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Liddell Criticizes GSP, Details Why He’s Pumped For UFC 167

Chuck Liddell

Georges St. Pierre may be one of the sport’s most popular stars, but he also his fair share of critics, who aren’t thrilled about the fact he’s worked his way to six consecutive decision wins. Even though GSP boosters point out the UFC welterweight champ is taking on world class fighters every outing, his detractors believe he works to win rounds rather than finish fights. You can count Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell as one of the latter.

Of course, Liddell became one of the sport’s biggest stars ever due to his habit of rendering foes unconscious, so the comments he recently made on ESPN’s “Sports Nation”, aren’t overly surprising (quotes via MMA

“I think some people make complaints about some of the champions playing it safe. I understand it, but I don’t want to watch it. I think [Georges] St-Pierre is a great fighter. He’s awesome. Jon Jones is a great fighter. I just don’t like watching him {St-Pierre} play safe. And he fights safe. I mean against {Nick} Diaz he spiral rode him for half the fight. I don’t like watching that.”

“Now, for him to able to do that to guys that are at that level is impressive. But it’s not exciting to me. And the way they chose the fight. I mean ‘I’ve been beating this guy up for four rounds, I’m still just gonna win the last round. I’m not gonna try to finish him. I’m not gonna go after him. I’m not gonna take any risks.’ From a coaching standpoint and a manager’s standpoint, I understand. It makes sense. It’s big money now. But from a fan’s standpoint, I don’t want to watch it, [not] unless I think he’s fighting someone that can make him fight. I actually think this next fight coming up, I’m excited, he’s fighting Johny Hendricks and I think Hendricks is going to make him fight.”

Since Hendricks is a decorated wrestler with one-punch knockout power, the theory is that GSP won’t be able to keep him on the ground and could be threatened on his feet. Similar ideas were floated around before he fought Josh Koshcheck the first time. We’ll get to see at UFC 167 if this match-up proves to be different. It should be a doozy.

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