Chuck Liddell would entertain Octagon return for title fight versus Jon Jones

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SmileR
4/25/12 11:04:55AM
Chuck Liddell was one of the greatest champions in the history of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As the 205-pound strap owner, he defended his belt four consecutive times, during a two-plus year period where he went undefeated.

"The Iceman" was a pioneer, who held a cult-like following of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who swore by his legend. Some of them even cut their hair like him, mimicking his trademark mohawk.

But "Father Time" caught up with Liddell, as he does, ever so cruelly, with us all.

During a three-year stretch, Liddell painfully dropped five of his last six fights; four of which came by way of (technical) knockout. It was hard to watch, and when UFC President Dana White finally forced him to hang up the eight-ounce gloves, there were few who objected to the decision.

Liddell recently did an interview with "UFC Tonight," where he discussed that decision, as well as what life is like for him after professional fighting. He's comfortable being a father, a businessman and a fight fan. He's in no hurry to step back into the Octagon, but there is one fight he'd seriously consider coming out of retirement for.

The answer may surprise you:



"The only thing that would even make me think about it is if they gave me a shot at the title. So, we'll see. For now? Yeah. Jon Jones. I don't wanna come back as a sideshow. It's just one of those things. It's not something I wanna do."

Liddell went on to comment about "Bones" and the current tear he's been on, as he continues to carve notches into his belt for every big name he puts down in the Light Heavyweight division.

Chuck was highly complimentary, but he was honest about the possibility of Jones eventually meeting his match:

"I'll never say never. Not in this sport. Anybody can lose at any time. If he keeps doing what he does, he's gonna be hard to beat if he keeps doing what he's doing. He follows his game plan. He trains hard. He keeps learning. He's young and he's athletic and a great athlete. He's a great guy. He's gonna be hard to beat, but I'm never gonna say no one's gonna beat him."


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RhythmAndStyle
4/25/12 11:14:00AM
and who wouldnt come out of retirement to fight for the title..duh!..lol
KingCmb
4/25/12 11:15:59AM
and we thought mark hunt was a crazy option for a title fight
mattjonesy
4/25/12 11:18:47AM
Damn that would be upsetting to watch.
Chael_Sonnen
4/25/12 11:45:35AM
Ahhh, it's good to see the drunk Chuck back.....we missed you!
kopower
4/25/12 12:46:58PM
I don't feel like seeing Chuck get massacred again.
Theoutlaw08
4/25/12 12:53:01PM
Come back from retirement for a brutally fast KO....sorry Chuck, put down the bottle of tequila and get a clue.
grappler0000
4/25/12 1:04:25PM
I don't think anyone actually read the article. Yes, the title is an attention grabber, but it's out of context.
prophecy033
4/25/12 1:11:58PM
Come on Chuck, you wouldn't last. I mean, you're the one we're referencing when we say a fighter has C.L.S. (Chuck Liddell Syndrome)
Sir_Karl
4/25/12 1:32:21PM

Posted by grappler0000

I don't think anyone actually read the article. Yes, the title is an attention grabber, but it's out of context.






I just read the article and I am having trouble understanding how you think the "attention grabbing title" is out of context?????? Did YOU read the article? Maybe you read a different article...or maybe you put things into your own "special" context.
FastKnockout
4/25/12 1:47:30PM

Posted by grappler0000

I don't think anyone actually read the article. Yes, the title is an attention grabber, but it's out of context.



This. It's from an interview on Fuel TV and all Chuck said was he would ENTERTAIN the idea of coming back if the title shot was his, but we all know it would never happen. He was just answerig the questions he was asked, and didn't act as though he believed it would happen.
grappler0000
4/25/12 2:34:26PM

Posted by Sir_Karl


Posted by grappler0000

I don't think anyone actually read the article. Yes, the title is an attention grabber, but it's out of context.






I just read the article and I am having trouble understanding how you think the "attention grabbing title" is out of context?????? Did YOU read the article? Maybe you read a different article...or maybe you put things into your own "special" context.



