Originally Posted by J.B.
He's been competing for a long time and he has had some brutal fights. I think at this point his threshold for absorbing the punishment has lowered and it's just something that comes with age. Chuck's gameplan was never a big secret, he was just doing it when he was in his prime.
I don't know if you saw it, JB, when Rich came in on TUF to replace Tito, but him and his team were trying to teach their fighter how to use his skills and energy more "efficiently". Chuck seems to use an awful lot of energy with that wide roundhouse punch he uses and it leaves him wide open to be knocked out. IMHO In Michelle's gif, you can see him coming in, both of them are really swinging, Chuck swings his right arm, it misses or Rich deflects it, but Chuck's momentum is carrying him right into Rich's swinging fist. Chuck has no way at that point to defend himself from that KO blow. To me it was almost a replay of what happened when he fought Rua. If I remember correctly, he just came right in and Rua said "nighty nighty".
Same thing when he fought Rashad Evans--big ol' hole. In that one, Rashad was more efficient with his strike and beat Chuck to the punch (literally).
Hopefully, Chuck will go on to do some good things whether it involves this sport or not. I wish him the best.