Chuck Liddell offers to train Ronda Rousey if she needs any help
UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell was considered one of the most feared strikers during his day. And now he'd be happy to help if former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey wants to pick his brain ahead of a potential rematch with Holly Holm.
Liddell is in San Francisco this week ahead of Super Bowl 50, where he was asked about criticism Rousey's trainer Edmond Tarverdyan has received from her mother AnnMaria DeMars regarding his teaching and preparation for her daughter ahead of the Holm fight last November.
DeMars called Tarverdyan a 'fraud' at one point and says Rousey's rematch with the same coach in her corner would end the same way as their first fight.
Liddell doesn't seem to disagree.
"Is it the guy that told her she could out strike Holly Holm?" Liddell vexed when asked by TMZ.com. "Ronda's striking has greatly improved, he's done a great job with her striking -- but it's another step when you go against a professional striker."
Holm is a decorated former boxing champion who transitioned to MMA and has compiled an undefeated record, with Rousey's name decorating the top of her resume after knocking her out in the second round at UFC 193.
As for Liddell, he would definitely be considered "a professional striker" after he put together one of the most impressive careers in UFC history with most of his finishes coming by way of knockout.
With 12 career knockouts inside the Octagon, Liddell is well versed in striking and he says if Rousey wanted his help ahead of a second fight with Holm, he's happy to give it.
"I'll train her any time she wants," Liddell said.
From the sound of things, Rousey is going to stick with Tarverdyan for the immediate future. But she's got at least one UFC legend willing to back her up if she needs it.