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Chuck Liddell: I can't stand the way Chael Sonnen promotes fights

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By Steven Marrocco April 21, 2014 2:30 pm



Call Chuck Liddell old-fashioned, but he’s not much a fan of pre-fight theatrics.

Persona-driven fighters don’t do much for the former champ and UFC Hall of Famer when it comes to getting him excited about a matchup.

“It’s like Chael Sonnen,” Liddell told MMAjunkie this past week. “Chael’s a nice guy. I’ve met him and hung out with him. I like him, and he’s a nice guy. I can’t stand the way he promotes fights.

“I understand what he’s doing; he wasn’t the most exciting fighter, so he made himself exciting by promoting the fight really well, and he got himself a couple of title shots for it. It works, but that whole crazy WWE-type stuff, that over-the-top stuff when you’re fighting a guy, doesn’t make sense to me, and I don’t like it.

“But it is what it is. Some of the fans like it, and it gets people to watch fights, that’s fine.”

Liddell, who retired from active competition in 2010, doesn’t do much verbal sparring these days – that is, unless it involves his longtime rival, Tito Oritz. He came pretty close to WWE-style promotion in his near-trilogy of fights with the also-retired ex-champ and UFC Hall of Famer.

Liddell and Ortiz jawed at each other in the cage, after fights, on a reality-show set and in the media. Liddell came out ahead every time fists actually started flying, but the rivalry helped the UFC sell more than a million pay-per-view buys.

As beneficial as trash-talking has been to Liddell, however, he doesn’t like to see it in others. He couldn’t summon much of a response for expert trash-talker Michael Bisping, who at the time of the interview was about to fight Tim Kennedy after the two happily engaged each other in the media.

“I’ve kind of gotten over the persona thing; I haven’t paid much attention to what he’s been doing,” Liddell said. “But I’m one of those guys that if you’re doing something to get in my head and get me irritated, it’s real hard to get me irritated. Because I know that’s why you’re doing it. I’m not going to give you the satisfaction of getting me irritated. I know that’s what you’re trying to do, so whatever, guy.”

But Liddell also spoke of a line that shouldn’t be crossed to hype a fight, and he pointed out Sonnen as an example of someone whose verbal attacks have gone beyond fair game. Insults about nationality, in particular, were disrespectful.

Sonnen, of course, gave a series of infamous interviews in which he disparaged Brazilians in the buildup to a pair of fights with now-former middleweight champ Anderson Silva.

“Some of the things he said, as far as I’m concerned, are over the line,” Liddell said. “Unless you’re known as an actor or being a WWE guy, you can get away with some of that stuff because everybody knows it’s fake.”

Liddell initially suspected Sonnen’s recent brawl with Wanderlei Silva on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″ was staged and thought the UFC might have taken a “horrible” turn toward the types of hoaxes that are part and parcel of professional wrestling. He added that he would reserve judgement until he saw the footage.

The whole thing, however, was another example of how things have changed for Liddell as he looks at the sport with an outsider’s perspective.

“I’m sure [Sonnen] didn’t mean to start it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he crossed the line and Wanderlei took a swing at him,” Liddell said. “Everyone has a line, and especially fighters.”

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I guess Chuck's brain trauma has finally reached 2010. I can't wait to hear his thoughts on the absorption of the lighter weight classes, Strikeforce guys coming over and womens MMA.


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I guess Chuck's brain trauma has finally reached 2010. I can't wait to hear his thoughts on the absorption of the lighter weight classes, Strikeforce guys coming over and womens MMA.
The ignorance on this forum is reaching Sherdog levels.

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what is it lately with all the moaning because the UFC uses crusty publicity techniques. Is it crude? Feck yes. Is it like the WWE sometimes. Indeed it seems to be headed that way. Except for one fundamental thing. Each and every one of us watches MMA for the fighting. The shit that happens on the scary side of the cage. And all the talk, the theatre, the multitude of embarrassing facepalm moments. All can feck off like small flies compared to the action and drama in the cage.

By comparison the WWE totally relys on the drama outside the fights. The fans demand it.

So please. Lets stop whining and bickering because some stupid words are being spoke by feck knows who. This is not the WWE. It will never be. When the fighting starts, playtime is over mutherfeckers. As long as thats the case and why we all watch this shit, why moan.

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No it's been four years, if Chuck had an issue he shouldn't have waited a near half decade to bring it up.


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My man Chuck speak'n truth and educating fools!

Tons of guys love Chael and his ways. Yet the same guys will throw a hissy fit if you compare Pro Wrestling to MMA.

Chael Sonnen's shit is already old. Unless you can't let go of your WWF past there is nothing that great about Sonnen's crap. I admit, I have laughed a couple times just out of the sheer ridiculousness of some of the things he says. But I enjoy him way more when he is doing pre-shows, semi serious, breaking down fights. The guy is very good at that.

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No it's been four years, if Chuck had an issue he shouldn't have waited a near half decade to bring it up.
Why?
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The ignorance on this forum is reaching Sherdog levels.

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I see that too, while offenses have been allowed to go beyond Sherdog levels already.
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My man Chuck speak'n truth and educating fools!

Why?
You want to try bumping threads from four years ago and see the reaction. If you really don't think their is a statue of limitations for talking about topics go ahead and do it.

If your man had an issue he should have said something when it was happening. Your going to be nice to the guys face for years and then rip him publicly ....men don't do that from where I'm from.

Or I'm sorry is that to "Sherdog" for some of you.


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Is Chuck Liddell still a relevant figure in MMA histry? Yes.

Did he call a press conference to announce what he thinks about Chael Sonnen? Hard to believe (NO)

Did somebody asked him about the subject? Most probably.

So, if a bunch of mere internet fans like us can talk about MMA related subjects, why can't a former Champ HOF when he pleases, where he pleases?
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You want to try bumping threads from four years ago and see the reaction. If you really don't think their is a statue of limitations for talking about topics go ahead and do it.

If your man had an issue he should have said something when it was happening. Your going to be nice to the guys face for years and then rip him publicly ....men don't do that from where I'm from.

Or I'm sorry is that to "Sherdog" for some of you.
So because a guy says he doesn't like the way a guy promotes a fight it means they have to be enimies and can't be decent to each other?

Where the F are you from dude? Maybe from where you are from they should get some thicker skin.

So the very first time Sonnen went WWE with it Chuck should have came out and made a statement? What? That is hilarious.

That was publically ripping him? Saying he understands why he does it but doesn't care for it? Man you and the people where you come from should quit acting like dramatic little girls and have enough self esteem to take criticism.
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