We were in the middle of a two-minute commercial break. I looked at him, and found he could barely communicate. Liddell looked shaky (at best) and could barely open his eyes.
"Is he ill? Does he need medicine?" I wondered.
With all these things are going through my head, I turned around and looked at co-host Brenda Teele about 20 seconds before we went live on the air and rolled my eyes, meaning: "Oh, my God; this could be difficult."
Three. Two. One.
"Welcome back everyone, he is the current UFC..."
As I introduced Chuck Liddell and asked the first question, his answers were almost too distorted to understand. I needed an interpreter.
More importantly, I'm starting to panic. "How can I end this one-way conversation?"
And then it happened.
In the middle of another question, Chuck Liddell fell asleep on the air. He closed his eyes, breathed a little sigh, and I asked him if he was OK.
He woke up quickly, and started mumbling some more answers—most of them not making any sense.
I'm no doctor, and I have certainly stayed out much too late on occasion before going to work, but this was different—and odd—and I felt a bit sorry for good ol' Chuck Liddell.
Friday, March 02, 2007
UFC Chuck Liddell Falls Asleep During Interview on "Good Morning Texas "
By now, most people know what "ultimate fighting" is: a cross between bad kung fu movies, boxing and pro wrestling where the winner either knocks his opponent out or pins him in such a way that he submits. The current Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title holder, Chuck Liddell, was in Dallas this week on behalf of Warner Bros. pictures to help promote the release of "300," the new "Spartan" combat movie. He wasn't exactly a big talker. In fact, at least once during the segment he seems to either fall asleep or pass out. More from the interviewer, Gary Cogill at WFAA-TV: