Chuck Liddell is one of the few legends in MMA's short existence. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is one of the icons of the sport, revolutionising the UFC in the mid 2000's. He was known to fight anyone, and willing to trade shots with any opponent.
'The Iceman' has recently had comments to make on current UFC 205lbs champion Jon Jones. Liddell believes that Jones should have fought at UFC 151, when Dan Henderson pulled out and Chael Sonnen offered to step up. Speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Liddell said:
"I would have done anything just to keep the fight. I'll fight anybody. I've already done all the training and I've already gotten ready for it. I'm in great shape and I'm the best light heavyweight in the world, I shouldn't be afraid to fight anybody.
"I think people liked the way I fight. My style of fighting is to go down and trying to finish the guy and trying to end fights, not laying up because I'm winning the fight, just keep going after it.
"I think pulling out of [UFC 151] really fight really hurt him with the fans.That was, you're fighting a guy coming up from a weight class down, who, when you're given a chance, I heard an excuse about him being a southpaw, I mean, c'mon, you fought a [lefthander] the fight before.
"And it's not like Chael is a slick southpaw, a slick striker, he's a brawler with the stance because he shoots that way. Pulling out of that probably hurt him with the fans, I mean, it's just I think some of the stuff he says they don't agree with. You can't have everything."
Liddell makes some very valid points. Sonnen is a Middleweight who would have been in no condition to go five rounds with Jones if he stepped in. When they did eventually meet, 'Bones' easily brushed past Sonnen in the first round. If it did lose Jones fans, he shot himself in the foot majorly.
Liddell then went on to comment on how the champion fights safe to get the victory. These comments have come just days before Liddell's former training partner Glover Teixiera meets Jones for the Light Heavyweight title at UFC 172. It could be that Chuck is trying to cause mind games with Jones. He may want Jones to take a riskier approach so that Teixiera finds holes in Jones' defence.
Jones and Teixiera will meet this Saturday at UFC 172 in Baltimore, Maryland, for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. It will be the champions seventh title defence.
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