Barry Zito

Could Shaq kick Chuck Liddell’s ass?

Will all the physical skirmishes this week in the NBA Playoffs, you can’t blame Shaq for training in Mixed Martial Arts. That’s right, the most frightening physical presence in the NBA since Charles Oakley is in the gym as we speak, studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and talking of a post-NBA career in the Octagon.

Can you imagine? The UFC has a weight limit of 265 pounds (which I think is where Shaq tipped the scales in junior high) and strives to maintain some air of legitimacy, so we won’t see Shaq at UFC 146. Still, the idea of a fight with Chuck Liddell, while far-fetched, seems to be picking up steam.

I just saw Liddell and his UFC career get knocked out by one punch from Shogun Rua at UFC 97 in Montreal, so Liddell’s going to have plenty of free time. Being an experienced MMA superstar, Liddell surely feels like he has the technical advantage necessary to defeat a guy who’s almost a foot taller and outweighs him by over 100 pounds. Both men embrace fame and publicity, and there is sure to be some sort of MMA organization that would be more than happy to put Shaq vs. Chuck at the top of their fight card. Hell, I’d watch it. Wouldn’t you?

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–Andrew Baggarly thinks Bruce Bochy will rest Molina during a Zito start for the third straight time tonight, praises the Panda and wonders whether the Giants should have traded for Jorge Cantu. (Extra Baggs)

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