Chuck Liddell: I would have been a 'horrible match-up' for Jon Jones

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Former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell added to his bold statements earlier this week by claiming that he would have knocked out Jon Jones in his prime.

Chuck Liddell has made some bold statements over the past few days, but his claim that he would have KOed UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones in his prime may be the most absurd one yet.

With his long-time training partner Glover Teixeira scheduled to face Jones in the main event of UFC 172 this weekend, Liddell has been quite vocal to MMA pundits over the past few days, as he spoke out against Chael Sonnen's "WWE-type" antics, and even predicted that his Brazilian training partner would finish Jones within three rounds.

While the "Iceman" may be biased in Glover's favour, his distorted viewpoint truly came into play when he discussed a hypothetical match-up between himself and the current light heavyweight champ.

Liddell believes that in his prime, he would have been a horrible match-up for Jones, and would have walked through his punches before eventually knocking him out. His reasoning behind this is that Jones is yet to fully develop his punching power, and since Liddell was rarely taken down during his UFC tenure, he believes those factors would have made him a terrible match-up for the champ.

"I think I would have been a horrible matchup for him," Liddell told FOX Sports. "I would have walked through his punches and he wouldn't have caught me with anything."

The 44-year-old Liddell retired with a 21-8 record, with 13 knockouts spread throughout his 12-year career.  His first TKO win took place at UFC 22, when Liddell was 29, which put him at a few years older than Jones is right now. Chuck thinks it is too soon to tell whether Jones has found his strength or if he is yet to develop the devastating KO power.

"I think it's too early to tell," Liddell said. "If he finds his punching power -- a good straight [cross], a good hook -- then we'll see. I mean, not only score with it, but hurt somebody.

Then we're talking."

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