And I kinda hadn't really thought about it much. Jon Jones, however, would be not only an impossible-to-make matchup with Jones' failed drug tests, but Liddell would likely be destroyed by the light heavyweight GOAT.
Liddell's ambitions stem beyond just having one more fight though - he actually wants to get back to the very summit of the MMA mountain and go up against arguably the best fighter of his generation, Jon Jones.
Jones, meanwhile, welcomed Liddell's challenge and said he'd take the match as soon as possible.
While the ridiculous match-up would nearly never happen with Jones facing a potentially lengthy suspension from USADA and Liddell out of the UFC and likely never to return, it appears that the longtime UFC fan favorite will still be able to compete in his home state on one serious condition. And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, 'You know what, what if he pulls out? His last win in the last decade (yes, decade) came in 2007, when he won a decision over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 in a rock'em sock'em robots kind of fight that was named the UFC's 2007 Fight of the Year. 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.
But at the same time, the reality is Liddell is 48, he's coming off of a long layoff, and he was brutally knocked out in the last three fights he had and in five of his last six fights. We should be concerned since we care about Liddell as one of the all-time legends of the sport, and we are, but at the same time, if this is what Liddell wants and he's cleared to fight by the athletic commission, then there's no much else we can say.
Some don't want to see a near-50-year-old compete again while others are criticising Jones for calling out a fighter out of his prime while he's not allowed to compete himself as he faces a four-year suspension with the sanction still unknown as the adjudication process is still ongoing.
Liddell also doesn't seem to give a shit about his health. The rules call for each fighter to submit a magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) of their brain, annual testing that includes a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain without contrast, EKG, cardiac testing, neurocognitive testing, blood work, and a vision test.
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