The 48-year-old Liddell hasn't stepped in the Octagon since he was knocked senseless by Rich Franklin at UFC 115 almost eight years ago. What was beyond questionable, however, was his callout of now suspended former champion Jon Jones, who responded with a seething reply later in the day. "And I kinda hadn't really thought about it much", Liddell said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes).
Liddell also said he wants to fight Jon Jones after two or three warm-up fights, which would be an very bad idea (even given Jones' seemingly neverending PED issues) because Jones could literally kill him inside the cage.
The news and headlines didn't stop there from Liddell, who went on to say during his interview with Helwani that he believes he needs two or three fights then he'd like to take on former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. Am I going to do all of this and not fight?' Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn't work out with him, I'm (still) going to give it a shot.
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On Monday, Liddell officially announced his intentions to return to mixed martial arts after last competing in 2010 as he plans to come out of retirement at 48 years of age.
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. Liddell ended his career with losses in five of six bouts. Liddell has lost his previous to fights to "Shogun" Rua and Rashad Evans. The two have fought twice previously, with Liddell winning both fights by knockout, but a trilogy fight has always been on the horizon and now it may finally happen.
Jones has been sitting out on a USADA suspension following a second failed drug test after knocking out Daniel Cormier at UFC 217 and is facing a four-year suspension. And if they don't, athletic commissions all across the country need to refuse to clear Liddell for a fight.