farra for bringing that up. Hey, we were all thinking it.
Aside from the Lesnar talk, Mir offers the best response yet to the inevitable Fedor questions. Instead of doubting his credentials and just refusing to talk about the guy, Mir says it's "not fair" that other heavyweights have gotten a chance to feel how hard Fedor hits and he might never get that opportunity. You have to admit he has a point. It's about time somebody called Fedor out on his discriminatory punching practices.
UFC Quick Quote: Matt Hughes now intends to take ‘bathroom breaks’ when Anderson Silva fights
“ Don’t have much to say about the fight. Thales obviously wanted to fight on the ground and even took Anderson down, but couldn’t keep him there. I really disliked it when Thales would just fall to his butt and expect Anderson to jump on top of him; but even more disappointing was Anderson’s lack of aggressiveness. He never seemed like he wanted to finish the fight. Halfway through the third round … we just decided to go home. It’s not the first time that Anderson has done this to me. When he fought Cote, it was about the same thing. Next time we have a party and Anderson is on the card…. Well, I’ll just say that at least I can expect to take a bathroom break or to go grab a refreshment when it comes time for him to fight. I heard Dana’s comments after the fight and how he was embarrassed. I don’t think Dana should be embarrassed all he can do is put the fighters in the octagon and once again I was a little surprised to hear Dana say this; but Dana White is a man who speaks what’s on his mind.”
UFC Cuts Josh Burkman
Although Josh Burkman has been unofficially out of UFC since November when his contract expired it's now official. UFC officially released Burkman several weeks ago, it was revealed today. He was 5-5 in UFC but has lost 3 straight and 4 of his last 5.
Spider camp calls Silva greasing allegations ‘Ridiculous’
“How much Vaseline can they put on someone’s eyebrows that’s going to make a difference? Where’s he going to wipe it? If he wasn’t wiping it on his shorts, where would he wipe it? It wasn’t like he was rubbing it in. He just took it off. We didn’t put it on. It was [the cutman] that put it on.”
BABALU OUT OF JUNE 6 FIGHT, FEIJAO STILL ON CARD
The light heavyweight title fight scheduled for the Strikeforce card on June 6 has been postponed as the champion, Renato "Babalu" Sobral, has been forced out of the bout with the due date of his child being born falling too close to the fight. His opponent, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante will remain on the card against an as of yet unnamed opponent.
Dana White bullish on Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre in Toronto
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre needs to get by Thiago Alves at UFC 100, and middleweight champion Anderson Silva needs at least another win (likely at light heavyweight).
Additionally, the city would actually need to first regulate the sport of mixed martial arts, something the UFC is optimistic will happen by early 2010.
But UFC President Dana White is bullish on the possibility of a St. Pierre vs. Silva mega-fight taking place in Toronto sometime soon.
Rashad Evans "I felt so bad for him" (Chuck Liddell)
“There were no changes. I knew that before the fight because an inside source told me that it was just a front. It’s too late for him. His reactions and ability to take punishment is gone and you could never get that back.”
He deteriorated so fast, it’s not even funny. Just a season ago he was on his way back after his win over Wandy and now, it’s over. You have to wonder if he is on the border of a medical problem.”
Spiders and Outsiders
by Jordan Breen (email@example.com)
Anderson Silva fascinates me. He fascinates me now more than ever.
Since his metamorphosis into the human weapon in 2005, Silva has been largely a counterstriker whose penchant for brutality is only coaxed out through fighters who attempt to draw first blood, such as Chris Leben, Rich Franklin, Travis Lutter and so on. At this point, Silva's reputation is almost cancerous. Fighters are too hesitant to engage him without the most meticulous planning of every single body movement, which results in long periods of nothingness in the cage.
So, if I have a logical explanation for Silva’s last two throne defenses, why do I have a sense of wonder about Silva that hadn't existed for the better part of a decade I’ve been watching him? It isn't just his sudden turn from beloved MMA hero to enigmatic public enemy. It is the fact that this unfortunate transformation has coincided with his Roy Jones Jr. obsession.
Never mind the fact that Silva is obsessed with boxing a fighter who, however faded, is still a serious pugilist -- a fact that can't be trivialized (ask celebrated striker K.J. Noons, who was handled in a recent six-round boxing match against anonymous competition). Silva's fixation on Jones is an anachronism: Jones is nearly seven years past his prime, not a great draw outside of his faithful Floridian fans and the boxing world generally wants the former pound-for-pound king to bow out rather than embarrass himself by fighting onward. Silva's angling for Jones is clearly not based on prestige, unless Silva is akin to Hiroo Onoda in his avoidance of boxing news over the last six years.
Given Silva's opportunity to feasibly wipe out every serious challenger at middleweight, and take on challenges at 205 pounds, I find his desire to fight Jones truly fascinating. I don't find it fascinating for the potential fight itself, where I would expect Silva to be simply and soundly outboxed, out of his depth in the vastly different waters of the sweet science. It engrosses me partially because I can't rationalize it: With prestige not part of the equation, what is it about RJJ that is so magnetic and enchanting for Silva? That question has led me to fixate on the parallels between the two fighters and has left me wondering if Silva sees Jones as more of an idol than an opponent.
The similarities between their careers are arresting. Since Silva's reemergence following the Chonan debacle, his lone loss was a maligned disqualification to Yushin Okami for an illegal upkick. During Jones' rapid climb to pound-for-pound preeminence, his only loss came at the hands of Montell Griffin, a bout in which he was disqualified for indiscreetly hitting Griffin after having knocked him down.
Eric Schafer vs Tomasz Drwal for TUF 9 Finale
Light heavyweights Eric Schafer and Tomasz Drawl have signed contracts to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on June 20th in Las Vegas.
MMAFrenzy.com learned of the 205-pound matchup on Sunday from a source close to one of the fighters.
Team England set to make its M-1 Challenge debut against Team Japan on April 29
England is considered one of the top regions in the world when it comes to the increasing popularity of the sport of mixed martial arts. However, a contingent of British fighters was noticeably absent from last year’s M-1 Challenge (www.M-1Global.com), an team-based International competition featuring 16 teams from all over the globe competing for the right to be world champions.
But on Wednesday, April 29 at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan, Team England will make its much anticipated debut during the 2009 “M-1 Challenge presented by Affliction.”
Despite Recent Losses, UFC Not Likely To Cut MacDonald
Normally a stretch like 3 losses in your last 4 fights gets you cut from UFC. But Jason MacDonald, who is in such a stretch after losing ot Nate Quarry at UFC 97, may be spared Das Boot. Dana White said good things about MacDonald after the event, which suggest he'll probably stick around a bit longer despite this stretch and only being 5-5 in UFC.