Chuck Liddell just got done with a coaching stint opposite Forrest Griffin on the UFC Ultimate Fighter: Latin America III, but after coaching some of the best prospects that Latin America has to offer, he feels that the region is still underdeveloped when it comes to overall talent.
“You’ve got some great striking, good jiu-jitsu, but they’re missing the rest of the lot, and they’re missing how to connect all three of them together,” Liddell said at UFC Fight Night 98. “I think they’re a few years behind.”
Despite his feelings that the Latin American MMA scene is underdeveloped, Liddell suspects that they will come around, much like the European MMA scene has.
“You start picking up a couple of them, and now we’ve got a European champion,” said Liddell. “It’s not that far out.”
Liddell is a member of the UFC Hall Of Fame and the man he coached against at the UFC Ultimate Fighter: Latin America III, Forrest Griffin, is in the UFC Hall Of Fame as well.