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Bluecifer
07-09-2003, 07:13 PM
Interview w/ Chuck ďThe IcemanĒ Liddell (part 1)
Reported By: Chris Colderley - 07.09.2003 10:08 AM

Part I Ė An ice breaker with ďthe Iceman,Ē Chuck Liddell

By Chris Colderley ©

Boxing Insider talks with Chuck Liddell

*************.com: First, Chuck let me start with the Pride Grand Prix. You have entered the tournament and will fight in round one in August. How is the training and preparation?

Chuck Liddell: Itís going well: so far, so good. I am healthy, and I am working [hard].

*************.com: Good! What are you working on specifically to make a successful transition from the UFC to Pride Fighting Championships?

Chuck Liddell: Well thereís not a whole lot of difference between the two. In Pride, the only difference is that there are no elbows and you can kick to the head on the ground or knee to the head on the ground, which I like.



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*************.com: Do you think you will be able to take advantage of that rule, where you havenít been able to in the UFC?

Chuck Liddell: Definitely! I think it helps the striker, when you sprawl, if you knee to the head. If you can get a good sprawl and get someoneís head down, you can start kneeing.

*************.com: Dana White, the President of the UFC, has stated on several occasions that he wanted you to fight Vanderlei Silva, and heís put up $200,000 if you defeat Silva. How important is it to have the support of the UFC?

Chuck Liddell: Well itís great to have their support and have that confidence behind me. I have always thought that I could beat Vanderlei, and I think it would be a fun fight to watch. But, I think I am going to put him down, if we ever get out there [together].

*************.com: ďPut him downĒ as in take him down or as in knock him out?

Chuck Liddell: Knock him out!

*************.com: How much added pressure does the bet and the fact that you are carrying the UFCís torch put on you?

Chuck Liddell: I would say itís a little bit of pressure, but I am used to that Ė having pressure on me from all angles. I just have to go out, fight my fight, and win. I want to win no matter what. Whether thereís no pressure or a lot of pressure, I want to win. I am going to go out there and give it my best shot.

*************.com: Pride has been accused, at times, of stacking the odds in favor of their fighters, and making some very questionable calls in matches. I can think of Royce Gracieís last match, for example. Do you have any concerns about fighting with the organization as an outsider?

Chuck Liddell: We will see. I am hoping they are going to treat me fairly, but I am planning on trying to end every one of my fights so they donít get a chance to do that to me. I figure itís one of those things I have to look at: I really have to dominate the fight. If itís a close fight, I donít think I am going to win . . . I want to put the guy away one way or another: submit him or knock him out. If I canít [finish], I have to, at the least, make it very dominant so they will look bad if they score the decision the other way. I canít give them a reason to award the decision the other way.

*************.com: Are you going to be more aggressive than you usually are for that reason?

Chuck Liddell: I am definitely going to have to be, yeah!

*************.com: Which fighter do you think is going to make it to the final, besides yourself?

Chuck Liddell: It could go anyway. It all depends on the matches. Styles make fights and it depends on who is facing who? Until they get the bracket out, itís a little hard to pick favorites.

*************.com: Arethey planning to have a public drawing of the bracket?

Chuck Liddell: I think so. I wouldnít be surprised if they just did the first round, and then they decided how the second round was going to be Ė the second and third rounds in November.

I am not sure. I think they are going to do a public drawing for the bracket. Thatís the way I understood it, but whatever they want to do, I donít care. I wouldnít mind fighting anybody in there. I would like to fight all of the guys in there. There are a lot of tough guys in the tournament. Thatís what makes it exciting for me.

*************.com: Yesterday, the UFC announced the title bout between Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz. How did you feel when you first heard the news?

Chuck Liddell: Someone told me about it the other day. I assume thatís what they [Titoís camp] were looking for anyway. I assumed that [fight] was going to happen. If I lost, I assumed Tito would come out and fight Randy.

I always thought Tito would fight as soon as I was out. He would fight for the same amount of money as he was getting before. He always said it was money, but as soon as I lost . . . The only thing that bums me out is that I let him off the hook by losing.

