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Chuck Liddell: 'Anderson Silva is one of my favorite fighters ... but I would have beat him'

It's one thing to eat a big breakfast and blow the doors off James Irvin and Stephan Bonnar. But to pack on the pounds to try to dethrone Chuck Liddell in his prime? That would have been an entirely different story. Right?

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall-of-Famer Chuck Liddell likes to one-up his former rival, Tito Ortiz, in as many ways possible.

It wasn't that long ago when "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" told reporters he would have "dominated" current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones had they ever fought when Ortiz was in his prime.

See those comments here.

Now Liddell, who retired in 2010 following a string of brutal losses, is going one step further by insisting he would have defeated reigning UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, no stranger to the 205-pound weight class, had "The Spider" tried to get loud while "The Iceman" ruled the roost.

His comments (via Fighters Only):

"I would beat him, I always said that I would. I have the advantage in weight and height, so it would be more likely that I would beat him. But Anderson is one of my favorite fighters."

And just for shits and giggles, he'd even entertain the idea of an Octagon return to face "Bones."

Liddell (21-8) at one time was the most popular -- and most dangerous -- fighter UFC had on its roster. During a nearly three-year period, beginning at UFC 47 in 2004, "The Iceman" racked up seven straight wins by way of knockout or technical knockout.

And let's not forget about his industry-changing feuds opposite Randy Couture and Ortiz.

But mixed martial arts (MMA) was a different sport back then and a lot of things have changed. Well, except for one. While all the champs of yesteryear have fallen by the wayside, Silva continues to win, having amassed an unbelievable 16-fight winning streak inside the Octagon.

But that's only because he never had to face Liddell.

Right?


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