UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is always the center of attention leading up to one of his fights, and his UFC 172 bout with Glover Teixeira this weekend is no exception. Glover has trained with UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell for a long time, and Liddell has been outspoken in regards to Jones for most of this week. He obviously thinks his friend Teixeira will beat Jones, and he even believes he would have beat Jones back in the day.
On UFC Tonight, Jones was given the chance to respond, and that he did. He basically said that he'd be happy to fight Liddell if he chose to come out of retirement, but if not, he should probably just stop talking:
"At the end of the day, if Chuck wants to come out retirement, I welcome him to a superfight."
"You've got to expect Chuck to take his boy's back or have his boy's back, and that's what he's doing.
He's coming out saying a lot of other stuff like he would walk through my punches if he ever fought me and he would have beat me in his prime and all this other stuff.
I'm not going to sit here and insult Chuck. He's a very, very loved person by the masses, so I'm just going to keep my mouth shut. But I mean, it's like, come on, Chuck, just knock it off. Keep your mouth shut."
I always find it funny when people say they're not going to say anything, then go ahead and say something. But in this case, it was probably warranted.