Retired former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is understandably supporting his long-time training partner Glover Teixeira as the Brazilian challenges Jon Jones this Saturday at UFC 172 for the 205 pound world title. "The IceMan" recently went further than that support of Teixeira, however, when he said that he feels in his prime he would have "walked through" Jon Jones' punches and knocked "Bones" out.
Ever the instigator (and we love ya for it, Chael), UFC fighter and UFC Tonight co-host Chael Sonnen asked Jones what he thought of Liddell's comments Wednesday. “You’ve got to expect Chuck to take his boy’s back or have his boy’s back, and that’s what he’s doing,” Jones began.
“He’s coming out saying a lot of other stuff like he would walk through my punches if he ever fought me and he would have beat me in his prime and all this other stuff.
“I’m not going to sit here and insult Chuck. He’s a very, very loved person by the masses, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut. But I mean, it’s like, come on, Chuck, just knock it off. Keep your mouth shut.”
Jones seemed to take Liddell's trash talk in stride but struck a serious note when he welcomed Liddell to come out of retirement and back up his words in a superfight against the champ.
“At the end of the day, if Chuck wants to come out retirement, I welcome him to a superfight,” Jones said.
Would you pay to watch Liddell come out of retirement and fight Jon Jones? And, who would you pick in their respective primes - Liddell or Jones?
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