Why The Iceman Should Join Strikeforce
Yes, but tell me you haven't given some thought about the implications this move would have on the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
Although the "The Iceman" has struggled over the better part of the last 3 1/2 years, he no doubt wants to go out with a win and not the current KO loss at the hands of Rich Franklin.
Maybe a record breaking Strikeforce card with the main event being a much hyped Liddell vs. Mousasi.
Too good to be true?
By the way, that's a win for Liddell.
Either way, here is the top 3 reasons why The Iceman should retire with Strikeforce.
1) To f#$k Dana White - Nobody likes getting retired, fired, shutdown, or whatever else you can call the recent relationship between White and Liddell. Obviously as fans we love what Dana White has done for the sport, but let's face it, sometimes he has a way of rubbing people the wrong way. How funny would it be to be in the same room as White if he found out Chuck was making the move to Strikeforce? Priceless. The only thing that would be better is the look on White's face after Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker puts the 205 belt on Liddell. That could be enough for White to go TUF on any doors in the vicinity.
2) Bankroll - In these tough economic times, who doesn't need more income? I'm sure The Iceman is doing well financially after a long successful career, but a couple of wins in Strikeforce would get the "Iceman" marketing machine rolling again, gaining new exposure and fans on free national broadcasts on CBS. Liddell could start a new chapter in his fight career. One that could send him into retirement like he deserves in addition some huge paydays. You don't think Scott Coker would do whatever was possible short of bankrupting the company to sign Liddell? Those Vegas all nighter's tend to take a toll on the bank account. Why not replenish the play money a bit?
3) He's A Fighter - In this sport, the athletes truly do it for the love of it. The training. The competition. The glory. Over the next year, Liddell will realize he still has something prove. Still has the warrior spirit. Still wants to drop people. The UFC is the elite of the elite, but think about the possible fights. Gegard Mousasi. Rafael Cavalcante. King Mo Lawal. Kevin Randleman. Sokoudjou. Fedor? That might be a stretch considering the pension for skirt wearing by the man the world used to call "The Last Emperor." That being said, you still have the likes of Brett Rogers, Andrei Arlovski, and Josh Barnett from the stable of Strikeforce heavy weights.
Don't expect this to happen anytime soon, but as the layoff continues for Liddell, his competitive spirit will start getting restless, causing him to think over his options for the future. Liddell is part of that rare breed that literally would fight for free.
Anyone. Anytime. Anywhere.
He lived these words for a career, while some just use them for nice sounding media clips. It's hard to turn that passion off at the flip of a switch.
Nobody wants to see Liddell really get hurt, but I hope he doesn't ignore his own feelings due to outside pressure, choosing to call it quits when he was still capable at fighting at a high level.
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