Chuck’s Retirement

   January 5th, 2011

Chuck Liddell

First of all, congratulations Chuck Liddell on your career and also on your new position as the UFC’s Executive Vice President of Business Development.

If any of you guys have never seen this, well here’s a great interview of Chuck and is probably what prompted the UFC to promote Chuck to his current role:

Chuck and his brother Dan have always teased me about being in Flaunt magazine years ago and they were also trying to say that I was part of Brokeback Mountain. So nobody should say anything about me taking a couple of shots at Chuck all in good fun.

Well, I haven’t talked to you guys since the GSP fight so I’m going to say this, even though I’m going to piss a bunch of people off. To me the GSP fight was boring and I’m even going to tell you why I think it was boring: because I believe GSP is on defense. Number one, he doesn’t want to lose the belt and, number two, I think the UFC is paying him too much money and he doesn’t want to lose that either. I don’t know what’s going on in his mind; but he just doesn’t seem like he wants to finish anybody.

I did not watch the Edgar/Maynard fight, but I did hear that it was pretty interesting. For a 5-round fight to end up as a draw is pretty unusual by itself, so I will be looking forward to the rematch.

I hope eveyrbody had a great holiday season, I know I did. I was even able to keep my wife out on New Years until about 2:30 AM.

Tater (Katelyn) turned one-year old on January 2nd, so here is a recent picture of the birthday girl:


And here is the Bible verse for this week:

May all that search for You be filled with joy and gladness in You. May those who love Your salvation repeatedly shout, “The LORD is great!” (Psalm 40:16)


31 Responses to “Chuck’s Retirement”

Abel Says:

I agree with you 100% on the gsp fight. He seems very scared to take a risk, which is not how a true champion should be like. Hope you had a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year and I’ll see you at your next fight whereever it is =)

Nick Says:

I am not impressed with the performance of this blog!!!!!! (spoke with GSP accent) No just joking I really look forward to your blogs. Happy new year!!!!!!

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Ty Says:

Congratulations on an AWESOME career, Chuck!!! Congratulations on your new position as well! And “Happy New Year!” to you and all yours, Matt! “Happy New Year!” everyone!

God’s Blessings!!!

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Stormhammer Says:

lol Poor Chuck.

Megan Says:

matt your are correct about the gsp fight. we all know when he wants to he can finish a fighter like josh anyday. in everyone of his interviews he always says he’s going to end the fight quickly, well come on and lets see it. if it was up to all your fans matt the ufc should give you the title shot because you’ve done so much for the sport, and to show people once again what a real champion is.

Trolloc Says:

GSP will go down in history as one of the best fighters because he fights smart. My father hates MMA because he feels its too violent, but, loves GSP because he see’s the intelligence in the way he fights. IMO your fight with BJ was boring and an under 30 second knockout is not what I want to see (some do). I enjoy fights that are battles of minds as much as it is physical. Fighters out thinking the others and forcing the other to counter. In terms of Kosh and GSP, Kosh has great knockout power. It be silly for GSP to risk getting knocked out when there is no need too. I think the Shields fight will show if he is scared to finish (which I don’t think he is). Shields has no knockout power, if the fight stays standing we’ll see if GSP wants to finish or not.

Brent Says:

I enjoy your sense of humor….this blog had me laughing pretty hard. Glad the holidays were good for you. What a beautiful little girl you have. Let us know if you do any good deer hunting this yr.

LTrain Says:

Totally agree on the GSP fight-terribly boring-he’s turning into a whelter weight Anderson Silva-speaking of which: if those two ever fight it will be the dullest fight ever. The only entertainment that they’ll provide is dancing around trying not to kiss each other!

dustin dwyer Says:

Agreed matt, that fight was realy boring.
He could have finished that fight easily.
What was wrong with chuck in the interview? drunk or somthing? haha

J.C. Says:

No disrespect, but Georges is awesome. He’s a champion who carries himself with dignity as you did. Maybe he has become risk adverse, but he finished you twice in the past and it comes across as sour grapes when you call him out. That being said, if anyone should be allowed to call him out I guess it would be you.

