Originally Posted by UFCFAN18
Ya sorry don't mean to come across as pissy.
For the record I am a Liddell fan also. One of the biggest supporters going into UFC 97 (look back if you want) don't know though that fight just completely sucked my faith away. He didn't even look like Chuck Liddell he looked like Mark Coleman wearing Iceman shorts.
Going into UFC 97 there was lot's of talk about Chuck evolving as a fighter taking this make seriously etc etc but in the end nothing changed or improved at all, in fact he got worse. Rashad's KO might have been more devastating but I feel like Chuck was winning up until that point. Who knows though this has been a long time off and the pics I have seen CHUCK IS IN SHAPE.
Not really even a huge Franklin fan ether this is just my prediction. Unfortunately I see Liddell living out the rest of his fights in Hughes fashion, Semi-Retired.
All good man. I probably came off like a prick in my initial post as well. So apologies here.
I'd throw out his UFC 97 performance. Not making excuses for him but following the Rashad KO I think he came back too quickly and he wasn't mentally into that fight thanks to Dana pressuring him into retirement. Now he's had 14 months off, should be healed, didn't let himself get out of shape, and has had more time to work with Howard Davis to actually improve his striking defense and movement.
I like the Franklin match up for Chuck but he's got to stop relying solely on his hands. He needs to get back to using his kicks and needs to start using his wrestling to do damage and not just score points. He was saying all the right things during the media call today that made me believe he'll win this fight.
Biggest thing he needs to do is make Franklin pay for all the kicks he's going to throw. If he does that and just doesn't allow Rich to batter his legs and body then I think he'll win.
I'm a Liddell supported through and through. I'm pretty much talking myself into a huge disappointment following the fight but whatever. If he gets KO'd or even loses a close decision, he should probably give it up for good. But Franklin isn't a young quick fighter like Rashad and Shogun were. Like Liddell, his best days are likely behind him.