Originally Posted by Masscore
How can you say that? A prime Liddell would be a handful for any of the top fighters. I bet you the Liddell from 2005/2006 would beat Bader, Evans, Davis, Thiago Silva, Lil'Nog and Griffin of today. Plus he would be a handful for Machida, Shogun, Jones, Goose and Hendo.
Wand is a completely different story and to be honest the Wandy that went on that 18-0-1 run would a terror for any LHW of today. If you missed out on his Pride days you missed out on a guy that was the definition of pure aggression and violence. I did not say Prime Wandy v. Jones because a Prime Wandy hangs Jones on the side of the cage.
yes i must have missed that...
huge wand fan. got me into mma.
Even with liddell's great TDD, guys like Bader, Davis, and Mo are phenomenal wrestlers...
I say lil nog outboxes liddell, but it could be a toss up either way. Id take liddell over T. Silva and Griffen. Id probably take him over Goose as well, but the book is still open on Alex, he is still young, so we dont know.
Hendo is a horrible matchup for liddell, he is a much better version of Randay. Faster, Better standup, Better chin, huge power. Id take Hendo over Liddell then, now, and before. He would always have liddells number.
Shogun is a better striker all around than Chuck, and chuck would try and stand with him.
Machida would pick Chuck apart, now or even when Chuck was back in his prime.(Machida was still a beast then. I was hoping they would fight, but Rampage took him out first.)
Id definetly take Evans now over Liddell. Rashad is very chinny at times, so yes liddell could knock him out. But Rashad could win standing by outpointing him, getting the ko, or taking him down.
Not a huge Jones fan, but the guy is special. He beats liddell however he wants. Sure he might not Ko liddell, but he has shown the ability to hang with better strikers than Liddell was. Also I have no doubts that he could get liddell down. Back then could we have imagined guys like Bj and Hughes to be put on their back time after time.... GSP was able to, Jones would do that to liddell if he wanted to.