- CHUCK LIDDELL INTERVIEW

May 17, 2006
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MMAWeekly Radio – Transcribed by Jeff Cain
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell took time out of his busy schedule to appear on MMAWeekly Radio’s recent 1,000th radio show. Liddell discussed the status of his foot injury, his current physical condition, and his August rematch with Renato “Babalu” Sobral.

MMAWeekly: So, I was looking at our site last week, and there was a picture of your ugly foot. That thing is ugly still.

Chuck Liddell: Ugly still? I mean, it’s always been ugly. I’ve got Flintstone feet.

MMAWeekly: How is your foot doing?

Liddell: It’s doing good. I’m cleared to do everything. I’ve been working out. I started working out hard. It’s 100 percent, so…

MMAWeekly: So, when you say you’re working out, you’re sparring with it? I mean, you’re kicking the bag with the foot?

Liddell: Yeah, I’m kicking the bag with it. I’m training with it. Yeah, completely.

MMAWeekly: Nice, very nice.

Liddell: I’m back in training, getting ready to fight.

MMAWeekly: You’re back training and training hard… are you at 80 percent, 90 percent?

Liddell: Well, I’m coming off an injury and not being able to hit bags for three months. That’s probably the most I’ve taken off from hitting the bags since I was twelve years old. I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent, but my foot is working 100 percent. I mean, everything is working 100 percent. It will take me a couple of weeks, three or four weeks, to get back into decent sparring and hitting the bag shape. It’s a little sore. I’ve been doing it for about a week, a week and a half, and I’m a little sore.

MMAWeekly: Bottom line, you’re still on for August?

Liddell: Oh yeah. I’ll be 100 percent by then. I’ll be ready to go.

MMAWeekly: Give me your thoughts on fighting Babalu. You made it look easy the first time. What are your thoughts going into the second fight?

Liddell: I thought he was a tough fighter then. I still think he’s a tough fighter. I think he’s done some good things since then, and he’s gotten better. I think he’s improved, and I’ve improved. I think it will be a fun fight. I feel as long as I show up in shape and ready to go, I’m going to knock him out.

MMAWeekly: What’s the thing that concerns you most about Babalu?

Liddell: You know, he can strike and he’s got some good submission skills. He’s a good, rounded fighter. He’s a good all-around fighter, so he’s one of those guys who can be dangerous. If you make a mistake, they can capitalize on it.

MMAWeekly: Chuck, you’ve almost single-handedly cleared out the division. If you beat Babalu a second time, what motivates you to fight? I mean, who excites you? Who would you like to fight?

Liddell: Well, you know who I want. I still want to fight Rampage [Quinton Jackson], and I still want to fight Wanderlei [Silva]. Those definitely excite me, those fights… but as long as there are new guys coming up that people think can beat me, I like to prove that they can’t, so it will be fun for me.

MMAWeekly: Real quick, before I let you go, are you still tight with Willa [Ford]? We’ve got to talk about your love life. I’ve got to put you on the spot.

Liddell: We’re not dating, but we’re still friends. We still hang out. I’m going to see… she’s doing this thing in Vegas, some kind of fashion show thing at the Hard Rock at Body English on Friday night. I’m going to go check that out.

MMAWeekly: Did you hook up with Paris Hilton?

Liddell: Hell no!

MMAWeekly: [laughs] That was a pretty definitive answer. All right.

Liddell: All right, bro. I’ll talk to you later.

MMAWeekly: Thanks, man. I’ll talk to you.

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