It’s Do or Die for the Iceman in UFC 97

At 39 decades of age several look to feel that Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, when the light heavyweight king of the UFC, is currently past his prime. Coming from his 1st knockout reduction the final time he was within the octagon, the Iceman is seeking to revitalize his rapidly fading MMA profession. He will be struggling with a formidable opponent in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a match that has been a long time in the creating. The 205-lbs. King Chuck Liddell is one particular of the most well-known UFC fighters of all time, and some even argue that he is liable for bringing the sport into the mainstream throughout the peak of his profession. He debuted in the UFC in 1998 in a unanimous choice victory Noe Hernandez. A technical knockout defeat adopted his impressive debut in the fingers of previous contender Jeremy Horn. Getting the foreseeable future champ that he was, Liddell bounced back again and won ten of his subsequent 11 fights en route to successful the belt towards arch-rival Randy Couture in April of 2005. He then continued to dominate the division by defending his title productively four situations in a row towards division contenders Jeremy Horn, Randy Cotoure, Renato Sobral, and Tito Ortiz. The Fall of Chuck Soon after nearly two a long time of ruling the light heavyweight division, the Iceman lastly located his match in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The battle was stopped early in the very initial round when the previous PRIDE champion caught Liddell with a hook proper on the button. Jackson was crowned as the new light heavyweight champion and this was a difficult pill to swallow for the quite proud Liddell. His comeback fight was at very best unimpressive as he misplaced to Keith Jardine in a tightly-contested split determination. This was unfamiliar territory for the Iceman as this was the very first time he skilled again to back again losses. Some imagined the Iceman was again when he defeated the legendary Wanderlei Silva in 2007 in a match that has been dubbed as one particular of the biggest in UFC background. Even so, he endured the worst loss of his job to latest champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans whereby he was knocked out with a simple punch. The similarity of this loss to that of the Jackson defeat made some think that Chuck’s design was no longer suit for the new breed of UFC warriors. Liddell will be out to show his critics incorrect as he faces celebrated Brazilian warrior Shogun in UFC 97 this Sunday. The Matchup Even though Liddell was taking out his opponents a single by a single in the UFC, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was carrying out an similarly remarkable occupation halfway all around the world. In 2005 Shogun won the PRIDE Grand Prix tournament in Japan and some even regarded him as the amount 1 fighter in the light-heavyweight division, previously mentioned Liddell. He defeated the likes of Kevin Randleman, Quinton Jackson and Alistair Overeem (two times). But that was then. Shogun missing his UFC debut versus Forest Griffin and then underwent two knee surgeries. Though he won his last combat versus UFC hall-of-famer Mark Coleman, he was out of fuel early in the battle prompting criticisms about his stamina and endurance. Even however this fight would have been considerably greater if it had gone down three decades ago, it is even now a matchup to look out for as both fighters have their backs in opposition to the wall and will be searching for a significantly-necessary win to revive their careers.