UFC 97: Chuck Liddell out of the UFC; White disappointed by A. Silva’s performance.

Chuck Liddell’s career ending knockdown.

Mauricio Shogun Rua Knocks Down & Finishes Chuck Liddell UFC 97

This is the knockdown that ended Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell’s MMA Career. It was in 4:28 of the first round that The Iceman got knocked out by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Rua’s record improved to W:18-L:3, while Liddell’s fell to W:21-L:7. Prior to this fight, he lost to Rashad Evans at UFC 88 via KO(Punches).

After the fight, UFC President Dana White, also Chuck’s friend and promoter, announced that this fight was The Iceman’s last and that he is retired from fighting.

Liddell has been fighting in the UFC since 1998. He was known as “The Iceman”, considered one of the greatest mma fighters. He was one of the most popular fighters during his prime. He was even feature as a coach in one of the Ultimate Fighter shows. He is turning 40 this year.

A member of the mma team “The Pit, “Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell was a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was also a Division 1 Wrestler during his college days. He also has a Kenpo and  Koei-kan Karate, and Kickboxing in his martial arts arsenal. He fights out of San Luis Obispo, California.

He was actually one of the first MMA fighters that I knew when I first watched the UFC.  He was one of the reasons why I got hooked into MMA. He was one of the most exciting fighters to watch. But as he lost 4 out of 5 of his last fights, I started to get the impression that his career is slowly fading.

Anderson Silva’s “unimpressive” performance in the main event

Anderson “Spider” Silva won the main event match of the UFC 97 over Thales Leites via Unanimous Decision saturday night, retaining his Middleweight title. Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole tagged it as a mystifying and dreadful performance and even UFC President Dana White got angry and embarrassed.

And in Mr. White words he said, “I can honestly tell you that I’ve never put on an event that I was embarrassed to be at until tonight. I want to publicly apologize to all the fans.”

It was so bad that Silva’s being a number one pound for pound mma fighter along side Fedor Emelianko was questioned. Silva has won 9 of his last 9 fights in the UFC. But this was the only fight where he won via Unanimous Decision.

Known for his skills in Muay Thai, Silva is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under  Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera of Team Minotauro. He also is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Judo.

I guess, as a fan, I can’t be in the position to judge Anderson Silva as a fighter based on his performance during the match. But as he is tagged as the number one pound for pound mma fighter, the pressure is very much on him. I just hope he does better during his next match. I’m an Anderson Silva fan and I definitely do not want to see him fighting this way again.

Just my two cents here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s