It was never a sentiment rooted in reality, but Chuck Liddell’s performance at Golden Boy MMA’s inaugural event clinched it: Jon Jones won’t even humor “The Iceman” the next time the UFC Hall of Famer calls him out.
In recent years, Liddell has made it known that he would like a shot at Jones, and he reiterated that desire after announcing his comeback earlier this year.
However, Liddell looked far removed from his prime in a first-round knockout loss to Tito Ortiz in the Golden Boy MMA headliner at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Saturday. Considering that Liddell is 48 years old and was eight years removed from his last bout, the result shouldn’t have been all that surprising. Nonetheless, Jones felt the need to close the book on any future speculation.
“Yeah it’s official, I am never replying to Chuck calling me out again,” wrote Jones, who in the past has replied to the former champion via social media.
Yeah it’s official, I am never replying to chuck calling me out again. https://t.co/oDYJ91Aes0— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) November 25, 2018
Jones has his own task at hand, as he will return from a USADA suspensions to face Alexander Gustafsson for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 232 on Dec. 29. Liddell, meanwhile, hasn’t decided whether he will fight again after his ugly loss to Ortiz.