Thanks For The Memories Chuck Liddell
At UFC 115 on June 13, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell approached the Octagon for what would should be his final fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championships against fellow future hall of famer Rich “Ace” Franklin. Everyone expected the Liddell mojo to be brought back on this night. Franklin wasn’t having any of it.
Despite a broken arm suffered after a Liddell kick early in the first round, Rich Franklin would knockout “The Iceman” with a short right hand that could be the final nail in the coffin that sends the legendary fighter into retirement. He’s 1-5 in his last six fights and four of his losses have been by knockout at the hands of Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the aforementioned Franklin.
It is the end of the road for what is quite possibly the biggest fighter to help usher the UFC into the mainstream. His storied run as Light Heavyweight champion was filled with explosive knockouts that excited MMA fans and raised the eyebrows of those who had yet to become interested in the up and coming sport. With 12 years of fighting under his belt, a 21-8 record, 13 dynamic knockouts and a slew of accolades, the 40-year old should not have anything to be ashamed of. UFC President and Liddell’s former manager Dana White has gone on record to say that Liddell will always be a part of the UFC. It is where his career started, and will be where his career ends.
The mohawk, the fighting style and the persona will be one that all fans of mixed martial arts will miss. The rivalries with Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture will go down in history and nobody will ever forget everything Liddell brought to the sport.
Thanks for the memories Chuck.