Hackleman: 'I'd rather he not do it anymore'

by Josh Gross | source: sportsillustrated.com

"You can't make someone quit," Chuck Liddell's trainer of 20 years John Hackleman said in the aftermath of Liddell's stoppage loss over the weekend. "But definitely when I looked down at him in the cage, my stomach ... it just didn't feel good."

"I don't think there's too much to talk about. I think we both know what he's going to do. I won't speak for him like Dana did. I'll just say I'd rather he not do it anymore."

"If he's gotta do it I'd rather be there looking after him than someone else. I don't think it will come to that. I think he's good right now. I think he's in a good place and obviously wishes he won. But he's a very successful guy that's accomplished a lot in and out of the cage, and he doesn't really need this anymore in any way. I don't think he has anything to prove."

"The thing that made him the most famous, richest, most exciting superstar in the sport also can come back and haunt him. All the game planning went out the window and the warrior in him took over. He dropped his hands, took his chin up and started swinging for the fences. That's the way he went in and that's the way he went out. That's just him."

"Looking down at him cut like that, broke my heart."

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Archer0545 site profile image  

6/17/10 7:31 AM by Archer0545

 It's like telling water to not be wet. Chuck was beating the shit out of Rich until he went and walked into the right hand for him.

pharochuck site profile image  

6/17/10 4:24 AM by pharochuck

 seemed like that last shot was extra, guess it was just the heat of the moment  

CRE site profile image  

6/17/10 3:36 AM by CRE


IrishRottie site profile image  

6/17/10 2:15 AM by IrishRottie

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t169/Inspectorchao/Lyoto%20Machida/LYOTOKOSRICHFRANKLIN.gifhe was out

Bumbaclot site profile image  

6/17/10 2:08 AM by Bumbaclot

Rich was completely conscious.  He was about to get up but the Japanese refs always pin you down to look at you first. also to make the stoppage look more legit. Rich was knocked out.  But he could've gotten up if there was a 10 count.  

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

6/17/10 2:06 AM by ABE FROMAN

 I TOLD everybody Chuck wasn't going to retire. He loves the spotlight too much.

Randy is God site profile image  

6/17/10 2:04 AM by Randy is God

There is a severe lack of Rich love on this forum and it sickens me. Getting KO'd by Franklin was inevitable. Bad matchup.

IrishRottie site profile image  

6/17/10 2:00 AM by IrishRottie


CRE site profile image  

6/17/10 1:59 AM by CRE

It happened for years already, where you been buddy?Member Since: 12/15/09Oh nevermind then.All is fair in love and war, Chuck is just way more popular than Franklin so everyone is upset. I posted the kinder images chronically the end of Liddell's career.

Bumbaclot site profile image  

6/17/10 1:57 AM by Bumbaclot

do you know what being stretched out cold means?