With Jon Jones continuing to grow and evolve at such a frenetic pace, I’m reluctant to think that many of the prospects included in the UFC light heavyweight roster are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the current champ. Legendary hall of famer Chuck Liddell however, recently flirted with the idea on last night’s Fuel TV show, UFC Tonight.
“The only thing that would even make me think about it is if they gave me a shot at the title. So, we’ll see. For now? Yeah. Jon Jones. I don’t wanna come back as a sideshow. It’s just one of those things. It’s not something I wanna do.”
“The Iceman” then proceeded to share his thoughts on the current 205 lb. overlord:
“I’ll never say never. Not in this sport. Anybody can lose at any time. If he keeps doing what he does, he’s gonna be hard to beat if he keeps doing what he’s doing. He follows his game plan. He trains hard. He keeps learning. He’s young and he’s athletic and a great athlete. He’s a great guy. He’s gonna be hard to beat, but I’m never gonna say no one’s gonna beat him.”
Chuck goes on to discuss how difficult a decision it was to retire, and how he had always planned on going out on his shield:
“You know, it was a hard decision to make, to retire, but it wasn’t like I couldn’t compete with guys. I can’t quite take a punch like I used to and I didn’t wanna change my style. I could start wrestling and try to control guys, but then I still got the chance of getting hit hard. It just wasn’t the way I wanted to fight. I fought so many years, and I wanted to go out fighting the way I like to fight: exciting and fun.”
So how about it? Has Penn Nation ever pondered the idea of a prime Chuck Liddell locking horns with Jon Jones? If only time travel was a reality…
Check out the full video interview with Chuck below: