The former UFC middleweight fighter Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin talks about how ring rust will most likely not affect Chuck Liddell’s performance at UFC 115. Although it’s been 14 months since Liddell’s last fight, he told media that “he looked to be in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in when I saw him recently.”
Franklin also talks about how he heard that Liddell’s training camp brought in a wrestling coach so there were possibilities of seeing a new ‘Iceman’ at UFC 115. We’re so used to seeing Liddell standing and trading with his opponents, but we may actually see a different Liddell this time around.
From Rich Franklin:
“I like Chuck. He’s a good guy. I doubt he’s going to, just based on his Dancing With the Stars performance, just mesmerize me with some of his moves. The thing is, in this sport, it’s kinda crazy because you’re expected to take three or four fights a year in mixed martial arts, but when you look at the top level boxers, often times boxers have anywhere from six to twelve months between fights. It’s a normal thing for that to happen. For myself particularly, I’ve had nine months since my last fight and if I was a top-level professional boxer, it wouldn’t be so abnormal but in this sport people are like, whoa what do you think about ring rust. In Chuck’s case, he’s had 14 months off. I don’t know if that’s going to be a factor or anything like that but he looked to be in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in when I saw him recently. I heard he hired a new wrestling coach so as far as getting a gauge on this fight, I’m not really sure what his game plan will be coming in. I don’t know if were gonna see the same Chuck we normally see or if he’s gonna try to switch things up and look to take me down or what his game plan will be.”