Chuck Liddell twice fought Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and lost both times. Once in Pride in Japan, once in the UFC in Las Vegas. Both were by knockout and both came with Liddell, now retired, in his prime.
So when Liddell, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, picks Jackson to beat Ryan Bader at UFC 144 in Japan on Saturday, you understand his point of view.
“Bader is tough upcomer, but I think his chin is very suspect," Liddell said. "I mean, he did get dropped by Tito [Ortiz] who is not known for his power punching and he’s fighting a guy who’s known for hitting hard.”
True, Ortiz has never been known for his punching power, but when Liddell, with whom Ortiz has feuded with for years, says it, there's a bit of burn factor.