Liddell, 40, has the opportunity to remembered as one of America's first mixed martial artists to make it. He's rich. A celebrity. Revered instead of reviled. Let's hope he stays that way because it would be awful if Liddell tried to hold onto his past by mortgaging his future.
I imagine in the immediacy of yet another on-his-shield loss, Liddell will say he's done. But how many times have similar words from fighters been found meaningless?
This really shouldn't be his decision, and the people around him need not aid and abet the man. Liddell's longtime trainer,
Same goes for
Liddell should end his career with a 21-8 record, highlighted by monster wins and heavy losses. We will hopefully remember that
I had the privilege of watching Liddell fight in a ballroom of 1,200 somewhere outside Fresno, Calif., during the final summer of
Neither man won that night because Franklin managed to slip one of his legs between the cage and canvas, forcing a no contest. It was the first time I saw first-hand how tough Franklin is, and based on his (broken) body of work, pain's reality has never deterred him.
Not so long ago, I wrote Franklin, 35, won't go down as a legend. I think it was after
"I broke my hand before and I didn't quit," Franklin said immediately after the knockout, which came at 4:55 of the first. "It's a broken arm. These people came here to see a fight." As they have for years when Franklin, Liddell and
The former UFC middleweight champion will take time off, heal, and get right back in there against another challenge. He has fought them all, and it looks like he will continue to. For as long as his calcified body lets him.
Many were quick to write off Filipovic as dead after his third-round stoppage to
There isn't a better division in the UFC than welterweight. Its unquestioned depth should continue to deliver quality mixed martial arts as we're forced to wait for