John Hackleman Talks: Chuck Liddell Style, Career & Retirement

 

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John Hackleman was on the Joe Rogan experience and thanks to MMA Fighting for the transcript:

Chuck Liddell career and retirement:

“Towards the end of his career I begged him not to so much and he still wouldn’t,” says Hackleman. “He would not stop bangin’. He banged ’till the end. He couldn’t help it. We would spend hours and hours and hours [on it]. We put the little thing down between his chin and his shoulders to keep his chin down. To keep his hands up, I’d put weights in his hands, stuff under his arms. Hours and hours and he would drill it, drill it, drill it. The second he hit someone and just saw that little spark in the eye, that killer instinct would take over and he’d drop his hands to his hips, put his chin up in the air and just start swinging for the knockout. He’d forget everything.

 

“When his chin wasn’t quite what it was? He didn’t want to change his style. We didn’t want to turn into a more cerebral game. He wanted to go out a banger and he did.”

 

[Dana] was looking out for [Chuck's] best [interest]. What people don’t realize, including Dana, was that I wanted Chuck to retire from before he even started. I didn’t want him to fight at all. Now he’s fighting. He loves fighting and it’s his passion. [Chuck's] gonna say when he’s gonna quit. I saw him get hurt really bad with Rich Franklin. Right then it was done. Right then I said, “That’s it. That’s the last one. No more.” And [Chuck] didn’t disagree. Emotions ran high after the fight so we decided right that night. We said, “Let’s meet in such and such weeks. We’re going to go hike ‘Madonna’ (which is our mountain up there) and we’ll talk about it and decide then.’ We walked up Madonna and said, ‘You know what? No more. That’s it.’ And we decided then and he came back down and announced it.”

Chuck Liddell is a UFC Hall of Famer and retired in 2010.

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Topics: Chuck Liddell, Dana White, Doc Octagon, John Hackleman, Rich Franklin, UFC

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