Following Chuck Liddell’s announcement Monday on The MMA Hour that he is planning to end his retirement and return to active MMA competition, a feud between him and Jon Jones has been brewing.
The 48-year-old Liddell, who retired in 2010 following a wildly successful career in which he defended the UFC light heavyweight title multiple times and became one of the sport’s biggest stars, mentioned that he would like to face Jones someday, a suggestion that Jones did not take lightly.
As Liddell’s career wound down, it was Jones who eventually emerged as the man to beat at 205 pounds, though his career has been marred by legal problems outside of the cage and a pair of failed drug tests, the latest of which is still currently being dealt with and is threatening to sideline him for several years.
Jones poked fun at Liddell’s age among other things, and “The Iceman” responded to those comments on Tuesday:
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I figure it’s a good place for a youngin like u to learn from a true legend and champion on how to really fight and conduct your life inside and outside the ring champions101 #respect #integrity
While Liddell said that his current goal is to book a third fight with longtime rival Tito Ortiz, there is already plenty of heat being generated for a Jones bout, as unlikely as that is to happen.