Many fans consider Chuck Liddell to be the most popular fighter in the history of the UFC, and even though it has been almost two years since his final fight in the Octagon, the former UFC light heavyweight champion still considers doing whatever he can to help the growth of the sport from outside the cage.
"The sport is just going to keep growing," Liddell said in an interview with MMAweekly.com. "It's a great sport. I mean, it comes down to if you like combat sports, you have to like this sport. You gotta appreciate it if you like combat sports."
When asked about if any improvements could be made, Liddell quickly pointed to judging, one of the more controversial aspects of MMA and most combat sports for its subjective nature.
"I honestly want to sit down and watch that round with a judge and go, 'ok, explain to me how he won this round,'" Liddell said. "Just show me, just tell me, point it out as we go, what he did that made him win this round. I'm baffled."
Although Liddell is concerned with controversial decisions, he never had to deal with any during his title reign, which saw him defending his title four times and winning every fight by knockout.
Not everyone is capable of doing this, and the saying "don't leave it in the hands of the judges" is one of the most annoying things someone can tell a fighter after he deserves to win a decision, but doesn't get it. Judges have to be held accountable for the decisions they make, and telling a fighter to not let it go the distance because the judges rarely get it right is ridiculous.
Other fighters like former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar have been involved in several close fights throughout his career, including three title fights versus BJ Penn, Gray Maynard and Ben Henderson.
Good judges are needed to score fights correctly. Even if a fight is close, there are sometimes lopsided scores going one way or the other when they probably shouldn't be.
"I've seen fights before where I thought it could have gone either way, should've been two rounds to three either way, but I've seen it four rounds to one or five rounds to nothing, and I'm like, what fight are we watching?" Liddell said.
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