Originally Posted by Cedric
My friend that I went to the Seahawks game with is a HUGE UFC fan. I can't believe that Lidell guy was/is ever considered good. He had terrible defense skills and a wild attack. He looked like a tough man contest fighter.
It was an effective wild attack. It would never work in a zillion years in boxing, but this isn't boxing. In MMA, a puncher has to lunge a bit because otherwise he'll find himself in a wrestling match. What Liddell does is throw a quick haymaker and keeps his balance well enough while doing it to maintain his takedown defense. He put a lot of guys to sleep. It looks like his mobility is fading and it doesn't help that Jardine can kicks your legs crooked.
Though what we might be seeing is the rapid progression of the sport. Arlov, Liddell, Franklin and Hughes were held up as supermen not long ago, four unbeatables holding belts in their respective divisions. Now all four have looked a lot more mortal as new fighters seemingly up the stakes with every event. The Pride guys enjoyed a lot of pub, but most haven't been able to match the level of competition in the UFC.