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Old 11-26-2006, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After Tito, Retirement For Chuck?

hes 36, undefeated in a while now, if he defeats his only opponent left in the UFC, should he retire?

I know a lot wants to see Chuck vs Silva, but its getting slimmer everyday, new annoucements being made for each fighter.


I personally think he should, how many fighters hope they would of retired before they got crushed then had no choice to do so? Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie(i hope hes retired..)...

Sure Liddell seems unbeatable right now, and Tito is the only one in the UFC that is close to having a chance. If he does win, why should he stick around to get a chance at loosing at some1 who shoulnt have the right to fight him?
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Old 11-26-2006, 11:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would love to see liddell have a couple more fights for sure. There is a couple possible up n comers in Rashad and Bisbing that I would like to see fight Liddell in a year or so. Also Brandon Vera has openly challenged him to a fight even if its not for the belt. I cant see how chuck would back down from that fight. And with the WFA on the verge of dieing, I could see the UFC hopefully picking up fighters like Rampage and Machida. I am sure LIddell would love a rematch with rampage before he retires to avenge the only loss he hasnt avenged yet.

Liddell doesnt seem to be slowing down either, sure he is an older fighter but so far it has not affected his performance. I guess we will really see in the Tito fight if he is still at the top of his game.
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Old 11-26-2006, 11:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmmm...it's possible I guess, but not very probable.

I see Liddell wanting to fight at least 2-3 more fights after the Tito match, regardless of the outcome of that one.

I see him maybe fighting:

- Vera (Because of Brandon calling him out)

- Evans (Whether we like it or not, he's rising quickly)
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Old 11-26-2006, 11:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Id love to see rampage again, and his style is good for the UFC(slamming lol..), but to be realistic, i dont see him fighting more than twice a year, and i think if hes not retiring after tito, hes def retiring if he fights 2 other fighters and remains undefeated... how old was randy when he retired?
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Old 11-26-2006, 11:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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He won't retire until his body turns on him! More then likely he'll go up to the heavyweight division to seek new challenges!
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Old 11-27-2006, 12:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I say he needs to fight Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson before retiring
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Old 11-27-2006, 12:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Remember guys, Randy Couture was older than dirt when he retired LOL just kiddin, but Chucks got a few years left in him. Id like to see him fight Wand, obviously, and this talk about him fighting Vera kinda entices me as well
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Old 11-27-2006, 01:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have heard people speak negatively of fighters who they feel don’t retire “when they should” but when is that? If I’m a fighter with a true passion for the sport and a drive to compete I’m not going out until my competition can put me out…and when do you decide that? After one loss? Two? Three? Only a fighter knows when it’s his/her time to hang up the gloves...us spectators might view it as sad or a shame that they keep fighting after their prime but we should remember that this is also their job. This is what puts food on their families table and if they want to keep going I say go ahead if there is interest in their fights.

Don’t you also think it’s incredibly noble and shows great sportsmanship and class for a fighter nearing the end of his career to give the up and comer a shot at a legend? Do you really respect a fighter who goes out on top? I used to be a huge boxing fan and I know how most of us feel about Lennox Lewis retiring in his prime without giving deserving fighters a chance. Most think he’s a coward punkassmotherfcuker…he’ll never go down in history with the great champions like Ali, Frazer, Foreman, Leonard etc.

I have nothing but respect for the guys who have to be dragged out of the sport kicking and screaming.

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Don’t you also think it’s incredibly noble and shows great sportsmanship and class for a fighter nearing the end of his career to give the up and comer a shot at a legend?
Do you have any examples? In the cases of Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock, I didn't view their last fights as noble but rather pathetic, they were well past the end of the their careers and were just cashing in, which of course they had the right to do as they built this organization, the money available now wasn't available back then. But UFC should have been ashamed IMO to humiliate their legends like that.

Randy Couture retiring after his last fight with Liddell, that was classy as you know he could still be fighting if he wanted to.
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Old 11-27-2006, 04:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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"Just cashing in"

Are you serious? Yeah, they made money off of those fights but do you really think that as a "business" decision it was considered wise for Gracie to put his UFC record and reputation on the line? Do you think that Royce or Ken are so hard up that they decided it was worth risking their legacy by taking a fight that they knew they would lose and look bad in? C'mon, that doesn’t even make sense...they fought because even though the odds were against them they thought they had a chance. I think the loss far outweighs the nominal monetary gain from one big fight...especially if they have outside MMA enterprises ie: schools, endorsements, etc.
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