Liddell turns to Olympic boxer to shore up holes in his game

Give the guy credit, at 39-years-old Chuck Liddell isn't being stubborn. He was the elite striker in mixed martial arts back in 2004 but it seems like the sport has caught up with him and in some ways passed him. Liddell has lost three of four fights including devastating knockouts at the hands of Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans.

For the first time in his career, Liddell went away from his trainer John Hackelman to work with some new blood. He took a trip down to American Top Team in South Florida where former 1976 Olympian Howard Davis Jr. is one of the boxing instructors. He enjoyed the time so much that he brought Davis out to his training camp in California:

"It was a great experience when I went out there for a little bit. Howard Davis has been with me for about seven weeks, out here in my training camp. He's helped my footwork and defense a lot. I'm looking forward to showing some of the new stuff I learned."

Listen to Liddell during the UFC 97 teleconference (2:15 mark):

Davis was the 1976 lightweight gold medalist in Montreal. He was 36-6-1 as a pro.

Neil Davidson from the Canadian Press reports that Liddell definitely sounds motivated to turn his career around.