Welcome, to the first installment of Time Warp Battle where we pit two fighters from different eras against one another to see who reigns supreme.
Standing the red corner we have film star and International Karate Champion Chuck “Nicknames Are For Pussies” Norris, and in the blue corner UFC light-heavyweight Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell.
Norris is a well versed traditional martial artist, holding black belts in Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, Shito Ryu Karate, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but all of his competitive accolades all came in the realm of non-contact. Norris is undoubtedly one of the greatest western martial artists of all-time but his lack of experience in the world of full contact will not help him inside the octagon.
While many of the skills and techniques of full and non-contact are the same the application and response are very different. All of the training in the world means very little if you cannot take or are not prepared to take punishment. Getting hit in the face changes the entire complexion of one’s approach.
The man standing across the cage from Norris is someone who takes great pleasure in hitting people in the face. That man is Chuck Liddell.
In 2006 Chuck Liddell was the reining UFC light-heavyweight champion. During 2006 Liddell defended his belt three times and in each instance, walked away with a TKO victory.
Liddell’s strength inside the octagons comes from his unorthodox striking and his strong wrestling back ground. Now Liddell didn’t use his wrestling like most would assume, he used his wrestling in reverse to stuff takedown attempts and keep things standing. That’s not to say he never went for the takedown because like any good fighter the key is to keep your opponent off balance and to keep them guessing about what is coming next.
Let’s get it on!
Both fighters come out and touch gloves and being to circle. Norris is utilizing a wide Karate stance making to easy for him to flick out kicks with either leg. Liddell continues to stay on the outside looking for his range.
Norris is the first to bring the fight, opening up with a front kick and following it up with a one-two combination. Liddell is unfazed and connects with a stiff left hook but misses with the big over-hand right.
Noticeably shaken up by Liddell’s power, Norris begins to backpedal trying to keep out of the Iceman’s punching range. Liddell takes his time and stalks his prey waiting for the right moment to unleash his fury.
With a couple we placed kicks; Norris is beginning to build his confidence. Norris closes the distance to use his hands and combinations but Liddell is ready. Once inside his range, Liddell fires a powerful overhand right that send Norris crashing to the canvas.
Liddell wastes no time and goes in for the kill, delivering the finishing touches before Big John steps in to call the action.
2006 Chuck Liddell is victorious via first round TKO.
For those who believe that Chuck Norris would be victorious please view the piece by James Ryan.