*************.com: You still have something to prove to Tito. Will he ever give you a fight?

Chuck Liddell: You know, I donít think so. But from what I understand about the stuff he was saying, I donít think heís going to have a choice if I pull off this Grand Prix . . . Especially with the comments heís made since the Couture fight, I donít know how he would back out of it.

*************.com: Letís be confident! When you WIN the Grand Prix, Tito will have to fight you!

Chuck Liddell: Oh Yeah, I am planning on it donít worry.

If I pull off the Grand Prix, I donít think he has a choice. Heís been saying he would have beaten me worse than Randy did!

*************.com: Exactly. Did you hear the press conference yesterday?

Chuck Liddell: I donít pay much attention to that stuff. I have heard some comments from a few people, but I really donít care. I expected Tito to talk crap. I said before the fight that he was preparing to talk crap. He said, when I lost, that he was prepared to fight me, when had never come close to saying he would fight me. And, I lost. I had a bad day, and now, heís talking his crap. Thatís what heís going to do. Thatís how he is.

Part two of the Chuck Liddell interview will run later this week.

Chris Colderley is a freelance writer and a *************.com contributor.

Bluecifer
07-09-2003, 07:26 PM
God I hate Tito. I honestly think the sport would be better off without him.

The Ensanity
07-09-2003, 07:48 PM
I really didnt want to think Tito was ducking him...but damn...



I hope Liddel the best in the GP...I think he can go to the finals...

Rampage Liddel

Silva Liddel

would be AWESOME

Whoremaster B
07-10-2003, 12:16 PM
I hate Tito!
they're should be no choice of who you fight when defending a title.
Those who earn the right, get the fight.

Tanner Rhoden
07-10-2003, 12:47 PM
Originally posted by Whoremaster B
they're should be no choice of who you fight when defending a title.
Those who earn the right, get the fight.


Agreed

That's what being a champion is all about.

GeNeRaL
07-10-2003, 12:56 PM
im sorry, i like the guy and all but after seeing him fight randy, he hasn't got a prayer of beating wanderlei or rampage, IMO.

The Ensanity
07-10-2003, 01:03 PM
Originally posted by GeNeRaL
im sorry, i like the guy and all but after seeing him fight randy, he hasn't got a prayer of beating wanderlei or rampage, IMO. You really can judge that fight...He really expected Randy to go for takedowns like crazy and he didnt...Randy **** UP his game plan...He shocked the **** out of Liddel...Randy=Top Striker destroyer

Mr. Beelzebub
07-10-2003, 01:14 PM
He is in a hell of trouble against Alistair. Doesn't look too good for him.
Alistair by TKO

Piedra
07-10-2003, 02:11 PM
Instead of watching an ass kicking for the third time to sakuraba. I would like to see quinton or chuck vs. wanderlei but it is obvious they dse is protecting yoshida and wanderlei if quinton doesnt ko quickly arona is going to be a long long fight.

Bluecifer
07-10-2003, 03:05 PM
Originally posted by The Ensanity
You really can judge that fight...He really expected Randy to go for takedowns like crazy and he didnt...Randy **** UP his game plan...He shocked the **** out of Liddel...Randy=Top Striker destroyer

Ensanity=100% correct!

The Ensanity
07-10-2003, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by Piedra
Instead of watching an ass kicking for the third time to sakuraba. I would like to see quinton or chuck vs. wanderlei but it is obvious they dse is protecting yoshida and wanderlei if quinton doesnt ko quickly arona is going to be a long long fight. I heard that Saku39 BEGGED for Silva...he is hell bent on avenging his loses...that what I heard

Tanner Rhoden
07-10-2003, 03:24 PM
Originally posted by The Ensanity
I heard that Saku39 BEGGED for Silva...he is hell bent on avenging his loses...that what I heard

You are correct

mmafanman
07-10-2003, 04:18 PM
All I know is that I would love to see Chuck and Rampage throw down. Either of those guys will beat Silva, IMO. That would be an epic final.

