During today’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell Vs. Team Ortiz” media conference call, Chuck Liddell took a moment to veer away from talks of Tito Ortiz and the reality show to comment on UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s UFC 111 title defense against Dan Hardy.
While he dominated every second of their five round fight, St. Pierre was unable to put Dan Hardy away, and he has drawn much criticism for it. Even though he is known for finishing fights in brutal fashion, Chuck Liddell disagrees with the criticism.
“GSP did what he was supposed to,” said “The Iceman”. “He went out there and won the fight and tried to finish it. He didn’t give a guy with heavy hands… a chance to hit him.”
Liddell went on, “The thing is, he was trying to finish the guy. He went after submissions. It wasn’t like he was just laying and praying on top of him. He was trying to pass [Hardy’s guard]. As a smart fighter, I can’t fault him.”
Dan Hardy is known for possessing heavy hands and Liddell agrees with St. Pierre’s strategy of taking the fight away from his opponent’s strengths.
“If a guy is not really a threat on the ground and he is a threat on his feet…it makes no sense to stand and bang with him,” said Liddell.
He did add, however, “Don’t get me wrong, it would have been more exciting and I would’ve probably liked it a lot better if he would’ve stood up and exchanged with him. It would’ve been more fun to watch. But is that considered a smart move? No.”
“The Iceman” gave slight criticism towards Hardy’s performance but was quick to give the Brit props for his grit.
“I would’ve liked to have seen a little more takedown defense from Hardy,” he said. But he added, “Hardy got out of things…Hardy was staying tough. I thought [St. Pierre] was gonna break his arm a couple times.”
Liddell also said at one point that, like most MMA fans, he was disappointed that the Jon Fitch-Thiago Alves fight was scrapped at the last minute due to a possible brain irregularity showing up on Alves’ pre-fight CAT scan.
The media conference call was put on to promote the newest season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, which will see Liddell and his rival, Tito Ortiz, face off as coaches. The show will premiere Wednesday night on Spike TV directly after the airing of “UFC Fight Night 21: Florian Vs. Gomi”.