John Hackleman tried to alter Chuck Liddell's fighting style, but 'Iceman' wanted to go out a 'banger'

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Even though he ended his fight career with three straight knockout losses, Chuck Liddell went out 'bangin'" despite constant pleas from head trainer John Hackelman to adjust his stand-and-bang style.

Very few mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters embodied the stand-and-bang style like former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.

Just ask Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture, two men among many who fell victim to "The Iceman's" devastating power punches which included his trademark overhand right. Sure, Chuck had decent wrestling skills as a back up, but the UFC Hall of Famer always stayed true to his striking.

And despite the pleas of head trainer John Hackelmen to change it up a bit, it was a style Chuck stuck with up until his fighting career came to an end in 2010.

Hackleman broke it down during his appearance on "The Joe Rogan Experience" (via MMA Fighting):

"Towards the end of his career, I begged him not to so much and he still wouldn't. He would not stop bangin'. He banged 'till the end. He couldn't help it. We would spend hours and hours and hours on it. We put the little thing down between his chin and his shoulders to keep his chin down. To keep his hands up, I'd put weights in his hands, stuff under his arms. Hours and hours and he would drill it, drill it, drill it. The second he hit someone and just saw that little spark in the eye, that killer instinct would take over and he'd drop his hands to his hips, put his chin up in the air and just start swinging for the knockout. He'd forget everything. When his chin wasn't quite what it was, he didn't want to change his style. We didn't want to turn into a more cerebral game. He wanted to go out a banger and he did."

Indeed, when Chuck was on the fight card, fight fans knew an all-out stand-up brawl was on the horizon and that one man would eventually be going to sleep.

Toward the end of "The Iceman's" illustrious career, he ended up on the wrong side of a few knockouts, losing to Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua and Rich Franklin via knockout in consecutive bouts.

And while popular belief indicates it was UFC president Dana White who convinced Liddell to hang up his gloves after his third loss, Hackleman reveals it was a decision that was made in-house between fighter and trainer.

One they agreed upon shortly after the Franklin loss at UFC 115.

Never one to play it safe, Chuck stayed true to his craft even if it meant losing. "Bangin'" got him to the big show and made him the huge superstar that he is and despite not going out on top, he can always say that he went out swinging.

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