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Thursday, December 30, 2010

FAREWELL CHUCK LIDDELL: JIU JITSU CREDS AND ONLY ONE CAREER SUBMISSION. BUT, THAT BEAUTIFUL MOHAWK!!


By now even your stepmother has heard yesterday's breaking news that the "Iceman" himself, Chuck Lidell, has retired from MMA as a fighter and is now segueing into a new position with UFC as EVP of Business Development.

We've struggled to fully support the Iceman over the years. On the one hand, we appreciated his dedication to the mohawk. That takes commitment. Add the fact that he always rocked the "James Hetfield" biker stache, and you pretty much complete the perfect circle of redneck, rockstar badassedness.

But, a grappler he wasn't - at least we never saw it, despite his BJJ training and purple belt. His most recent submission is listed as "verbal submission (blurred vision)" in '05 over Jeremy Horn, and we're pretty sure there was no jiu jitsu involved in that. The fact is he has only one career submission in 29 pro fights, and that was in the '90's. That being said, we acknowledge him as one of the greatest KO artists in MMA (UFC) history.

So, here's our salute to Chuck's jiu jitsu and his single submission victory (standing RNC) in 1999 over the now unknown Kenneth Williams at Neutral Grounds 11.  You killed it, Chuck.  Enjoy (note: go to 5:17 for the money shot).




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