Chuck Liddell Believes He Could Still Give Jon Jones Problems Right Now
Fox Sports – Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell isn’t ready to call Jon Jones the best at 205 pounds quite yet. “The Iceman” will allow that, should he make a successful return to action this year, he will certainly be the best of his own time.
“We’ll see how he comes back. He shows up to fight. He always shows up in shape. He’s good at winning fights,” Liddell told “The Fighter and The Kid” podcast this week.
“If he keeps beating everybody, he’s the best, right now, yeah.”
Liddell was known for his stand-up striking knockouts, but was a Division I collegiate wrestler before he became a fighter and believes that he’d out-wrestle Jones. Once the fight stayed standing, Liddell believes that — in his prime — he would have given Jones some problems.
“I still think that if he fought someone like me, in my prime, he would have a lot of trouble,” Liddell continued.
“The problem is, he doesn’t hit hard enough to hurt me, he’s not going to out-wrestle me. He’s not going to out-wrestle me, and I hit too hard for him. I’m going to catch him at some point . . . I will hit him. I will put my hands on him.”
In fact, Liddell — ever the warrior — believes that right now, decidedly not in his own prime, he could still be a problem for Jones, if they were to somehow fight. “I could still give him trouble,” he maintained.
When Chuck Liddell speaks, I listen. I remember watching him knock people’s heads off into the 10th row. Everything he said is exactly how I picture all of his fights from the past. People couldn’t take him down and it was only a matter of time before his sledgehammers left a hold in their face. You almost felt bad for the opposition because the only shot they had was bringing the fight to the mat. Once they realized they couldn’t, their faces turned bleak because they knew they would be napping soon. Chuck was such a beast because he hit like a truck and his wrestling was unstoppable. He used it to stay standing and made sure each fight was on his terms. I wish I could see him fight Jon Jones, because I am not sure who would win.