Chuck Liddell officially retired from the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday December 29.
He ended his UFC Hall of Fame career with a mixed martial arts record of 21-8. Of his 21 wins, 16 came with the UFC, a record number of wins for a fighter with the organization.
Liddell will stay with the UFC as an Executive Vice President.
Without further ado, Chuck Liddell's 10 best fights in order by date.
This might be seen as Chuck's coming out party. The fight took place at UFC 31 on May 4, 2001.
Early in the fight one of the commentators said that Chuck Liddell was a “total underdog” in this bout. As soon as the words left his mouth Liddell stunned Randleman with a left and then swarmed him with a quick flurry and the fight was stopped at the 1:18 mark of the first round.
This fight took place at UFC 40 on November 22, 2002.
Sobral opened up the fight with a leg kick and began pressing. Chuck then tagged Sobral with a few strikes and began backing Sobral up. Sobral is looked tentative after getting caught by a few strikes. Liddell then surprised Sobral with a left leg kick to the head and it’s was lights out for Sobral at the 2:55 mark of the first round.
The bout between up and coming star Alistair Overeem and the long established Liddell took place on August 10, 2003 at the PRIDE Total Elimination tournament.
To start the fight Alistair caught Liddell with some quick knees that hurt Liddell. Alistair then hit Liddell with another knee, but Liddell was able to take Overeem down. Chuck then delivered some knees of his own to the head of Overeem.
The fighters then regained their feet and Overeem delivered some good strong knees to the body. Chuck then rocked Overeem with some strong right hands as he forced him to the ropes. Overeem dropped to the canvas and Liddell earned the KO at 3:09 of the first round.
The first fight between these took place at UFC 47 on April 2, 2004.
If you listened to Tito, these two were good friends. If you listened to Chuck, they were mere acquaintances. When the fight started, the crowd was behind Tito, chanting his name. 1:30 into the fight, Tito smiles at Liddell as they circle each other. Tito later moved in for a takedown and Chuck easily avoided it. Liddell tagged Ortiz at the end of the round and Ortiz lost his cool, pushing the referee and screaming something at Liddell.
Ortiz lands a nice kick to start the second round. When the round was close to 30 seconds in Liddell unleashed a torrent of strikes and Tito dropped to the ground. The fight ended via KO 38 seconds into the round.
This fight took place at UFC 49 on August 21, 2004.
This fight featured two strikers that clearly did not like each other when they entered the Octagon. Ten seconds into the fight and both fighters were swinging for the knockout. The fight briefly went to the ground, but Liddell stood up and waved White to his feet. 1:15 in Liddell put White to the ground and moved in for the kill, but he could not put White out.
White recovered and got back to his feet, but not for long as Liddell put him back down. Again White regained his feet and looked like he had recovered. 3:00 in and White was once again down, but he was defending himself fairly well and regained his feet once again.
White briefly rocked Liddell with a left and Liddell looked to his corner for advice. Seconds after looking to his corner, Liddell ended the fight with a straight right that put White out at the 4:05 mark of the fight.
This fight took place at UFC 52 on April 16, 2005.
Chuck starts the fight as usual, backing up and waiting for Couture to press. Couture had good head movement, but Liddell looked comfortable as well. Couture briefly got the best of Liddell against the cage before they broke when Couture caught a thumb in the eye.
When the fight resumed Liddell hurt Couture with a left hook, but he recovered enough to back Liddell up, but not for long. Liddell found an opening and knocked Couture out cold at the 2:06 mark of the first round to capture the UFC light heavyweight title.
This fight took place at UFC 57 on February 4, 2006.
The crowd was clearly behind Couture, chanting “Randy” before the first minute had ticked off the clock. Liddell fought in his normal style, laying back and waiting for his opponent to make a mistake. For his part, Couture showed patience, stalking Liddell around the Octagon. With 1:10 left in the round, the fighters exchanged strikes followed by a Couture takedown. Liddell quickly regained his feet, but looked flustered when he could not escape Couture’s hold. When the round ended Couture was bleeding fairly badly from above his left eye.
The second round started much like the first with both fighters circling and looking for an opening. 1:20 into the round, Couture slipped while delivering a punch, putting himself off balance. Liddell then delivered a heavy right hand counterpunch that dropped Couture to the ground. Liddell then proceeded to open up and dropped heavy strikes on Couture. Couture was unable to defend himself and the fight is stopped was stopped at the 1:28 mark of the second round.
This fight took place at UFC 62 on August 26, 2006.
Sobral looked focused and angry before the bell rang to start the fight, while Liddell looked relaxed and at ease. Sobral came out and tried a straight kick right away. The two then settled in and did some feeling out. One minute in, Sobral moved in and threw some wild punches that had Liddell backing up. The punches weren’t crisp and Liddell was not backing up from the impact of the strikes, but rather to find an opening in the wide, looping punches. It didn’t take long for him to find that opening. Liddell delivered an uppercut that hurt Sobral and Liddell moved in for the kill. Referee John McCarthy saw enough and stopped it at the 1:55 mark.
Sobral is so out of sorts after the stoppage that he tries to fight McCarthy.
This fight took place at UFC 66 on December 30, 2006.
The fighters touched gloves to start the fight and then did some feeling out for the first 45 seconds. Tito then shot for a single leg takedown, but missed. Two minutes in, Tito caught Chuck with a right that had no effect to the iron jaw of Liddell. 2:50 in Liddell had Ortiz bleeding from a right hand and then looked to move in for the knockout, pressing the action. At 3:50 of the first round Liddell put Tito to the ground and opened up landing some heavy strikes as Ortiz attempted to defend himself. Ortiz showed a lot of heart by surviving the round, but he was a bloody mess as the horn sounded.
Chuck pushed the action in the second, backing Ortiz up. Not a lot happened for the majority of this round as Ortiz seemed cautious after getting hurt in the first round. Ortiz took Liddell down inside the last minute, but Liddell easily got to his feet.
Tito took a double leg shot 30 seconds into the third round but Liddell sprawled out of the attempt. Tito looked like he got his confidence back and he started to push the action. Liddell delivered two body shots and then a head shot. With 1:30 left in the round Liddell opens up and puts Tito down and lands numerous strikes, the ref sees enough at 3:57 of the round and stops it. TKO and Liddell retains his title.
This battle of all-time MMA legends took place at UFC 79 on December 29,2007.
Two legends faced off inside the Octagon in this fight. As the fight started you could see the mutual respect. Neither fighter seemed too eager to engage at the start of the fight. The laid back style lasted less than two minutes before the two exchanged some strikes. The first round was slow, but you could feel the tension building.
Silva opened round two by coming out swinging. Silva was pushing the action in this round. Chuck hit the ground on a slip halfway through the round, but jumped right back to his feet. With 1:15 left in the round, Chuck cut Silva, but the blood did not slow the “Axe Murderer” at all and he bloodied Liddell. As the round ticked down Liddell hurt Silva and took him to the ground before the horn sounded.
Chuck right in for a takedown to start round three, but Silva regains his feet. Chuck then stunned Silva with a spinning back fist and Silva was hurt by the strike. Liddell had Silva against the cage for a few seconds, but Silva moved off the cage. As the clock ticks down Silva starts to press, but Chuck takes Silva down with only 15 seconds left and the horn sounds with Silva on the ground.
During rounds two and three these two fighters threw some unbelievably heavy hands that had the crowd on their feet.
The fight won "Fight of the Night" as well as "Fight of the Year."
This was Liddell’s last win and his last great fight.