UFC icon Chuck Liddell may be as intrigued by the issues between Jon Jones-Rashad Evans as the rest of us and he’ll certainly be tuning in on Saturday night to watch the two talented light heavyweights go at it at UFC 145, but when it comes to the root of their rivalry Liddell doesn’t necessarily understand all the animosity.
Liddell was recently asked for his opinion on the entire debate surrounding teammates fighting each other and “The Iceman” went the business route rather than the personal one.
“If (a teammate) can beat me, they can beat me. It is what it is. They deserve to fight me then. I’m not going to hold back some guy that’s in my camp if he wants to fight me. That’s not my thing,” said Liddell as a guest this week on The MMA Hour. “It’s just a personal choice and a personal opinion, but I think eventually, hey you guys are going at it, then go out and have two beers together afterwards. Go out there and prove who’s best that day, and go out and be friends again.”
The legendary former champion had a similar situation arise when he notoriously faced a man he’d trained with in two epic encounters – Tito Ortiz. However, by the time they actually fought the two hadn’t worked together on that level for some time and had a falling out unrelated to their relationship in the gym.
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