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Chuck Liddell got in Chael Sonnen’s face over all that smack talk

Things between the two fighters got heated, all with Chael Sonnen’s mother in the middle.

Chael Sonnen is no stranger to surprise altercations. Wanderlei Silva called him out for his borderline racist attacks on Brazil during a shuttle to a UFC event. Later on he’d try to sucker punch Chael on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Now the same sort of thing is happening again, but this time with another legendary light heavyweight fighter: Chuck Liddell.

Sonnen has been trash talking Liddell for the past several months since a fight between the two started to seem like a possibility in Bellator. One of his greatest hits over that time? That Liddell was broke and “snorted all his money away.”

“I come into the dressing room and there was Chuck, face to face, and it was awkward,” Sonnen told MMA Fighting during a media scrum. “And I was doing [The Rich Eisen Show] and Eisen told me, ‘You got a message for Chuck? He’ll be here tomorrow.’ So I gave him a message to Chuck, thinking he would be there tomorrow.”

”Turned out Chuck was in the back, watching it on a monitor, with my mother. So, my mom and uncle had to get involved and it was just a big, colossal mess. I had to go one way and Chuck had to go the other, and it was weird.”

The two ended up in a heated shouting match, but Sonnen doesn’t think it will escalate into a real fight … not one that the two will get paid for, anyway.

”I don’t think he’s going to fight again,” Sonnen said. “I didn’t ask him point-blank because we were too busy yelling at one another, but he looked good, I’ll give him that. I mean, it looked like he was in shape, but I don’t know. I don’t know what he’s going to do. I’m up for [the fight] right now. I’m ready to go. I was ready to fight him yesterday in the green room, would’ve reached right over my mother.”

Just one day before, Liddell had told MMA Fighting that Sonnen’s jabs weren’t getting to him.

“He takes a lot of liberty with facts,” Chuck said. “He doesn’t need his facts to be true — he just makes them up as he goes. It’s hard to get mad at someone who everything he’s saying is made up.”

“If it was something where he really pissed me off and I wanted to fight him, I’d show up to his house. We don’t need the money, I’ll show up to his house. We’ll find out real quick.”

I wonder if showing up at The Rich Eisen Show qualifies.

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Midnight Mania! Chuck Liddell on Jon Jones’ lie detector test: ‘Who paid for the polygraph?’

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Chuck Liddell was skeptical of Jon Jones’ recent polygraph test results, to say the least. I spoke to him today about a new YouTube Red show he was a part of, Ultimate Expedition. Halfway through the interview, I asked him if he had seen the news about Jon Jones taking a polygraph test to prove he didn’t take steroids intentionally.

Liddell: I didn’t see it, but … is a polygraph really gonna prove anything? Is this the “someone slipped something into my drink” defense? And who paid for the polygraph?

The test was conducted by PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was not requested by the UFC or USADA. Liddell further elaborated with a little speculation:

The “someone put it in my drink more than once”, defense? Like… first go round, its a little different.

What was the first one, tainted Cialis? Listen, how tainted was the Cialis, for that to register in a high enough amount that it would pop you on the test? I don’t know about tests. Maybe you just need a little bit to pop you, but to be at a level that would show up on the test, it seems like you would have to have taken a LOT of tainted Cialis. Or, just a little bit in the Cialis, if it wasn’t that, instead of Cialis, in whatever it was. I don’t know.

Jones has been very unapologetic about taking Cialis, which he described as “awesome”; however, his defense was that they were contaminated, resulting in his first drug test failure. Failing a second test, though, certainly has called his alibi into question. Some, including UFC executive Jeff Novitsky, seem to be convinced it was accidental; others, not so much.

Chuck also dished on seeing his friend Matt Hughes recover, the current state of the Light Heavyweight division, whether he still gets the urge to compete, advice to young fighters as a fan of the sport, and what it was like to come off the couch to climb a mountain for the first time where base camp was at 14,000 feet. He also explained why he shaved his face:


Insomnia

This is funny trolling, because the shoulder roll is Floyd’s move, but Mayweather-McGregor was so… 2017. Maybe if McGregor gets back into competition sooner than later, he will have something relevant to post about.

