Originally Posted by Mr. Bungle
I find that a lot of MMA guys come in all wild and swinging big crazy haymakers. As an ex-boxer it always makes me laugh my bag off...99% of the stand up in MMA is pure armature...these guys wouldn't last 30 seconds against even a mediocre pro-boxer if the "take down" was out of the equation. I do think it's getting better though, fighters are obviously working a lot on their stand up but christ they have a long, long way to go.
I agree that mma standup, in general, has improved a bit but still has a loooong
way to go overall.
Chuck swings with everything and, as a result, has produced some fantastic knockouts. A few things though. First, his punches are too wide and his CHIN IS UP EXPOSED, and he stands squared up offering both head and body as a target.
No one Chuck has fought from Ortiz to Belfort on down protects their chin NOR do they punch straight, but loop their punches as well. QJ is one exception though.
Streetsoldier had success against Chuck because he boxes cleaner than Liddell keeping his chin down, hands up in a classic stance, and he fought low slipping under and attacking from under those haymakers. And when Liddell missed, Streetsoldier made him pay for it countering well and driving him back.
In terms of power Liddell has it. In terms of technique he lacks....SORELY. In terms of effectiveness, he's money....but based on my observation this is due by in large to the lack of overall striking technique widely and currently practiced in mma.