Where would MMA be without Chuck Liddell?

by Steve Cofield | source: yahoo.com

Certain athletes can carry a sport to the next level and every game has that watershed moment or era when it enters the sports world's consciousness. Was Chuck Liddell that guy for MMA and the UFC?

Has MMA really arrived yet? Maybe. Maybe not. It is safe to say the sport might be still be struggling badly if it weren't for the contributions in and out of the Octagon from the "Iceman."

Liddell arrived on the scene in 1998 at UFC 17. He had the look, with the mohawk and scowl, plus a love of the standup game. If you think some fans complain now about the ground game, imagine trying to sell MMA to an audience that only wanted blood and guts, and was used to watching boxers duke it out.

Liddell produced huge wins over Randy Couture at UFC 52 and 57. He also put an exclamation point on his war with Tito Ortiz by crushing him at UFC 66. That 2007 event was the first time the UFC passed the one million mark in pay-per-view buys on a single card.

There was a lot of work outside the cage that led to that moment.

Liddell, along with Dana White, basically went on a barnstorming media tour for three years.

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WRESTLENOW site profile image  

12/30/10 6:37 PM by WRESTLENOW

Chuck has and always will be a badass. He still has the technique and ability to be champ he just got hit too much during his career/ streetfights slowed down and now his chin is completely gone.

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12/30/10 3:05 PM by Coolface_Awesomeson

I have often thought that Yahoo Sports likes the UFC more than they care for MMA......and that guy who said that the UFC would have found someone else to push - you are correct.

BuddyRevell site profile image  

12/30/10 2:47 PM by BuddyRevell

Randy and Chuck were the first megastars of the post-TUF era when the sport exploded imo.  

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12/30/10 1:58 PM by Dominus Formido

King of fighters is "The King Of Cock Sucking". Fact.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

12/30/10 1:58 PM by RyannVonDoom

 It'd be in the same place. Tito and Ken were the ones to really make the Zuffa era take off. 

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12/30/10 1:38 PM by TheAntiBully

 So he cemented his legacy in the UFC. Good on him. Your post does nothing to contribute. Go make a 'chuck's not good enough for me' thread.

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12/30/10 12:55 PM by KingOfFighters

king of fighters is a video game buddy..... lol@tenors

War Mir site profile image  

12/30/10 12:45 PM by War Mir

Kingoffighters is just a pissed off Internet warrior who never fulfilled his ambitions. Look at his sn. Hahaha

BuddyRevell site profile image  

12/30/10 12:39 PM by BuddyRevell

That win streak that started and ended with Tito was pretty epic. During that nearly three year span, he knocked out everyone he fought. And the timing was perfect: UFC was exploding in popularity because of TUF. 

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12/30/10 12:35 PM by KingOfFighters

Lol@crediting a win over a malnourished overeem.....No one thought rampage would beat him, not even me.....Everyone thought that silva vs liddel pride gp main even was a lock in.Chuck let the fans down.