I call this move the shoulder roll.

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I am as excited about Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson as anyone; more than likely it will happen, but it’s not a completely done deal just yet.

Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou is this weekend and yes, we are all stoked.

I’ve been missing out on this quality content by not following Phil Baroni, apparently.

This is the reverse of “don’t try this at home”, because someone already did, so Raymond Daniels, the professional, does it right.

Maryna Moroz is (justifiably) proud of her abs.

Obligatory reminder that UFC fighters are not paid as well as other athletes. Just work on becoming a star, Belal Muhammad.

Valentina Shevchenko has a hidden talent, and it’s not shooting or traditional dance. (She can do those too) It’s painting.

Don’t be the human who sends Jessica-Rose Clark nasty messages concerning her fight with Paige VanZant.

This weekend’s fighting schedule:


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

A reminder that Rory Macdonald brings the violence (so does Douglas Lima) so this weekend has goodness on both Bellator and UFC cards.

This is the scariest choke/crank I’ve ever seen. It looks as though Saadulaez is about to snap his neck.

I’m not sure how this doesn’t get you signed to the UFC, but enjoy this guy while you can, LFA.

Always love a good submission

I love simple technical pointers like this:

Here are some fights you may have missed this weekend:


Podcasts and Video

UFC 220 Beer Pairing with Flyin Brian J! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

UFC 220 Embedded, Episode 2:

Stone Cold Stipe is fired up

The Co-Main Event podcast


Random Land

This will make your night better.

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Chael Sonnen Wanted to Face Chuck Liddell in Bellator

Like some sort of hyper-violent retirement community, Bellator has become the place where spent fighters squeeze the last bit of mojo out of their names for a paycheck. And that’s great, because how else are people like Chael Sonnen, Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir going to make their mortgage payments? But apparently there were whiffs […]

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Chael Sonnen fires back at Chuck Liddell following Bellator callout: ‘Say when’

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who also rests comfortably in the promotion’s hall of fame, is contemplating a return to mixed martial arts (MMA) under the Bellator banner on Spike TV.

Depending on this.

While Bellator boss Scott Coker is more interested in using the melting “Iceman” as a promotional tool, considering the former Dancing with the Stars contestant turns 48 in December, Liddell (21-8) has other plans.

Like snapping his three-fight losing streak.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t competed in over seven years, so he might need a tune-up fight before taking on anyone of merit. In Liddell’s mind, former UFC stablemate Chael Sonnen fits the bill.

See those comments here.

Sonnen (29-15-1) has already registered two fights for Bellator and sits at 1-1. After getting submitted by Tito Ortiz back in January, “The American Gangster” turned away Wanderlei Silva last June.

Anyone interested in seeing these two throw down?

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Midnight Mania! Chuck Liddell thinks Chael Sonnen is an easy match up – ‘He ain’t gonna take me down and lay on me’

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Chuck Liddell thinks Chael Sonnen is an easy match up. He was chased down by TMZ, who asked him what he thought of Sonnen hyping the potential matchup. Liddell said he hasn’t talked to anyone about the matchup, but he told Chael to keep doing what he is doing. Liddell said if he were to come out of retirement, the payday would have to be big. If the fight happened, it would be in Bellator, where Sonnen last competed against Wanderlei Silva, winning a decision against him in NYC. Liddell agreed with the fans on Chael’s fighting style, calling it boring. He also called Chael an easy matchup When asked how quick he thought the fight would be, Liddell simply responded,

“He ain’t gonna take me down and lay on me, so …”

The knockout was inferred.


Insomnia

Watch Brock Lesnar go full beast mode in WWE.

Arrest Brock Lesnar. He just murdered everyone

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Pre camp preparation training for Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Will Brooks, and Colby Covington. Jedrzejczyk is rumored to be defending her title at UFC 217 in NYC in November.

Not the first McGregor/ Game of Thrones mashup we’ve seen. See, I told you he would make an appearance on the show.

