“We all fight in different arenas in our life, and I think that’s what draws so many people to fighting is because it’s the actual physical manifestation of the way they feel inside. To me, to live is to fight. It’s about persevering; it’s about testing yourself. It’s about not becoming complacent. It’s about feeling alive in the moment because when your adrenaline is going, you’re thinking about that present moment. You’re not somewhere else, you’re not thinking about. you know, what’s going to happen 10 minutes from now. That’s the reason I love fighting – is when I’m in there, I feel free. I feel like there’s no other place I want to be. I can’t even think of anything, you know, beyond that second. That’s why I’m drawn to the fight, because I love the presence of it, where it brings me mentally. It’s the purest thing for me.” — Rashad Evans
Rampage Jackson knocks out Chuck Liddell to win the UFC Light Heavyweight title || UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson
Rashad Evans knocks out Chuck Liddell || UFC 88: Breakthrough
Epic Fights Collection #17 || Chuck Liddell versus Rich Franklin || UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin
Originally scheduled to be the third battle between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, Rich Franklin stepped up to the plate to face Chuck Liddell after Ortiz revealed on The Ultimate Fighter he had to have an operation, which scraped Liddell’s battle with him entirely. There was one burning question going into this fight: at 40 years old, could the ‘Iceman’ dodge retirement and produce a victory over Franklin.
Franklin himself needed a victory after being crushed by Vitor Belfort at UFC 103. High stakes made for an entertaining all-out war between the two. Liddell utilised his superior striking throughout and even landed a takedown. However, in the closing seconds of the first round, an uppercut knocked him unconscious and into retirement. Franklin left the victor, Liddell left retired, finishing a storied career on a sour note.
UFC’s New Introduction Part One || UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
Debuting last Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship ushered in a new era for their introduction to pay-per-view and events. No longer did the Gladiator man start off the pay-per-view. Instead, this fantastic introduction which features the likes of Royce Gracie, BJ Penn, Junior dos Santos, Randy Couture and more in key moments will open future events.
Fun fact: this introduction was ready to go for UFC 142, but they had forgotten to put in Rich Franklin (who is shown knocking out Nate Quarry), so they had to go back and edit it for it to re-debut at UFC 143.
Epic Fights Collection #2 || Chuck Liddell versus Wanderlei Silva || UFC 79: Nemesis
On December 29th of 2007, the world watched as a ‘dream’ match took place at UFC 79: Nemesis. After Zuffa purchased Pride Fighting Championships in October of that year, Dana White made the announcement that Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva would go to war in Wanderlei’s debut. The former PRIDE Middleweight Champion put up a fight in this stand-up battle, but in the end, it was Liddell who came out on top via unanimous decision.