Quinton “Rampage Jackson is the new UFC Light heavyweight Champion of the World. He knocked out the Iceman at 1:53 of the first round. Rampage caught Liddell with a right hook knocking him down, than immediately followed it up with punches to the downed Liddell. Referee jumps in and stops it. Liddell was out for a short time. Liddell disappointed in the loss.
***** The Fight *****
At the opening bell, Liddell shows his usual game plan of baiting his opponent by back peddling and waiting for his opportunity to counterstrike. His footwork is much more busy than usual as he shows a lot of respect for Rampage’s hands. They throw test punches for a minute before Rampage smartly gets Liddell to fight his game by taunting his retreats. Liddell decides to push the action more and goes in and out for some quick combinations. He connects a pretty good left hook to the body of Rampage, but doesn’t see the right hook answer that Rampage throws. It was a perfect button punch right hook that drops Liddell to the floor. Rampage pounces on Liddell and tries to work some elbows in between his wild defense. Rampage connects on a very good punch that puts Liddell out, spread eagle. His very next punch wakes Liddell up again, but it is too late and the fight is stopped.
MMA is a very exciting and unpredictable sport, as this PPV showed. No one is safe in this sport, but Chuck Liddell has been about as sure of a bet as you can get. Rampage will be a good champion and you can expect a war in his first title defense against Dan Henderson.