The title is a paraphrasing of an out of context statement made in an interview, where little snippets were lifted for the purpose of a headline. Par for the course for Mania. The only difference with this is that they didn't give it a "UFC Quick Quote" title as they usually do with these.
Twenty20Dollars
4/25/12 2:39:55PM
Blame the people that ask these stupid questions.
BlueSkiesBurn
4/25/12 2:46:38PM

Posted by grappler0000


Posted by Sir_Karl


Posted by grappler0000

I don't think anyone actually read the article. Yes, the title is an attention grabber, but it's out of context.






I just read the article and I am having trouble understanding how you think the "attention grabbing title" is out of context?????? Did YOU read the article? Maybe you read a different article...or maybe you put things into your own "special" context.



The title is a paraphrasing of an out of context statement made in an interview, where little snippets were lifted for the purpose of a headline. Par for the course for Mania. The only difference with this is that they didn't give it a "UFC Quick Quote" title as they usually do with these.



I'm with you, Dave. It clearly looks like one of those situations where Chuck is acknowledging that it's never going to happen first, but if it did, the only way it would is if it was a fight with Jon Jones.

They're twisting to make it look like he's ready to unretire and come back just to fight Jones when he appears more than happily retired and unless the UFC gives him a free title shot (which isn't going to happen and he knows it), he isn't coming back.
Poor_Franklin
4/25/12 2:49:37PM

Posted by Sir_Karl


Posted by grappler0000

I don't think anyone actually read the article. Yes, the title is an attention grabber, but it's out of context.






I just read the article and I am having trouble understanding how you think the "attention grabbing title" is out of context?????? Did YOU read the article? Maybe you read a different article...or maybe you put things into your own "special" context.



i read your reply to grappler twice & it came off sassy both times. did YOU intend for it to come off sassy? or did i put things into my own "special" context?
TeamDEY
4/25/12 3:02:19PM
Honestly I would still love to see this fight. I still would love to see any Chuck fight.
airkerma
4/25/12 3:35:30PM

Posted by Poor_Franklin


Posted by Sir_Karl


Posted by grappler0000

I don't think anyone actually read the article. Yes, the title is an attention grabber, but it's out of context.






I just read the article and I am having trouble understanding how you think the "attention grabbing title" is out of context?????? Did YOU read the article? Maybe you read a different article...or maybe you put things into your own "special" context.



i read your reply to grappler twice & it came off sassy both times. did YOU intend for it to come off sassy? or did i put things into my own "special" context?


Excellent response. I had a hilarious comment for this thread, but then I read what they really asked Chuck and what he really said. People are acting like he is borderline demanding a title shot at Jones
KungFuMaster
4/25/12 4:06:31PM
I am just here to let you know I have read all the posts in this thread and I have come to the conclusion I WILL NOT READ the article.
tallica62
4/25/12 4:33:35PM
I'll come INTO mma for a title shot

but chuck....you'll be ko'd in under a minute...and id put real money on it this time
Chael_Sonnen
4/25/12 6:15:43PM
Nice to see Chuck growing up and still having the same Mohawk (circa 2002).
prozacnation1978
4/25/12 6:19:33PM
You win 1 out of last 6 fights and u think you should get a title shot. Crazy
Pookie
4/25/12 6:20:32PM
How crazy would it be if he actually won though? The whole world would go topsy turvy.
Poor_Franklin
4/25/12 6:22:41PM




Posted by Pookie

How crazy would it be if he actually won though? The whole world would go topsy turvy.



bjj1605
4/25/12 7:07:09PM
You know whats really crazy??

Bones vs The Iceman would sell LIKE MAD.

Most MMA fans know the names but don't follow closely enough.
ghandikush
4/26/12 11:03:01AM

Posted by bjj1605

You know whats really crazy??

Bones vs The Iceman would sell LIKE MAD.

Most MMA fans know the names but don't follow closely enough.



I would hope no commission would sanction that fight. Everyone fighting against Jones in their prime has to worry about going to the hospital with severe shattered faces.
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