December 31, 2006 |
Nobody in Ultimate Fighting Championship has the punching power of Chuck Liddell, a point the light-heavyweight champion pounded home Saturday when he defended his title with a third-round technical knockout of Huntington Beach's Tito Ortiz. Liddell (20-3) continually evaded Ortiz's attempts to turn their rematch into a wrestling affair, and in the fight's defining moments, Liddell struck Ortiz in the head as Ortiz reassumed a wrestling pose.
April 18, 2009 |
His boss says one more loss means retirement. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell counters that if he can win tonight's light-heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship bout against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Montreal, he'll need only one more victory to get a shot at retrieving the title he surrendered less than two years ago. Liddell is 39, Rua is 27.
September 21, 2007 |
Dogged by questions about the effects of his age, physical fitness and tendency to go night-clubbing as fight night has neared, Chuck Liddell says his Saturday night Ultimate Fighting Championship bout with Keith Jardine will dismiss the doubters. "I made a mistake, got caught trading a body shot for a right hand, and that's where it ends," Liddell, 37, said as he concluded training in Anaheim for his fight at the Honda Center.
May 27, 2007 |
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has made a habit of entering his mixed martial arts fights by howling. He had a lot more to yell about Saturday night, stunning a sellout crowd of Ultimate Fighting Championship fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena by dropping light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell with a sudden right hook in the first round, then pouncing atop him for another five-punch barrage that forced referee John McCarthy to stop the fight and award Jackson a victory by technical knockout.
July 5, 2008 |
Just as some began to sense Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was on the downside of his career, Juanito Ibarra saw a man with untapped potential. When other mixed martial artists considered Jackson nothing more than a brawler, Ibarra was convinced he could supply him with an arsenal of self-defense tactics. That was three years ago, after Jackson's third knockout loss in a six-fight span. Today, he's the light-heavyweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, a title he secured in May 2007 with a surprising first-round technical knockout of Chuck Liddell.
May 26, 2007 |
Dana White, the energetic president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, didn't need to know the record-breaking pay-per-view and live gate numbers of boxing's Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight earlier this month in Las Vegas. White was ready to make a pronouncement, that mixed martial arts has surpassed boxing -- and the staged outcomes of World Wrestling Entertainment, for that matter -- as the most popular fight sport in the U.S.