Ben Says:

Very encouraging seeing the Bible verse every week. Thanks Matt!

John King Says:

Matt, I agree as well with the fight even though any time you give your opinion all hell breaks lose. GSP could have finished him and should have. I give him respect as champion because other than you he is impressive with title defenses but like you said if you are paid the biggest bucks then you need to live up to it. Chuck will be missed by us old fans, just wish he would have done better in his last few fights. Thanks for your opinions. God Bless

NateR Says:

GSP had 4 rounds to finish a one-eyed opponent and he couldn’t do it. So that means that he either tried to finish the fight and was unable to, implying that he didn’t have the skills necessary, or he simply didn’t try to finish the fight, which is exactly Matt’s point.

Some people are bringing up the fact that GSP finished Matt twice (while also ignoring the fact that Matt finished GSP once, as well), but I don’t believe that’s the point being made here. If the GSP who defeated Matt would have showed up to fight Koscheck on December 11th, then I think Matt would have been more than happy to watch that fight and give GSP the respect he deserved. However, that GSP has been missing for the last 2 years. So I think Matt’s words are more out of frustration than anything else, because he knows that GSP is capable of doing better, but he is simply not living up to that potential.

howie_feltersnatch Says:

man i really enjoyed reading this until you took a jab at GSP. His favorite thing to do is beat up you and bj penn. and yes he could finish fights…he could finish them all. but he would rather beat you up for 5 rounds and show you how much better he is than you. BJ knocked you out in 30 seconds…is he a better fighter?? who knows..everyone get caught sometime or another…but if he beats your ass for 5 rounds..he is a better fighter.

J.C. Says:

Fair points NateR,

I never disregarded that GSP was finished by hughes though, but i don’t necessarily think that finishes are the only thing that make great fights either. Many people are already saying edgar vs maynard will go down as fight of the year even though there was no finish. GSP doesn’t take risks anymore, and while I’d love to see him completely dismantle an opponent again, I also enjoy watching him systematically disabling an opponent. One point I think is valid to make is that while everyone says Georges has gotten gun shy and not finished anyone since the first serra fight, one of his finishes against hughes was after the first serra fight, as were his finishes of BJ and matta serra. Also, he did plenty to finish fitch, that guy is just tough as nails. Maybe he didnt fight Hardy on the feet, but he did try for finishes. Against Kos though, I never really felt he truly went for the finish, but i really did enjoy watching him pick Koscheck apart.

RodP Says:

Matt I have been watching UFC since the beginning and as a result followed your career along with all the others that became popular through the years. I’m also a christian and have noticed on multiple accounts how you seem to take joy in tearing others down. Making fun of Liddell because of something he ribbed you about years ago seems pointless. Unless of course you don’t mind your jealousy being seen by countless others. What I took from this whole post is this. Congratulating Chuck then trying to embarrass him. Talking about GSP’s so called lackluster fight when in fact he is one of two men to finish you not once but twice in your decorated career. Then you post a picture of your daughter followed by a scripture. The bible says “to whom much is given, much is required”. It certainly appears you’ve been given much and I’m sure you’ve worked extremely hard for it. Just remember you affect many people by your words and deeds because of your platform. So if you are going to call yourself a christian you should be Christ-like to others. To sum it up, your actions here are the exact opposite of the example I would try to be as a christian.

Vincent Says:

Matt U are the man, I hope we havent seen the last of you in the ring..I think you still have some wins in you.
I hope to see u again… you are are an exciting fighter and the WW division just isnt the same without you.

