Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is one of the greatest of all-time, but will say what’s on his mind and even if it’s about the UFC’s biggest stars.
Lidell appeared on The Fighter and The Kid podcast and talked about former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Lidell praised Jones as a fighter but strongly believes if Jones fought in his (Lidell’s) era then he would have trouble because Jones doesn’t hit hard enough to knock someone out.
“We’ll see how he comes back,” Liddell told The Fighter and The Kid podcast. “He always shows up to fight. He’s good at winning fights. If he keeps beating everybody, he’s the best right now. I still think if he fought someone like me in my prime he would have a lot of trouble.
“The problem is he doesn’t hit hard enough to hurt me, and he’s not going to out-wrestle me. He’s not going to out-wrestle me, and I hit too hard for him. I would catch him sooner or later. Styles make fights.”
Lidell explained that Jones usually fighters wrestlers and can outstrike them, but if Jones fought him back in his (Lidell’s) prime then Jones would have trouble.
“What he does well if you’ve got a guy that’s a great striker, he can out-wrestle them,” Liddell said of Jones. “If he’s got a guy who’s a wrestler, he can out-strike him, out-point him. For me? I’d be big trouble for him because if he could take me down, he wouldn’t be able to keep me down if he even got a takedown. I will hit him. I’ll put my hands on him. I could still give him trouble.”
After Liddell had made those comments, he and Jones were exchanging shots online. Jones event went on a Twitter rant against Liddell. However, it appears that Liddell and Jones have stopped the exchanges. The two were at UFC 196, and Jones posted this on Twitter:
Glad I had a chance to talk things out with Chuck tonight pic.twitter.com/x8cyyMZ7bl
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 6, 2016
Liddell explained in a recent interview at the EA Sports UFC 2 video-game launch party in Las Vegas that he doesn’t mind Jones taking shots at him, but he would prefer for Jones to tag him in those tweets so he can see it.
“The funny thing is he goes back at me, but if you’re gonna go back at me, tag me,” Liddell said. “Let me know you’re going back at me, so I can respond. I just thought it was kind of weird.”