John Hackleman discusses Chuck Liddell’s disappointing loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who they want to fight next and when. Plus, you don’t want to miss what he had to say regarding the rumors of Liddell’s partying too much as well as why he doesn’t like the way Jackson is handling the win.
PC: How are you doing John?
JH: Good. Chuck’s right here training. He’s back. We cut down the break in between fights. We have to get back a little quicker and get back into it slowly.
PC: Looking back at the Rampage fight, was there something he could’ve done differently or do you think he just got caught?
JH: No. Nah, he got caught. He could’ve done things different, but it happened. He saw an opening and he took it and Chuck got caught. It happens to everyone obviously. If no one ever capitalized on mistakes, no one would ever lose. He got caught. He made a mistake and that was it. He made a mistake, but then he didn’t make a mistake at the same time. He went for an opening and just like in any fight, it’s about timing and that’s what happened; couldn’t have done anything any different.
PC: I know this was a disappointing loss for you guys. When Chuck went down, did you think he would recover or did you know it was over?
JH: I knew it. As soon as I saw him get hit, I knew it was over. I think John did a great job.
PC: It’s been so long since Chuck has lost a fight. How is he dealing with the loss mentally?
JH: I’m not in his mind, but he’s right here training already. We talked after the fight and we’ve gone to breakfast a couple of times and talked about some things in the future. It’s like he said after the fight, he saw an opening and went for it and he paid the price.
PC: Have you guys heard anything from the UFC about when they would like Chuck to fight again?
JH: No. ASAP! As soon as possible for us.
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