Ultimate Fighting Championship color commentator Joe Rogan didn’t like what he saw from Chuck Liddell at Golden Boy MMA last weekend, but he is just as concerned with the process as with the result.
Rogan watched as Liddell, 48, who was regarded as one of the most fearsome MMA fighters in history during his peak, made his unsuccessful comeback to the sport following an eight-year layoff. Liddell had previously retired in 2010 following three consecutive knockouts suffered to Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua and Rich Franklin.
While Rogan didn’t like seeing Liddell lying on the canvas again after another knockout, he questioned the style of “The Iceman,” believing it opened him up to being finished.
“When you see Chuck go out on his shield, something about it to me, I don’t like seeing it,” Rogan said on his “JRE MMA Show” podcast. “I definitely would’ve liked it if he didn’t get knocked out again. But one thing I would like young fighters to see is there’s consequences to choices in terms of how you approach these exchanges and how you fight. I’m of the belief that you should fight the correct way.
“Don’t fight the way that pleases your boss or the crowd,” Rogan added. “Fight the way you’re supposed too with your skills, and win by knockout when you can. But don’t get knocked out because you’re trying to win by knockout and you overextending yourself and overexposing yourself. That’s not wise. I think part of fighting has to be wise.”
Rogan attributed Liddell’s strategy to how good his chin was during his prime, and a failure to adapt once that chin began to fade.
“He was just a marauder,” Rogan said. “You could hit him the face with a f*cking crowbar and he would just spit metal out. He didn’t give a f*uck. He was so badass back in the day.
“There’s a right way to fight and a wrong way to fight and one of the things about seeing Chuck go out on his shield like that, it’s like, this is the bed he made,” Rogan added. “This is his style.”