It’s been a busy offseason for the Cleveland Browns, but their newest addition might be the wackiest one yet: MMA star and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell worked with the team in a variety of drills at OTAs.
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Liddell: ‘We’re fighting to win’
Liddell worked with the Browns players in one-one-one situations and against dummies and pads, working with all of the positions.
“I like the environment,” Liddell, 48, said. “I like the training environment. It reminds me of training camp. Very focused and working on what you gotta do.”
Liddell, who, alongside Randy Couture is largely credited with bringing MMA to mainstream America, debuted professionally in 1998. He recently came out of retirement and plans to fight rival Tito Ortiz sometime in the future, though no date is set yet.
But for one day, he was all-in on the Browns, helping them focus on “body-on-body contact” and balance.
“The bigger thing that we work on is mindset,” Liddell said. “We try to get these guys to treat it like a fight. You’re fighting the guy in front of you. You’re trying to break him mentally and physically.”
Patriots brought in a Taekwondo grandmaster a few weeks ago
Though the Patriots and the Browns have been on opposite ends of the win column over the past decade, both are using some new strategies to improve this offseason. New England hired MMA expert Joe Kim, who used to work with the Browns as well as nine other teams. Kim is helping with the pass rushers, a group that struggled last season for the AFC champions.
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