Former UFC light heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell has generally been outspoken about wanting more action in the octagon. Liddell, who only went to a decision eight times in his 29-fight career, recently answered some questions for ESPN's SportsNation and had something to say about how some UFC champions are "playing it safe". He concentrated his statements on welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who meets Johny Hendricks in the main event of UFC 167 (transcription via MMA Fighting):
"I think some people make complaints about some of the champions playing it safe. I understand it, but I don't want to watch it. I think St. Pierre is a great fighter. He's awesome, I just don't like watching him play it safe. And he fights safe. I mean against Diaz, he spiral rode him for half the fight. I don't like watching that.
Now, for him to able to do that to guys that are at that level, it's impressive. But it's not exciting to me. And the way they chose the fight. I mean 'I've been beating this guy up for four rounds, I'm still just gonna win the last round. I'm not gonna try to finish him. I'm not gonna go after him. I'm not gonna take any risks.'Now, from a coaching standpoint and a manager's standpoint, I understand it makes sense. It's big money now. But from a fan's standpoint, I don't want to watch it. I still think he's a great guy. Unless I think he's fighting someone that can make him fight.
I actually think this next fight coming up, I'm excited, he's fighting Johny Hendricks and I think Hendricks is going to make him fight."
Do you agree with Chuck's assessment of GSP?