How McGregor avoided the Irish Drug War

UFC 214 PPV estimates far exceeded the expectations of many

It’s not MMA, but Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Vasyl Lomachenko would be a technician’s dream matchup in boxing

Max Holloway enjoying his Hawaii lifestyle


Slips, Rips, and Knockout Clips

Timing a knockout spinning elbow is one of my favorite achievements to watch in martial arts

Calf slicer

Not sure what’s going on with this walkout but…

Ever seen a fighter throw up mid-fight?

One of the more unique submissions you’ll see

Everyone loves a flying knee

Actual head movement

Invicta is a good Twitter follow, especially for the next 25 days


Good Reads


Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

McGregor and Malignaggi’s beef explained

This new podcast looks fun


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UFC Fight Night 114 video: Watch Rashad Evans obliterate Chuck Liddell in ‘KO of the Week’

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will try to patch a sinking ship tomorrow night (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 114 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico, when he meets Sam Alvey in his second appearance at middleweight. Evans is coming off a split-decision loss to Daniel Kelly back at UFC 209 and is desperately trying to prove he can still hang at 37 years of age.

In order to prepare fight fans for Evans’ clash with Alvey, UFC featured “Suga” in the most recent edition of “KO of the Week.” This time, the action focuses around Evans and his 2008 knockout of UFC legend Chuck Liddell. Coming into his main event clash with “The Iceman” at UFC 88, Evans had racked off five wins in six Octagon appearances at 205 pounds. In a split of a second, the New York native cracked Liddell with an all-time great right hand that slumped the former champion. It was just the third time Liddell had ever been finished by strikes in his UFC career and ultimately a victory for Evans that propelled him into a title fight with then champion Forrest Griffin (a matchup that Evans would win via TKO).

If Evans can get back to his old form and settle in at 185 pounds like he did at light heavyweight for nearly 10 years, he could really throw a wrench into the top 10 heading into 2018.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Bisping: Chuck Liddell may sign with Bellator MMA because he’s ‘pissed’ at UFC

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, has been flirting with Bellator MMA head cheese Scott Coker, because there is no such thing as retirement in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Not when you have “Viacom money.”

According to UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, the now-pissed “Iceman” may be changing teams as a big “fuck you” to UFC, after the promotion fired him from his lucrative do-nothing job.

“He was an ambassador for the UFC, I believe he was on $ 1 million a year, that’s the number I heard,” Bisping told listeners of his official podcast (transcribed by Bloody Elbow). “It was great that the UFC was doing that, but now of course, new UFC owners came in. I heard that Chuck was really pissed off, so that’s why he’s possibly going over to Bellator.”

Bellator MMA has been known to recruit aging talent from the UFC retirement home, scooping up past headliners like Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar, just to name a few. Whether or not Liddell joins that illustrious list remains to be seen.

But it could lead to yet another un-retirement.

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Fightweets: Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 might be so wrong, it’s right

You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers. Shall we?

Liddell-Ortiz 3?

@_JonathanDGAF: What’s your opinion on a potential Tito Vs Chuck fight in Bellator?

I think it’s time to stage an intervention, folks. My name is Dave Doyle, and I’m a Bellator legends fights addict. There, I feel better just for admitting it.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for them. Maybe it was because I was there cageside the night in San Diego three years ago when Tito Ortiz fought Stephan Bonnar, and the crowd absolutely ate it up. The bout was ruthlessly mocked throughout the buildup, and it was like watching two guys fight under water.

I know going in that legends fights are probably going to be terrible. For every Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock which ends up interesting, there’s three Kimbo vs. DaDa5000 fights, which go from hilarious to nearly tragic.

And yet when an idea for a new Bellator legends fight surfaces, usually when enough time has passed to forget how bad the previous one might have been, I find myself wanting to sign on in spite of myself. I’m clearly not the only one, because these fights still bring in the ratings, and as long as that keeps happening, Bellator will keep providing.

Which brings us to Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. Speculation has ramped up in recent weeks about whether Liddell and Matt Hughes, who were given front-office jobs to retire so many years ago, will come out of retirement now that they’re no longer being paid not to fight. Liddell, for his part, threw fuel on the fire last weekend by posing for a photo online with Ortiz, which led to Ortiz predictably taking it a little too seriously, which escalated further before Ortiz backed off.