Bluecifer
07-10-2003, 04:20 PM
Originally posted by mmafanman
All I know is that I would love to see Chuck and Rampage throw down. Either of those guys will beat Silva, IMO. That would be an epic final.

I agree with you. Silva gets stunned frequently, even by non-strikers, and would get KTFO by either of these guys.

Bluecifer
07-11-2003, 04:56 PM
Interview w/ Chuck "the Iceman" Liddell (part 2)
Reported By: Chris Colderley - 07.11.2003 02:21 AM

Part II Ė An ice breaker with ďthe Iceman,Ē Chuck Liddell
By Chris Colderley ©

Boxing Insider talks with Chuck Liddell

*************.com: You have trained with both Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture, who has the better chance to win that fight?

Chuck Liddell: It just depends, I donít know. Couture, I think I rolled with him for five minutes Ė one five minute go. Thatís about it, other than fighting him. And, Tito, I havenít trained with him in two years. I donít know it could go either way.

*************.com: It just depends on the night?

Chuck Liddell: Yeah, it depends on the night and who is on.

*************.com: You have taken on everybody the UFC has put in front of you. You fought Sorbal Ė you stepped aside from a title shot and fought Sorbal. And, you also fought Randy Couture. Why are you so driven to stay busy and take such risks with your career?

Chuck Liddell: I actually enjoy fighting. I enjoy the competition and I also think it keeps me sharper if I am busier. I donít like having six months between fights. When I fought Randy that was six months between fights, and I donít like having that much time. Itís just too much time in between for me. I like to fight every three or four months, at the least. If I am healthy, I would like to fight every two months.



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*************.com: That would take its toll!

Chuck Liddell: Yeah, I need some time off here and there, but every three months is perfect for me as long as I donít have any major injuries. I get a month off, two months training . . . I train during that time off, but itís not like training for a fight.

*************.com: You have said in the past that training for the sake of training doesnít work for you. You need a fight?

Chuck Liddell: I need a goal. I need something. Training for the sake of training? I like to do it, but itís just not the same. Itís more difficult for me to push myself as hard. I like going in [the gym], working out, sparring, and rolling around. I like lifting weights, but doing high intensity stuff is whatís hard when you donít have a fight coming up.

*************.com: Let me ask you about the fight with Couture? Almost everyone picked you to win, why was Couture so successful?

Chuck Liddell: He had a game plan and he stuck to it. I came out there, and I donít think I had a very good night. I looked at the fight afterwards, and I just didnít feel like it was me out there. For one reason or another, whether it was the way he fought me or him or the combination of me fighting badly and him or it was him making me fight badly maybe, it just really wasnít [me]. I had a bad night I think.

*************.com: Some people have speculated that you focused too much on wrestling and went away from your striking. Do you think that played a part?

Chuck Liddell: I could have, but I try to stay balanced with my training all the time. Honestly, itís hard for me to pick just one thing. I pick out quite a few things, when I win a fight that I thought I did badly. Not to mention when I lose a fight there is any number of things I thought I could have done better Ė I should have done.

*************.com: You know that every single fighter in the Pride Grand Prix has watched Ė or will watch Ė the Couture fight, what are you going to do to avoid those loopholes in your fight game?

Chuck Liddell: Hopefully, I will fight like I normally do, and they wonít be there. I will never fight the same way again! I prove that every time I fight, and I think I come back better after losing. I am better after each time I win, I think, but I will come back better this time. I wonít make the same mistakes. I will be ready, if they want to come at me with the same game plan!

*************.com: I spoke to Matt Lindland. We were talking about the match with Couture and his training sessions with you. He said, to paraphrase, people underestimate Chuck; heís one of the first guys that is really a complete martial artist. He wrestled in college, and he developed his striking. Everybody views him as a striker, but Chuck is also a really good wrestler. How did you manage to integrate your cross training? How did that combination [of wrestling and striking] come about?

