Chuck Liddell Hangs 'Em Up: 10 Fighters Who Should Follow His Lead
Let me start by commenting that I have been an MMA fan since Royce Gracie began choking out karate masters, wrestlers, and even boxers who thought it to be an advantage to wear one glove into the cage.
I admire and respect the fighters I list here, but as Rocky's trainer Mick once said, "Hey kid, horses retire, generals retire, Man O'War retired...I think that's what you should do...retire!"
Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira
Minotauro is a warrior, but his armor is rusty and his submission skills have been matched and improved.
The heavyweight division finally has some solid talent and the tired PRIDE Champion needs to bow out.
Just close your eyes and picture how he absorbed that Fedor ground and pound years ago...ughhh.
Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva
The Axe Murderer is 2-5 in his last seven bouts and though he beat Michael Bisping by decision last February, he has clearly dropped off since that head kick he took from Mirko Cro Cop in Final Conflict.
His wild buzzsaw style propelled him to fan favorite, but he has won by KO just once since 2006...one of my favorite gladiators...curtain call.
Brandon "The Truth" Vera
The Truth is that he is just not that good. He sports an 11-6 record with three straight defeats and was handled by Thiago Silva last week.
Ask yourself...If Vera is on the next card, who would you match him up against and would anyone feel compelled to watch?
Surprised? Take a moment and really think.....Hats off to Mir for the amazing comeback following his accident but he takes way too much punishment.
The UFC heavyweight division is stacked and he would be a prohibitive underdog against Velazquez, Dos Santos, Carwin, and Lesnar.
Take a look at the other heavys out there as well and add Fedor, Overeem, Werdum, and Rogers. Granted he has a recent win over Cro Cop but take a look at my No. 5...I like Mir as a commentator....
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic
The 2006 PRIDE Open Weight Champ is .500 in the UFC.
Can you name any of the fighters he has beaten since then? Me neither...
Tito "Bad Boy" Ortiz
The Bad Boy is just plain shot! He has one draw and four losses in his last five fights, following two ridiculous wins over Ken Shamrock in 2006. No use for this guy...toss.
"The Dean Of Mean" Keith Jardine
The Dean is 16-9-1 and 1-5 since 2009.
He beat "The Iceman" Chuck Liddell in his best showing in September 2007 and then was KO'd against Wanderlei in his next bout, effectively erasing Mr. Mean from contention.
His recent decision win means nothing....Bon Voyage.
The African Assassin (10-8) has been active in 2010 but couldn’t sell out your local movie theater...
"The New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni
The NY Bad Ass (13-13) got his ass kicked on New Year’s Day and doesn’t have a win since 2008...No interest.
"Captain America" Randy Couture
The Captain is one of my favorite fighters of All Time and an inspiration to so many!! Tough to add this guy to this type of list as he is STILL in awesome shape and commands respect!
I have to remind the Captain though because he has obviously forgotten… Sir, you will be 48 this year... I'd love to see you go out on top....
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