UFC Hall Of Famer Chuck Liddell was recently on ESPN’s Sportsnation and he was very clear about his opinion on UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre style of fighting. Liddell has been apart of some of the most exciting fights in UFC history, and the laundry list of knockouts on his record proves it. While Liddell is impressed with what GSP can do to some guys in the octagon he rightfully admits that he doesn’t like watching it.
Liddell told ESPN:
I think some people make complaints about some of the champions playing it safe. I understand it, but I don’t want to watch it. I think Georges St-Pierre is a great fighter. He’s awesome. Jon Jones is a great fighter. I just don’t like watching him play safe, and he fights safe. I mean against Nick Diaz he spiral rode him for half the fight. I don’t like watching that.
Now, for him to able to do that to guys that are at that level is impressive. But it’s not exciting to me. And the way they chose the fight. I mean ‘I’ve been beating this guy up for four rounds, I’m still just gonna win the last round. I’m not gonna try to finish him. I’m not gonna go after him. I’m not gonna take any risks.’ From a coaching standpoint and a manager’s standpoint, I understand. It makes sense. It’s big money now. But from a fan’s standpoint, I don’t want to watch it, [not] unless I think he’s fighting someone that can make him fight. I actually think this next fight coming up, I’m excited, he’s fighting Johny Hendricks and I think Hendricks is going to make him fight.
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