We all hoped that the footage of Chuck training was just our eyes playing tricks on us. There’s no way at 48 years old he could possibly have lost so much of a step, we thought. We were all wrong and the fight turned out exactly like we thought it would. Sure, he was in good shape, but he was not in fight shape. By that, I mean he wasn’t 30 years old.
Chuck spent his whole career taking 3 punches to try and give 1 back. It worked for a while until Rampage and then Rashad Evans melted the Iceman. Chuck was never the same after.
As for Tito, he’s having one of the best runs of his career, going 4-1 in his last 5. Granted, it’s not against the top ranked fighters, but he’s beating big names.
When the 2 fighters clashed last night, Tito started slow and was measuring Chuck’s timing. There was none to be measured and Tito knew he had him. He began talking to Chuck because he knew Chuck had nothing. Shortly after, Tito knocked Chuck out cold.
It was sad to see, but it is what it is.