Chuck Liddell: I had done martial arts since I was a kid and I had done striking Ė it always interested me. I wrestled in high school and then college, and I got away from it [martial arts training] a little bit. I was still training in the martial arts, sparring with whatever groups were sparring. When I was done with college, I wanted to keep competing, but I wanted to get into something different. I ran into a guy that did kickboxing in John Hackleman, and we started training together. I did a couple of boxing matches and about twenty-two kickboxing matches, and then went to the UFC.

*************.com: How important has John Hackleman been to your development?

Chuck Liddell: He transformed me from a karate guy to more of a kickboxing style. Heís very important. I have been training with him for about eleven years now . . . I think heís a great trainer. He and I are really close.

*************.com: What are your future plans? I know you have the Pride Grand Prix coming up, but where do you expect to be in two years?

Chuck Liddell: In two years, I still expect to be fighting. I would like to have won the Grand Prix, and have the UFC title. Get either a rematch with Randy [Couture] or a fight with Tito [Ortiz] depending on who wins. Then, after that, Iíd like to get a fight with the other one.

Then? I donít know. Iíd just keep fighting whoever was up-and-coming at the time until I felt like I couldnít compete anymore.

*************.com: I donít know if it has been discussed, but what happens if you win the Pride Grand Prix? What is your status with the UFC and what will be your status with Pride?

Chuck Liddell: I am still contracted out as a UFC fighter. I am pretty sure thatís how it worked out. I am going over there as the UFC [representative] invading Pride. What the deal is I think: I am going over there and fighting a couple of times and they are going to send a couple of guys over to the UFC. Thatís what they are trying to work out.

*************.com: You will be like Mark Coleman was with Pride. He went in and fought in the Grand Prix and then if he wanted another contract, they would sit down and negotiate.

Chuck Liddell: Right.

*************.com: Where do you think mixed martial arts will be in the next five years? Where would you like to see it?

Chuck Liddell: I would like to see it keep growing in popularity. The biggest thing I would like to see is more mainstream media coverage. That would be nice. We are starting to get more and more, but it would be nice to get, at least our really big fights, mentioned on Sports Center or something [like that] on TV. Or, actually, just have a show Ė somewhere people could watch it Ė on free TV in the next year or so. I think thatís what we need for the sport to grow and get a bigger base of fans is people being able to see and not have to pay for it before they have ever watched it. A lot of people have a hard time buying something they have never seen before. Once people see it, they will be hooked.

*************.com: Leading up to the last few shows, when you couldnít get a shot at the light heavyweight title, were you happy with the job of marketing that you did and the UFC did to promote you?

Chuck Liddell: I canít complain about it. I mean, I am not a marquee guy, but I do my best to promote. I am sure they do what is right also.

*************.com: Ironically, after the Couture fight you still might be the most popular fighter in the UFC, at least among the mixed martial arts community.

Chuck Liddell: I donít know about that. I am still just a fighter.

*************.com: Before you go is there anything you would like to add Ė upcoming training, news about your gym, or how to contact you?

Chuck Liddell: They can check out my websites: www.iceman.tv or www.chuckliddell.com, and they can e-mail me for training and other stuff. I try to keep it updated on what I am doing.

*************.com: Chuck, best of luck with your training and preparation. I hope that all goes well. I am looking forward to seeing you go over to Japan and dominate.

Chuck Liddell: I am planning on it.

*************.com: Take care.

Chuck Liddell: Thank you.

For the latest news on Chuck Liddell and ďIcemanĒ merchandise, visit:

http://www.chuckliddell.com
http://www.iceman.tv

Chris Colderley is a freelance writer and a *************.com contributor.

The Ensanity
07-11-2003, 05:09 PM
Thanks!!!

Zen
07-11-2003, 05:12 PM
Gotta love this guy. I wouldn't mind one bit if the won the GP.

Bluecifer
07-11-2003, 05:29 PM
I would love it it he or Sak won! However I'll be happy if either of them makes it past the first round!