Iceman vs. Bones??? Jones is down for “superfight”

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion
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rocky vs- dixonWhich Rocky was it? 11? 12? If you saw it, you’d remember the elderly former champ Rocky Balboa got on the nerves of the current champ, Mason “the Line” Dixon (one of the worst fictional names ever) until the young buck started calling out the old bastard, eventually getting him inside the ring. Enter Chuck Liddell and Jon Jones.

As crazy as it sounds, it could happen! Okay, I can’t even pretend that’s true, but still. Here’s the story. Liddell has taken a strong anti-Jones stance on a couple issues. First, he’s openly predicting Jones will lose to Liddell’s protégé, Glover Teixeira this weekend. And secondly, he’s suddenly digging at Jones for the cancellation of UFC 151 when Jones turned down a fight with Chael Sonnen.

Most recently, Liddell gave a blueprint for what a fight against Jones would have looked like. “I think I would have been a horrible matchup for him,” Liddell said. “I would have walked through his punches and he wouldn’t have caught me with anything.”

So far Jones has been fairly careful not to offend Hall of Famer Liddell, or his enormous fanbase. But yesterday, he threw down the gauntlet in a way.

“At the end of the day, if Chuck wants to come out retirement, I welcome him to a superfight.”

Liddell is 44 years old and hasn’t fought since 2010 when he was knocked out by Rich Franklin. He ended his career on a 3 fight streak of being on the receiving end of a KO/TKO, and with just a 1-5 record since 2006. Those stats are actually shocking when you look at them.

So the likelihood of a fight between the current and former champs is somewhere in the “slim” category at best. But still, there will be legions of Chuck fans clamoring for one more shot at regaining the legendary status he held earlier in his career.

And back to Jones…here’s what he had to say to Liddell to close the interview: “Chuck, just knock it off. Keep your mouth shut.”


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