Originally Posted by H0SS
I'm not saying you are completely wrong, because there is some truth to what you are saying. But I also think that people were expecting Liddell to win because after the first loss to Rampage, he went on a 7-fight win streak (against guys like Couture x2, Ortiz x2, Babalu, Jeremy Horn, and Vernon White), winning every single fight by KO or TKO.
Meanwhile, Jackson went 7-3 with some brutal losses to Wandy and Shogun.
Also, there was the whole speculation that Pride fighters were juicing...
Man, I miss the old days of Pride vs UFC. I hope some other promotion will rise up and rival the UFC. It would help the fighters, fans, and sport immensely to have some competition.
Agreed I also think Rampage has trouble fighting guys really proficient in MT. I too remember Liddell's winning streak but I also remembered Chuck's 1st fight with Rampage.
IMO Rampage simply had all the tools to beat Chuck in the rematch. Superb boxing, wrestling, a strong chin, good defense. If Chuck would have been proficient in MT like Shogun or Wandy Rampage probably would have gotten wrecked.