Then logic reasserts itself, reminding you that Liddell is 47 years old, and that toward the tail end of his career, his fights all seemed to end with The Iceman on the canvas. There’s also the idea that, you know, Ortiz had his big sendoff back in January, a perfect high-note finish, which also happened to be his second big sendoff.

But Ortiz has never been one to leave well enough alone. He lost to Liddell both times they fought. If he could make a big payday off what would undoubtably be a huge event, would he really pass it up? And in Liddell’s case, I mean, it’s not like we’d be sending him out there to fight Daniel Cormier or Jon Jones. Which might be better than what you can say about throwing 43-year-old Mark Hunt, who’s been knocked out three times in the past two-and-a-half years, into a fight with a killer like Derrick Lewis this weekend.

Which brings us back to the same conclusion we aways come back to: You can list all the reasons why it’s wrong, but I’d watch, you’d watch, and that critic who says he hates the fight will also watch while making sure everyone sees him shaking his head in disapproval while he’s actually, you know, watching. Until the day the public tires of them and stops making them profitable for Viacom, thus it will remain.

What next a featherweight?

@danjwareing: If Aldo stays at 145 would it make sense to give him Cub and the winner gets the winner of Edgar / Holloway?

Jose Aldo’s the big question mark as the 145-pound division moves forward following his crushing title loss to Max Holloway last weekend at UFC 212 . The defeat sure seemed to mark the definitive end to the Aldo era. You can write off the flash loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 as a simple matter of getting caught, something which can happen to any fighter. Taking an epic beatdown in front of your home fans is something altogether different. When Aldo returns, will he have the same fire and confidence as he did on his way up?

And that doesn’t even take into account it’s likely to be a good long while before he returns. He took long breaks under the best of circumstances. This time, if he goes through another one of his public pouty phases before agreeing to his next fight, the UFC is less likely to humor him than when he was champ.

In the meantime, Holloway vs. Edgar is the fight to make at 145. Edgar’s 7-0 at featherweight when not fighting Aldo, including a finish of Swanson. Holloway, as spectacular as he is, still isn’t all the way there as a drawing card. A victory over a fighter the caliber of the former UFC lightweight champ would give him three straight wins over former UFC titleholders and do more than any other bout (save McGregor, which isn’t happening any time soon) to help get him there.

It’s not that Cub Swanson’s far off. With four straight wins, he’s basically the third horse in this race behind Holloway and Edgar. But given Swanson has lost to both Holloway and Edgar, his best bet is to let that play out and keep winning. Who knows, a meeting between Swanson and the winner of the UFC 214 Ricardo Lamas-Jason Knight fight might be the one to make.

Fighters associations

@CodyAM1993: It’s been over a year since the creation of multiple fighter unions, yet, no true movement…what will it take to get unionization in MMA?

I’m more convinced than ever that we’re never going to see a real fighters’ union or association take hold. The timing never would have been better than last year, in the wake of the UFC sale, for something big to go down. Then the MMAAA had their big rollout last year and … and, one by one, the big names involved, from Donald Cerrone to Georges St-Pierre to T.J. Dillashaw, all dropped off. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

What I do think we’ll see, however, is the continued trend toward fighters losing their fear of speaking out against the big machine. Demetrious Johnson laid bare all the alleged tactics the UFC tried to throw his way. Would that have happened two, three, five years ago? And not only did DJ speak out, but other fighters within the company, such as Daniel Cormier, who like DJ has also been a good company man, have been unafraid to back him up .

(Side note: In back-to-back weeks, on UFC Tonight, we’ve seen Gegard Mousasi given air time to say he’s not happy with the UFC’s latest contract offer, and DC take the UFC to task over DJ. Given that on FS1, we’re used to having Megan Olivi nod along and tell Dana White he’s right when White says not to believe the media, it will be interesting to see if this new direction the show seems to be taking becomes permanent).

