Former UFC light heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell recently made an appearance on ESPN’s SportsNation. During the interview, Liddell revealed that he’s no fan of welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
“I think some people make complaints about some of the champions playing it safe,” said Liddell (via BJPenn.com). “I understand it, but I don’t want to watch it. I think St. Pierre is a great fighter. He’s awesome… I just don’t like watching him play safe. And he fights safe. I mean against Diaz he spiral rode him for half the fight. I don’t like watching that.”
“Now, for him to be able to do that to guys that are at that level is impressive,” he added. “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.”
The Iceman makes some strong points, many that echo what fans have been saying about the perennial welterweight champ for years. We’ll see if anything changes in St-Pierre’s next title defense against Johny Hendricks, which is currently set for next month’s UFC 167.