The head cheese over at The Pit in California is grooming the champ's next opponent, Glover Teixeira, and thinks Jones may not be as revered as much as Chuck Liddell was back in his heyday, often getting accused of looking past his opponents (with talk like this).
"Bones" clears the air on the issue, praising Hackelman as one of the sport's finest trainers (via FOX Sports):
"I think the whole thing was based around me looking over Glover Teixeira, something that I'm not doing. I'm not going to sit here and insult John (Hackleman), I respect him a lot as a coach, I actually think he's one of the best in the business. That's why I'm training so hard for this fight because of how much respect I have for Glover and his coach."
Still, the light heavyweight phenom wants to stress that he's incomparable, not looking for liaisons between himself and former champions -- or anybody else in the sport:
"As far as my likability compared to Chuck, I'm not Chuck Liddell. I'm just me. I'm shamelessly me. I'm really proud of what I've been able to do in my career. I don't try to compare myself to Chuck or any other champion. I figure as long as long as I'm breaking records and doing my part, that's all that matters."
Regardless of how polite and reverent conversations are at the moment, the Octagon will be a place of brutality once Teixeira enters the cage to try to capture Jones' coveted light heavyweight championship in Baltimore in three weeks at UFC 172.
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