The Iceman Has Left the Octagon

Michael MrockCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 30:  UFC fighter Chuck Liddell arrives at the taping for Spike TV's 2nd Annual 'Guys Choice' Awards held at Sony Studios on May 30, 2008 in Culver City, California.  The show airs on June 22, 2008 at 10PM ET/PT on Spike TV.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Chuck Liddell may have walked out of the octagon for the last time after his defeat to Mauricio Shogun Rua at the Bell Center in Montreal. 

One of the UFC's greatest ambassadors was defeated in the same style in his loss to Rashad Evans, in that he left himself open for a punch that knocked him down.

However, he was conscious after the punch by Rua. Further punches while he was on the ground led to the TKO.  

Such an act is a norm in the UFC when a fight can change direction in the blink of an eye.  However for such an act to happen to Liddell in that he is getting knocked down leaves his fans knowing might be over.

Liddell in no way was the perfect fighter in technique.  He is not built like a tank.  His trick is a punching style that has the frequency of a machine gun. 

Once caught in such a firing squad, his opponent has no choice but to drop.  His lack of emotion is replaced by a run within the octagon with a yell that brings everyone to their feet.

After his loss to Rua, Chuck Liddell was provided with the honor of UFC President Dana White giving him help getting up.  Not many sports stars are given such an honor by the head of their league. 

True, Liddell and White are close friends, but the gesture is also one of the utmost respect for one of the UFC's greatest champions.

The UFC and the sports world will forever revere the mark that Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell had within MMA.  He brought the sport out of the octagon, out of the arena and into a level comparable with the major sports.  

The Iceman may have made his last slow walk among adoring fans to the silence of the locker room for the last time.

However, his presence will always remain within the UFC as a worthy example of how a champion carries himself.