MMA Fighters who need to call it quits

I couldn’t help but chuckle thinking about the upcoming UFC 109 main event, which pits Randy Couture against his veteran wrestling contemporary Mark Coleman. They were slated to clash at UFC 17 but Mark Coleman, then still sporting hair on his head, got hurt. UFC 17!? Something tells me these two need to retire before they suffer permanent brain damage.

We’ve covered the Natural and the Hammer. Who else in mixed martial arts should be put out to pasture?

Chuck Liddell

Easy decision here. Guys like Couture and Coleman had longer primes because they did their damage by grappling opponents, pinning them against cage, taking them down and avoiding dangerous exchanges. But the Iceman’s bread and butter has always been striking and he just doesn’t have the chin to stand and trade anymore.

Wanderlei Silva

Wandy’s in a similar boat to Chuck but, unlike Liddell, he actually had a long prime. The problem is that Silva started fighting as a teenager. He’s just taken too many shots over the years. For anyone who doesn’t agree that MMA “age” is more about number of fights than number of years on Earth, know this: Wanderlei Silva is in the twilight of his career at age 33 and Randy Couture fought his first MMA bout at age 33.

Frank Trigg

Fittingly matched up for UFC 109 against another guy who should consider retiring, Matt Serra, Frank “Twinkle toes” Trigg just doesn’t look like a mixed martial artist anymore. In his “fight” against Josh Koscheck, he was an old man trying to battle a young buck. The result wasn’t pretty. Time for Trigg to take his big mouth to the broadcast booth permanently.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

Here’s an easy choice. Once the most feared heavyweight striker in the world, Cro Cop is a shadow of his former self. He looked genuinely afraid to fight Junior Dos Santos and has openly wrestled with his desire. Hopefully, he can go out in style against Ben Rothwell at UFC 110.

By Matt Larkin
Guest Writer

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