Yesterday, GoldenBoy promotions released some uninspiring training footage of Chuck Liddell (21-8) preparing for his trilogy fight against Tito Ortiz (19-12) which is taking place on 24th November.
The footage leaves a lot to be desired for Liddell fans as “The Iceman” is clearly showing his age. This is shown as his punches and kicks clearly lack the power he used to have which is understandable with Liddell being 48 years old and coming out of retirement after an eight-year lay off.
In May of this year, UFC president Dana White told the media that “I asked him to retire 10 years ago for a reason” after Liddell lost his last three fights by knockout. For once, it also seemed that many MMA fans were in agreement with Dana White in this statement.
However, it is clear to see that Liddell believes in himself to come back and win the trilogy fight as “The Iceman” has previously finished Ortiz twice by knockout. Ortiz is coming off a first-round submission of bitter rival Chael Sonnen and he believes that he can retire Liddell (again) for good.
Many of the top comments on social media were slating the video with comments such as “why is it in slow motion”, “Chuck KO round 1 by slow jab/front kick” and “he moves with the fluidity of a Sherman tank” all racking up likes. A lot of fans also feel that this fight is dangerous for Chuck Liddell’s health as not many 48-year-olds tend to take up a sport with as brutal consequences as MMA for a hobby. Many Twitter users simply believe that this fight is a recipe for disaster with both fighters way past their primes.
If you genuinely have an interest in watching these two old-timers battle it out in what promises to be an action-packed night of fighting then feel free to buy the PPV… it’s only $49.99.