Chuck Liddell responds to Jon Jones' super fight challenge, insists he would have knocked out 'Bones' in his prime

Rob Carr

Hey, if Tito Ortiz would have dominated Jones, and Chuck always beat Tito, then MMA math teaches us that Liddell > Jones!

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has been made aware that reigning 205-pound kingpin, Jon Jones, has put an offer on the table for a "Liddell vs. Jones" super fight, should "The Iceman" really believe he's still got what it takes to compete at the highest level.

Chuck's response?

"I'm retired, I'll let Glover take care of that tomorrow night."

Liddell was on hand for the UFC 172 fan Q&A earlier today at the "Jones vs. Teixeira" weigh in event (watch the video here), and fielded questions about the current state of the light heavyweight division, while providing an expert analysis on what Jones has been able to accomplish during his time atop the 205-pound throne.

"[Jones] is great. He's beaten all the guys they have right now. He's doing a great job, I'm not saying anything about that and he's still gonna get better. In my prime, yeah, I think I knock him out. Is he in his prime yet? I don't think so, but I'm a fighter and I always think I'm gonna beat everyone in the world."

Liddell -- who called it quits in 2010 after three straight knockout losses -- previously said he would come out of retirement for a "Bones" brawl.

That's not to suggest "The Iceman" has it out for the young phenom. He is, however, supporting Glover Texieira, who tries to beat Jones for the 205-pound strap in the UFC 172 main event tomorrow night (Sat., April 26, 2014) in Baltimore, Maryland (results here).

Besides, Liddell (21-8) is no stranger to championship call outs, having already insisted he would have beaten Anderson Silva, if both he and the former middleweight titleholder were competing in the prime of their respective mixed martial arts (MMA) careers.

Anyone agree?

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