June 14, 2010 5:59 PM
by Noel McDaniel
Chuck Liddell, Hall of Famer to the UFC, ended his career in UFC 115 this weekend against Rich Franklin.
"This is what he wanted. I did what I felt I should do... (Liddell) said. ‘Listen, I want this; I'm going to take it serious and he did. What else could I say? The guy was healthy. He's seen the doctors; he's passed his (medicals)… I don't think there was any secret in anyone's mind – including Rich Franklin and his camp – what Chuck's game plan was going to be tonight. Chuck fights the same way. He has a style that made him very popular (and) very famous and made him a world champion… At 40 years old, you don't go in with a different game plan and do different things… I'll be the first one to say (that) he does not have the chin he used to have. I've been around fighters my whole life; you could have hit Chuck in a face with that pole over there, and you wouldn't knock him out. If you look at some of his earlier fights and some of the shots that he used to get hit with, (they) would have knocked any other fighter out… He had an incredible chin, and listen – we all turn 40. We all get old. Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball (player). It happens to everybody… He actually lived inside that window. "I have not one sad feeling in my body at all. We did it, and he'll always be a part of it… He gave it his last shot, and he went out like Chuck Liddell would: came out blasting, bombing, tried to put Rich away, and he gave the fans a good last fight with the 'Iceman.'" -- By Pedro Carrasco of BJPENN.COM.
Liddell, in one of the best conditions of his fighting career, was dominate in the first four minutes in the first round until Franklin caught a short right to the chin that ended the fight.
‘Cro Cop’ was the fan favorite making a huge comeback against Pat Barry with a submission in the third round.
There are a lot of local MMA favorites coming out swinging this week.
Team Tompkins of TapouT Training Center will have Brad Tavares in the finale of the Ultimate Fighter this weekend. Also on the same card, John Gunderson will face off in Mark Holst.
In the upcoming WEC, Mark Hominick, Chris Horodeck and Bendy Casimir from Team Tompkins will also be on the card.