Vincent Says:

And, another thing, you did more for the WW division then GSP has ever done…you fought to destroy opponents and to prove you are the man..not just to retain the belt…those were the days…
GSP, Edgar, Rashad fight with a very strange style, just to win the match and not take any risks…I guess all for the sake of just keeping a belt or just winning it really sucks. Personally I think the golden age of the UFC is gone and its really changing into a boring sport. Your a wrestler like these other guys but you always try to crush your opponents and not just win, thats what makes the sport great.

NateR Says:

Matt and Chuck Liddell have been close friends for many years; so the friendly ribbing that you read in this blog should be taken as nothing more than that. Jealousy doesn’t even enter into the picture.

It’s a very difficult thing to be a Christian in the world’s spotlight, but one of the worst parts about it is having to put up with self-righteous, judgmental Christians who have no problem publicly criticizing a fellow believer just because they don’t personally approve of their actions.

David Says:

You are 100% right Matt, Rampage knows its true too. GSP probably even greases too, I mean how can you put it past a guy who is that scared and will do anything to keep his belt? I mean he’s scared even when he’s the one who has mount. His fall is coming, no one can keep that BS up forever and it’s just going to be that much more humiliating that he has millions of fans who are just too blind to see the truth.

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RodP Says:

I responded publicly because this is a public forum. That is where Matt chooses to post his blog. And since you don’t know me personally, I take no offense to your comment of self righteousness and being judgmental. I do in fact know those types of christians and choose to distance myself from them. Obviously I don’t agree with this particular blog and thats why I posted my feelings. And I can’t imagine “publicly” embarrassing a “close” friend of mine in this manner.

Rob D Says:

Matt it seems like some of these people don’t know you too well. Even questioning your actions as a Christian. Anyone who has watched you or read your book know your sense of humor and the jab at Chuck is in pure fun, and Chuck knows it. You’re a good American buddy, you represent the work ethic and values many of us in this country do, you do great work for charity and have always supported the troops and our basic rights to own guns. Your assesment of GSP may not be for everyone, there are a lot of people who like his style and that’s fine but to not agree that he doesn’t go for the kill is way off target. Listen, to me you are the greatest UFC Champ ever, your fights were exciting, on the other side GSP is a tremendous athlete and does carry himself well, and honetly I don’t know if anyone could beat him at 170, but he should be criticized for his style, it totally warrants it, if you’re that good then finish these guys, and challenge yourself and move up to 185, with that wrestling he should be able to beat most guys in that class. GSP needs to bring it up a notch and not just play it safe. Matt you are dead on with this blog. Happy new year and God Bless you and your family. Hope to see you in the Octagon soon, enjoy some hunting man.

Aaron Says:

I may not agree with what you are saying about GSP, but you have been in the spotlight, and an amazing world champ, you would have more insight than anyone else here regarding fighting and finishing fights…1 of my top 5 fav fights of all time is Hughes vs Trigg 2

Quell Says:

lol that’s a good picture of Katelyn. Happy belated Birthday to her and Happy New Year Matt. Hope you have a good one.

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matt o Says:

Love the inspirational Bible Verses Matt. I look forward to seeing you back in the ring. BJ caught you with a good shot, that is all it was…a good shot. You know that if that shot had been avoided ground and pound would have been in store for BJ who can barely make it out of the second round without sucking wind. God Bless!

bob Says:

matt why don’t you come out and show us all how to finish fights. I believe koscheck and fitch have both called you out in the past and you declined both fights. Come on show GSP how to finish these 2 men.

NateR Says:

Matt has never declined a fight with Fitch or Koscheck (or even Mike Swick). The UFC never even offered those fights to Matt; so that rumor is completely false. However, Fitch was offered a chance to fight Matt, when Matt Serra dropped out of his first fight with Matt in late 2007, but Fitch turned it down.

I know that Jon Fitch has claimed that Matt was offered a chance to fight him, but turned it down because he only wanted “big fights” but that is simply not true. Matt never once received a call offering him a chance to fight Fitch, Koscheck or Swick. So, Fitch has either been misinformed or he is lying through his teeth.

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