Chuck Liddell: 'Go knock him out, finish the fight'

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He might be a UFC executive now, but Chuck Liddell still has an opinion. And he believes that some fighters are more worried about wins than finishing, which isn't as exciting.

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell wasn't exactly the type of fighter to sit back and take a decision victory in his career. The current Executive Vice President of Business Development for the UFC doesn't see some of the current guys having the same killer instinct that he had though. The former UFC light heavyeight champion finished 14 of his 21 victories (13 by knockout), and in an interview with U-T San Diego, Liddell speculated as to why fighters aren't really going in for the kill as much as they used to:

"I'd really have to talk to the guys to see if that's really what they're doing. I see it like guys are trying a lot more to just get their win so they can get their next fight. When we were doing it, it was a lot more about just going out and fighting. I hate hearing in a UFC corner ‘you won the first four rounds, just stay away from him this round.' The guy doesn't have a knockout punch, hasn't taken you down the whole fight, why do you have to go be afraid of him? Go out and win! Make it exciting, go knock him out, finish the fight."

He does have a point. With so many fighters losing their jobs, it's tough not to want to play it safe. Coaches probably like it, but fans probably don't. It's a tough line to walk on for some fighters. He also said that if he could, he would still fight. But he knows that he can't anymore, and he's doing different things now:

"Would I still like to fight? Yeah, I want to fight" he says," but I accepted that that’s where I was at and Father Time caught up with me and that maybe it was better that I didn’t. I’ve got a family, and I get to enjoy my family and I get to do different things, trying the movie thing a little bit. I’ve been on a lot of shows that I like, doing guest appearances and little things. I’m just trying to have fun with being retired."

It's good that he has come to this realization, and I hope that he continues to enjoy retirement.

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