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Midnight Mania! Chuck Liddell open to bare knuckle offer, ‘come and talk to me’

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There can be no questioning that Chuck Liddell is a legend of the sport, a five-time UFC Light Heavyweight champion and one of the first North American stars to come from cage fighting. “The Iceman” changed the sport, scoring dramatic knockout wins over big name foes like Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz.

Sadly, that was all quite a long time ago. Liddell’s first stint of retirement began in 2010 on the heels of three consecutive knockout losses and lasted eight years, before he returned to cough up another KO to Huntington Beach’s most infamous (former) city councilman. The sprawl-and-brawl pioneer promptly returned to retirement, which appeared to be a lasting decision ...

Or not! While providing commentary for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) 19 event last Friday (July 23, 2021) — HIGHLIGHTS! — the 51-year-old Liddell was asked about a potential return to action sans gloves, and the Hall Of Famer kept the window open.

“It would all have to depend,” Liddell said during the broadcast (via MMAFighting). “We’d have to talk about it. Yeah, if they pay enough money, sure. It all depends on what they come up with. We can talk about it. If they’re interested come and talk to me.”

Is it likely to happen? Probably not, but BKFC has expressed interest in older legend fights previously. Notably, they offered Mike Tyson an outrageous $20 million for his return, so if nothing else, BKFC seemingly has the cash to recruit other retired stars.

Insomnia

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Chris Daukaus is NOT PLEASED about the latest delay to his bout vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov.

Feel like pure sh*t, just want to see Hasbulla fight ...

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

A great angle on the knee sends the mouth piece flying!

Did he kick off the fence for this Superman punch?

Southpaws and left kicks, name a better combination.

Random Land

A rare moment: I feel quite proud to be from New Jersey right now.

Midnight Music: The Turning Wheel is the latest album from progressive pop act Spellling, and it’s gaining a bunch of hype online. I had to check it out, but truth be told, I couldn’t pay it the attention it deserved while also typing up articles! A closer listen is necessary for actual insight, but until then, I am reminded of Kate Bush.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.