Former light-heavyweight champ and UFC Corridor of Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell helped the UFC transition from spectacle to sport, due to his brutal slugfests. Now, the 47-year-old is making a transition of his personal, from the Octagon to the massive display screen, the place he performs an MMA champion within the forthcoming indie thriller Choke Maintain.
M&F: What’s one of the best all-time UFC rivalry: Liddell-Couture or McGregor-Diaz?
CL: The most recent rivalry is fascinating, but it surely is determined by who you speak to, I suppose. However me and Randy is smart.
Any man you want you’d’ve fought?
Jon Jones. My type matches up along with his. He’s good at making guys combat the place he needs them to, and he wouldn’t be capable to do this with me. He’d be caught on his ft, getting punched or exchanging punches, and I don’t suppose he hits exhausting sufficient to punch with me. Not in my prime, for positive.
How is your coaching completely different right this moment?
I attempt to keep in form, although it doesn’t evaluate with how I educated for fights. Lately I educated with one among my buddies and a bunch of high 10 fighters, and I needed to cut up early. I sat down and couldn’t see for about 10 minutes. I used to be like, “Oh, shit, I by no means need to get in that form once more.” So coming straight again to coach with guys who’re preparing for fights—most likely not the neatest transfer. However l plan to remain in first rate form year-round.
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Is preparation for a job completely different from prepping for a UFC combat?
It’s sort of like a combat camp: You prepare, prepare for it, after which go carry out. Appearing is a talent that it’s important to work on. I’ve been engaged on it for some time, and I nonetheless really feel like I’ve bought an extended technique to go.
Do you ever really feel typecast at all times taking part in the robust man? Like, taking part in MMA champion Marco Reign in Choke Maintain is one thing you most likely had no hassle doing, proper?
Yeah. That sort of stuff is straightforward for me as a result of I’m used to performing like that for individuals. My associates will probably be like, “Hey, it’s my good friend’s birthday, go faux such as you’re mad at him. Get him scared.” I feel it’s humorous. I’m used to doing that sort of performing.
Who’s one of the best Iceman: Chuck Liddell, NBA Corridor of Famer George Gervin, or Val Kilmer’s character in High Gun?
That’s a tricky one, however I’m going to have to select me.