UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell’s awe-inspiring ability to knock people out helped make him one of the biggest stars the sport has ever seen.
Liddell’s heavy hands were epitomized by a seven-fight winning streak peak of his career in which he reeled off devastating highlight reel finishes against Randy Couture (twice), Tito Ortiz (twice), Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral, Jeremy Horn, and Vernon White.
”In terms of who hit the hardest, it had to be Chuck Liddell,” Couture once told Coachmag. “I’ve been knocked on my can a few times in my career, but he was the only guy to knock me completely unconscious, to the point where you’re fighting one second and the next you’re looking up going, “Who the fuck are you guys?”
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson fought Liddell twice and once claimed that “Chuck hit me with the hardest body shot ever in PRIDE.”
Former middleweight champion Rich Franklin has also named Liddell as the hardest hitter he went up against.
”Chuck had very, very heavy hands,” Franklin recalled. “…I mean he kicked me and broke my arm – so every time he hit me, it just felt like he was like swinging a sledgehammer.”
Another fan favorite, Bas Rutten also confirms Liddell’s famous punching power is everything it’s been hyped up to be.
”Chuck is somebody who I held the focus mitts for one time only, and man, I am not lying, he’s the hardest hitter I felt, and I felt MANY hard hitters,” Rutten wrote on Facebook.