Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Jon Jones has reacted to Chuck Liddell's call-out following comeback announcement

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Rita Gibson | 16 May, 2018, 00:12

He said: "In my mind, I would like two good warm-up fights, and I'd like a shot at Jon Jones".

On Monday morning, former UFC light heavyweight champion and one of the pioneers of the MMA leader, Chuck Liddell, told Ariel Helwani on "The MMA Hour" that his end goal in part of his comeback is to get a crack at Jon Jones. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" retired after submitting Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170. Ortiz also recently announced he was coming out of retirement, with his last bout being a win over Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 past year.

Last week, 43-year-old Tito Oritz announced he would be coming out of retirement to face Chuck Liddell for the third time, because he believes that's exactly what the fan wants to see. However, the role was dissolved after the brand was sold to WME-IMG in 2016.

A comeback has seemed on the cards for some time now, though speculation intensified after Liddell was spotted alongside boxing superstar turned promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who is eager to move into the MMA space and is eager to put on a trilogy fight between "The Iceman" and Tito Ortiz. Liddell said he plans on making some defensive adjustments to his game for his comeback and will try to avoid his old style of standing in the pocket and exchanging. He hasn't won a fight since 2007, when he beat Wanderlei Silva in an underrated classic. Liddell hasn't fought since 2010 when he lost to Rick Franklin at UFC 115.

And while most who know both fighters wouldn't see the hypothetical matchup as one that is overly competitive, that hasn't stopped everyone else from wondering at how both men - at their respective peaks - would fare against each other inside the UFC octagon.

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That means we could legitimately be seeing Liddell vs. Ortiz III later this year, and from the sound of it, the fight may just take place in California.

I will say this.

Why's that? Well, if you missed it, yesterday Liddell appeared on "The MMA Hour", and he relayed that he is officially, ending his retirement. Ortiz would honestly be the ideal opponent, but if that can't happen, then maybe a rematch with Vitor Belfort works.

What do you make of Jon Jones' response to Chuck Liddell?

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