He could have stood and continued banging but hey its MMA right? I could just as easily call Randy Couture a coward for going for the take down against JT.
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Again, how was it revisionist?Like others have said, this is a revisionist way of looking at things.
How many bombs did he throw in the last 25 seconds? Or is that not part of the "whole" fight?Chuck was throwing BOMBS at Wandy the whole fight.
Again, I'm not accusing Liddell of being Bisping, or Edgar, or Clay Guida or one of a host of fighters who don't look to finish. I'm not even accusing him of being Georges, who is is capable of the finish, but too conservative to commit. I'm not even saying he didn't go out on his shield.
But I am saying it was a shitty ending to a fight I'd waited 5 years to see--and one I had Liddell winning going into it. And that ending makes him criticizing other fighters--fighters in a different era, and without the special relationship Chuck enjoys with dana--ring a bit hollow for me. If you guys want to keep him on a pedestal and gaze upon him with rose-colored glasses, be my guest.
But saying he looked at the clock--he did--and chose to shoot for a TD--again, he did--because it was a safer option than standing with Wandi--and it was--and then rode out the rest of the round without "throwing bombs"--because he didn't--is anything but revisionist history.
Do I wish there were more Chuck Liddell's today and less Guida/Bisping/Edgar types? Absolutely, and I'm not denying that. I just thought that particular statement rang hollow.
EDIT: Oh great. Now you jackasses have made Roaddawg agree with me.
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The one thing that sticks with me from the Chuck/Wand bout is when Chuck got dropped near the end of the round and how Wand retrospectively wishes he'd have pounced....
I remember being really PO'd at Chuck during the third, since he wasn't giving Wand looks on the feet that Wand would probably need to win the fight and was taking him to the mat to avoid the trades. I think it's fair to say that Chuck chose not to exchange on the feet with Wand as much in the third and played it safer by grappling him.
Times change today the UFC is looking to thin it's roster. So it's easier to get cut. Not that I'm for safe fighting, but can understand it.
It's so nice to see Roaddawg and Riv as buddies
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