Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell spoke with MMA Junkie about Akira Corassani and Dustin Piorier shoving each other at yesterday’s TUF Nations Finale weigh-ins. Check the interview out below:
His Thoughts On Crossing The Line During a Pre-Fight Face-Off: “I’m sorry, I’m a pretty respectful guy, and I don’t get upset before a fight. I figure the staredown is for the fans, because we’re not fighting for another 24 hours, so there’s no reason to fight, right? You’re going to get upset right now? You waited too long to get fired up for 24 hours. So if someone starts to press my face, I’m immediately pushing them away, if not hitting them. If they come back the wrong way, they’re getting hit. It’s just not OK.”
His Thoughts On Akira Corassani and Diego Brandao Shoving Dustin Poirier At The TUF Nations Finale Weigh-Ins: “To me, touching is not OK,” he said. “We’re fighting. Don’t touch me. I remember the first time I was fighting in Brazil. I fought (Jose) ‘Pele’ (Landi-Jons). He came up to me before the fight, bumped into me, (and) threw a shoulder into me at the weigh-ins. I’m like, ‘Dude. C’mon, man. We’re getting paid to fight in 24 hours. C’mon, relax.’ He didn’t understand what I said, I think. But whatever, man. I laughed it off. We’re fighting in 24 hours. Relax. “There’s no reason to get excited. I understand, and Wanderlei Silva pulling that card, they were teammates. So I get it.”
You can check out the full results of TUF Nations at this link.