Chuck Liddell: Sad But True

Matt RandallCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009

BEVERLY HILLS - OCTOBER 23:  UFC figther Chuck Liddell arrives at the Stand Up For Skate Parks To Benefit The Tony Hawk Foundation at a private residence on October 23, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Chuck Liddell should change his name to The Sandman and not to try and emulate James Irvin.

Like the legendary metal band Metallica, Chuck is past his prime, trying to relieve the glory days.

The days where Chuck is the baddest man on the planet are long gone, very similar to how the days where Metallica is the heaviest, baddest metal band on the plant are also days in the past.

Both might be hard pills to swallow, bother legends in their prime, followed by milelions idolized by thousands of up and comers and literally spawned the present stars of each respected profession.

Of course, we all love a comeback, from Rocky to Rambo, Jordan to Magic and Randy Couture to Lance Armstrong. No one can resist cheering for the athlete who has come back to make another hurrah another attempt to regain glory.

Much like Metallica, Chuck had the bang, the power the ability to strike fear into the eyes of his opponents and even the wallets of the few betting against him.

The hair may be different, but both Chuck and Metallica seem to be heading down the same career path.

Eve if we know it in our hearts, that we have to let go of these icons. Why do we have such difficulty doing it?

Metallica was somehow nominated for a Grammy and Chuck was given a shot back into title contention.

Why are these legends still trying to compete and perform like they did in their glory days?

Is it for the love of the sport or the music, the burning desire to win and the will to compete?

It can't be for the need of money or the want of both, both have achieved in that sense, ten fold.

I believe it is to prove that they haven't fallen off, they haven't lost that step and to show that they belong at the top of the hill with the big boys.

I'm sorry to say that they don't belong anymore, they have lost a step and they are at the bottom of the hill, which has turned into a mountain, looking up.

Unfortunately, its hard to say goodbye, of course we can always throw on an old fight on YouTube and play old tracks on iTunes.

But sometimes, it doesn't feel like that is enough.

We must remember as quick as they jump into their respected scene, someone else will just as easily take their place.

I am going to leave you with a quote "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and although it may be sad but true, Chuck, Metallica, this time the bell tolls for you.