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Chuck Liddell Talks UFC 79, Keith Jardine, Sam Vasquez And More

Chuck Liddell is preparing for his long awaited super fight with Wanderlei Silva. The two will meet in the cage for the co-main event at UFC 79 on December 31st. Liddell took time out from training to sit down with Ben Zeidler of MMAMadness to discuss the fight and a variety of other topics:

Liddell On Fighting Wanderlei Silva:

Yeah, I can’t wait. I’ve been waiting for a long time for this fight and it’s what I need. It’s a big fight and it’s helping me to get excited. Hopefully, it’ll get me back into the picture, too. It’s going to be exciting. He likes to come after guys and I like it when people come after me. I think I’ll knock him out and I don’t expect it to go a long time, but when it’s going, it should be a good one.

Liddell On His Plan For The Fight:

You know, I’m just going to try to execute my game plan a little better. I’m not changing styles or doing anything crazy. I’m still the same fighter as I was before.

Liddell On His Conversations With Tony Robbins

He called. John [Hackleman] had used him before for training purposes. He’s just a really knowledgeable guy with a lot to say.

Liddell On His Last Fight Against Keith Jardine:

I didn’t perform as well as I should have. I kept the fight too close so I really can’t complain about the decision. I should’ve done lots of stuff differently, you know? It just wasn’t my fight.

Liddell’s Prediction For Georges St. Pierre-Matt Hughes III?

Matt is a buddy of mine. He’s going to put it together and win.

Liddell On The Death Of MMA Fighter Sam Vasquez:

You know the risks in any sport when you go out there. Look at boxing — it’s just one of those things. I had a buddy of mine teaching private boxing and he dropped dead in the ring. Another one of my buddies almost died on the mat. They had to defib[rillate] him right there and he isn’t like he used to be. These things happen and people do the best they can. The commission does everything they can. Sometimes, you just can’t avoid these things.

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