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Chuck Liddell Is A Fan Of Conor McGregor’s Ferocious Fists, But Not Of His “Notorious” Mouth

Chuck Liddell was one of the major catalysts for the massive growth that occurred in the UFC’s popularity during the noughties, but now he watches on from the sidelines as another concrete fisted knockout artist ushers in a new era of expansion.

Liddell’s stand-up style and proclivity for brutal finishes captured the imagination of a wide audience at a time when the UFC was still very much a small niche product. Today, Conor McGregor is drawing new fans to the sport of caged combat for similar reasons.

While Liddell marched in an unparalleled parade of violence for a two year period between 2004-2006 – winning all seven fights he had during that time via stoppage, McGregor has trodden a similar path since joining the UFC back in 2013.

The Irishman has stopped six of his seven opponents to date, with four of those wins coming inside one round.

Given that McGregor seems to share his fixation on ferocious finishes, it is unsurprising that Liddell appreciates the combat stylings of the Dublin southpaw.

Liddell expressed this appreciation in a recent interview with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports.

I love the way Conor fights,” said “The Iceman”. “How can you not? I mean, the guy delivers. I’ve been an Aldo fan for years, and he’s been such a great fighter, and Conor went out there and did what he said he was going to do.”

Liddell, however, is apparently not as enamoured with McGregor’s antics outside of the cage. Never a particularly tenacious trash-talker himself, Liddell told Iole that he Conor’s motor-mouth was not one of his most endearing characteristics.

“I’ll be honest: I don’t like the way Conor talks. I’m not a fan of that. I get it. I understand it. It’s his way of intimidating guys and getting into their head. Everyone has their way of trying to get into the other guy’s head before a fight, and talking is his way.”

The former 205lb king did add, though, that as long as McGregor continues to walk the walk, that he will put up with the talk.

“I don’t like it, but I can put up with all the loudmouth, crazy things he says when he goes out and fights like he does and gives you those kinds of finishes.”

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.