Chuck Liddell: Take the Right Path

Mark HoppsCorrespondent IApril 23, 2009

CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 30:  LA INK's Kat Von D (L) and UFC fighter Chuck Liddell present the 'Ballsiest Band' award onstage during the taping of 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 Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

There have been many things said about the excellent former HW Champion recently regarding his future in the sport.

This may not be a groundbreaking piece of writing on the subject, but I felt compelled to add my opinion on the best step that Chuck Liddell can take after his crushing defeat at the hands of Rua.

I am a huge fan of Chuck and he has brought me to my feet in many fights. Let's face it, who wouldn't get excited watching one of the most impressive counterpunches ever? However, the game has changed and age will catch up with us all.

The fighting style that Chuck has ingrained into himself is one that requires you take a few punches to win the fight. Sadly, the ability to take a punch has been lost. A combination of age and a number of knockouts have beaten this ability out of him.

This is not speculation. The fact is, being knocked out affects you both mentally and physically. You can overcome the mental effects of a KO, but sadly, not the physical.

I agree with Dana when he said he never wants to see Chuck laid out on a UFC mat again. There are so many good things he can be doing for the sport instead.

I would love to see Chuck added to the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 100 with all the grandeur UFC royalty deserves. I then would love to see him become an ambassador for the sport, particularly joining the fight to get the UFC sanctioned in New York and other areas still stuck with archaic opinions of MMA.

There is no one better for this job. He is arguably the most famous MMA star in the world, and he could do good in ways no other could, like gaining exposure when others would be shut out.

Does he have a couple more fights in him? Probably, but I would rather see him fight for the sport, not in it, before his star fades and he becomes less valuable in the fight to get MMA globally excepted.

You are a legend, Chuck. Please choose the right path and remain one forever.