Chuck Liddell doesn't like to watch Georges St. Pierre ‘play it safe’ inside the Octagon

Eric Bolte - US PRESSWIRE

Chuck Liddell isn't impressed with Georges St. Pierre's fighting style, saying that he doesn't like to see a champion play it safe inside the Octagon by riding a guy for half the fight.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell wasn't known to be a great wrestler during his reign inside the Octagon.

Not because he didn't have it in his arsenal -- he was a Division-1 wrestler at Cal Poly Tech State University -- but because "The Iceman" preferred to stand-and-bang against all of his opponents.

A style that led to many career-defining knockouts for Chuck, which entertained fight fans over the years.

But as the UFC Hall of Famer recently told ESPN's SportsNation, the champions of today are too keen on playing it safe and chief among them is welterweight titleholder, Georges St. Pierre.

And during his visit to Bristol, Connecticut, Liddell didn't take it easy when critiquing "Rush's" fighting style.

"I think some people make complaints about some of the champions playing it safe. 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 it 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 able to do that to guys that are at that level, it's impressive. 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.' Now, 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. I still think he's a great guy. 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."

Indeed, "GSP" has often been on the receiving end of non-stop criticism from media, fans and fighters alike thanks to his recent track record of going the distance in his previous six title defenses.

Something "The Iceman" is confident Hendricks -- a two-time NCAA Division-1 champion -- can change when the two tango in the main event of UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Because as Liddell predicts, "Bigg Rigg" will force "GSP" to fight.

But "Rush" isn't alone in the criticism.

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson also received some negative feedback in the past for not finishing any of his previous three challengers. But then again, "Smooth" isn't exactly in the "play it safe" category, as most of his fights have been played out on the feet, unlike St. Pierre's who more often than not, find their way to the ground.

But, for "Bendo," as long as he looked good dominating a fight, it didn't matter to him if he got the finish or not.

Perhaps Chuck will be happy to hear that the new 155-pound kingpin, Anthony Pettis, is aiming to be a champion who doesn't play it safe and actually goes for the finish, as "Showtime" plans to end all of his fights in the very first round.

Easier said than done.

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