Predictions for the rest of the year

@SlayKatzNY: We are 6 months into the year. Look into your crystal ball – what will be the 2 biggest MMA news stories of the final half of the year?

Here goes: Conor knocks out Floyd Mayweather, leading to a rematch for even more money than the first fight … wait, is this thing working? (shakes the crystal ball a bit) … Okay let’s try again: Michael Bisping comes back from his knee injury, says no to GSP because he wants to silence his detractors, knocks out Yoel Romero, and then turns right back around and wins a rematch with Luke Rockhold … wait, c’mon now (shakes crystal ball violently)Cormier and Jones actually make it to the Octagon with no further injuries, suspensions, or weigh-in issues … okay, that’s it, this thing’s got a bug. Let me return this to sender and get back to you.

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Chuck Liddell unloads on ‘piece of sh*t’ Tito Ortiz over social media

Well, that escalated fast.

What started as a simple photo op between former UFC light heavyweight champions and longtime rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz has escalated into a war of words over social media.

First, the photo, which Liddell posted to his Instagram over the weekend:

Why not?

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Sunday, Ortiz attempted to troll Liddell on Twitter, saying “I don’t need the money” and offering to give him a loan.

Monday, Liddell went ballistic, saying telling Ortiz that while “I heard you changed for the better,” that he must be “still the same piece of shit I’ve punked on numerous occasions.”

“We took the pic as requested by the media,” Liddell wrote. “You knew I was going to post it, u posed for it. I heard you changed for the better but with your lack of class and character i knew it was impossible. Some encouraged me to give you a shot saying Amber changed u. Judging from your tweet you’re still the same piece of sh*t I’ve punked on numerous occasions. Now we know who the real trash was, you can’t blame @jennacantlose any more. Man up! Now let me borrow some money b*tch, where should we meet up I need it soon!”

The Liddell-Ortiz rivalry was critical to helping fuel the Zuffa-era MMA boom. Liddell won their first fight via second-round knockout at UFC 47. Their rematch, at UFC 66, was at the time far and away the biggest event in UFC history, drawing the company’s first $ 5M gate and first million-buy-PPV. Liddell won that one via TKO in the fourth round, successfully defending the 205-pound belt.

Ortiz, for his part, has retired twice, most recently after his win over Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 in January. Liddell retired to a UFC front office job following his UFC 115 loss to Rich Franklin in 2010, which was his fourth KO loss in his last six fights.

But with Liddell being cut from his UFC job late last year, speculation has run rampant on a potential return. Scott Coker, CEO of Bellator, which would seem the most likely landing spot for such a fight, recently indicated the company would talk to both Liddell and Matt Hughes, also let go by the UFC, when the time was right.

Ortiz has yet to respond to Liddell’s latest comments.

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Chuck Liddell teases comeback with Tito Ortiz staredown: ‘Why not?’

Who’s down for round three?

It’s no secret whispers have been growing louder about a potential comeback from former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Well, the 47-year-old Hall of Famer threw more fuel onto the fire Sunday night on Instagram, posting a staredown opposite his old rival, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz.

Why not?

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Liddell and Ortiz, of course, share quite a history.

The two legends were friends and training partners in the early days of the UFC before turning on one another and forging one of the most memorable rivalries of the early Zuffa era. Liddell and Ortiz ultimately met twice inside the Octagon, with Liddell winning both matches — a second-round knockout at UFC 47, followed by a third-round knockout at UFC 66 two years later.

Liddell parted ways with the UFC in late 2016 after serving in a largely honorary executive role with the company since his retirement in 2010, a casualty of the promotion-wide staff cuts made by the new UFC owners at WME-IMG. Since then, Liddell has posted a variety of training videos and images on his social media accounts, teasing the idea of the comeback. Liddell’s longtime trainer John Hackelman even recently said “it would all depend on the opponent” when asked about the possibility of the “Iceman” lacing up the gloves for one more run.

Would Ortiz be a tantalizing enough foe to coax Liddell back? Or how about Vitor Belfort, the 40-year-old legend who picked up a win at UFC 212 and called out Liddell?

As Liddell recently told TMZ, “we’ll see.”

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