June 13, 2010 by Post Team
Chuck Liddell:If one thing can be said about the former Chuck Liddell and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, is planning to leave everything on the ring.
“My plan is to make another run for the title,” Liddell said on a conference call recently. Former light heavyweight champion of UFC Rich Franklin is fighting in UFC 115 on Saturday.
Cro Cop had a similar prognosis for its future: “I will continue fighting as long as you can, as long as I feel fit, as people would like to see me fight.” The 2006 Pride Open Weight Grand Prix winner takes on rising heavyweight contender Pat Berry on Saturday.
The problem is that with Liddle losing four of his last five fights, and Cro Cop have not beaten a top fighter Josh Barnett MMA since 2006, it appears that men are unable to compete at the elite level more. The bad habits that Liddell could get away with it at its best has been hit by devastating knockout loss. Cro Cop, once feared for its striking, acted gun-shy and was sprayed on the feet in the UFC 103 per dos Santos Junior.
In addition to poor performance in recent outings, the other thing that Filipovic and Liddell have in common is that both may retire after his arrest the losses in the UFC 103, UFC 97, respectively. Cro Cop quickly retracted his statements, back in the UFC 110 to beat late replacement Anthony Perosh. Liddell’s retirement was announced in reality a question Dana White at UFC 97 post-fight press conference. A war of words came during the forced retirement from Liddell trainer Hackleman, John, and the president of UFC, finally returning to Liddell last fall for coach of the season 11 of “The Ultimate Fighter, Tito Ortiz next opponent expected (Ortiz later withdrew from the struggle for a neck injury that required surgery).
Barry disputes that Cro Cop has lost none of its force, “There are older, slower, weaker, nothing. It is the whole world is now even better what happened.”
Similarly, Franklin received the challenge posed by Liddell, saying: “When you have the opportunity to fight someone like Chuck, that’s not something you can refuse.”
There are reasons why these potentially fighting for Liddell and Filipovic: With the fight at 205 pounds, Chuck Liddell has a size and strength advantage over former 185-pound champion Rich Franklin. As for Cro Cop, who has more experience, having had six times more than MMA fights (36) against much stronger competition that makes Barry (6).
Moreover, not only Cro Cop and Liddell prefer to exchange up, but Franklin and Barry are also the two, especially the forwards. That means that whoever connects first or more often can notch a victory, but is winning the only true indicator of whether the decision to retire was not correct?
Recently, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre made a statement defending its approach to safety first to the fight: “I’m not going to name names, but if I would tell you names, you know he is a fighter, not it is, and now has a problem with his career because he had beaten too “, will say” You can not get hit more. ”
Although we can not be sure, there was some speculation that St-Pierre was referring to Liddell, who has been arrested three times in his last five fights by former UFC champion Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans, and current UFC heavyweight champion Rua Shogun.
As for Cro Cop, which points to a nagging leg injury and of inferior quality sparring partners as factors in their past actions, but Filipovic No. 1 enemy has been a loss of desire when it comes to beating top-level opponents. Still easily defeated inferior competition, like Liddell could do if he chose easier match-ups.
His lackluster fights aside, both Liddell and Cro Cop are enjoying great popularity, and can still be used as assets of the company shows top headlines. But is there a parallel with Muhammad Ali, who went for a long time? And if Liddell suffered another devastating knockout loss, has a sports commission to intervene for their own safety?
We can get our answers Saturday.
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