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Chuck Liddell Thinks Teammates Should Fight One Another and the Jones/Evans Odds are “Ridiculous”

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(And to think this all started with a friction-based erection.) 

Chuck Liddell has been through some shit, Potato Nation. He fought through the dark ages of the UFC, and in fact helped spearhead its rise into the mainstream. And he walked that path to glory on the mangled bones and concussed skulls of his dearest friends and family. The man’s nickname is “The Iceman,” for Christ’s sake, and considering that the nickname is written in quotations, it must literally mean that he has ice flowing through his veins. So you can imagine his lack of understanding when it comes to all these pussified, liberal fighters claiming that they won’t fight their teammates nowadays. According to Liddell, these so-called fighters should put their differences aside in the cage, duke it out, and then have a beer afterward. Here’s what he told The MMA Hour

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. 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.

Given Liddell’s well documented feud with former teammate Tito Ortiz, you can rest assured that he is a man of his word. Hell, the fact that these two can even stand in the same room with each other, let alone pose for these kinds of pictures is pretty amazing after all that they have been through. So you see, Rashad, if you and Jon could just let bygones be bygones, then maybe Greg Jackson wouldn’t have to undergo holistic treatments every night to help cure his anxiety-induced ulcers.* Just don’t take the “fight anyone” philosophy to the extremes that Houston Alexander did.

And while we’re on the subject of the upcoming Jones/Evans clash, perhaps we can talk about the current betting lines, which are inflated to say the least. Many gambling sites have Evans listed around a five-to-one underdog, and some have him listed as high (or low, maybe?) as seven-to-one. Needless to say, Liddell does not believe that the man who nearly sent him to his maker stands next-to-no chance of upsetting “Bones,” no matter how good the current champ is. In a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio, Liddell was rather candid in his assessment of the betting odds:

I think that’s ridiculous. 5 to 1, and 6 to 1, I mean, Jon’s been great, he’s doing great, and he’s going to keep getting better, but this is a fight styles wise that’s a tougher fight for him than the ones he’s had.

He likes to control the distance, control where the fight was, whether it was standing or on the ground, and I think he’ll have a harder time doing that with Rashad. When you can shoot in and take a guy down, you can change the distance whenever you want, you can be pressed to do something else, and it’s a lot easier to follow your game plan.

If I was a betting man, with the odds, absolutely no question you have to go with Rashad. That’s for sure. It should be a pick em’ but I want to see if Rashad can do it. I really want to see how Jon reacts, I want to see him get pushed and see how he reacts.

As Jones himself has acknowledged before, Rashad’s best chance at walking away with the belt around his waist come Saturday night lies in his ability to get the fight to the ground. The question is, do you think “Suga” is powerful enough to get past Jones’ ridiculous reach advantage?

*Contrary to what I’ve written, Greg Jackson does *not* have an anxiety-induced ulcer, at least not to my knowledge. It was an attempt at a joke, Greg, so for the love of God, don’t sue me. I am the son of a poor, Welsh farmer with a peg leg who owns approximately 15 acres of government-subsidized farm land, so there would be nothing to take anyway.**

**OK, I lied. None of the things I just said about myself are true. For the love of God, Jones, don’t sue yourself.  

-J. Jones

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holeeball- April 19, 2012 at 2:12 am
It's a sport but usually (always?), opposing teams do not share strategy because that would be counter productive. If team mates want to fight that's great but I don't think fighters should be chastised for not wanting to.
MorningwoodII- April 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm
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logdog52- April 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm
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logdog52- April 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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Stak40- April 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm
I agree that friends and teammates should fight each other especially for titles. I think the difference here is that Jackson created this dynamic within his gym that teammates fighting is unacceptable and will not happen and then as soon as it became inevitable he hopped on to the new stud in the stable. Probably the smartest decision but looking at is through Rashads eyes it seems kind of fucked up. It is what it is and this shit is about to go down. I think the anticipation of the aftermath is more exciting than the build up.
Darkside- April 18, 2012 at 11:57 am
So...I'm assuming that Dana still hasn't gotten over that whole Arianny thing yet...
Fazzer Sports- April 18, 2012 at 11:23 am
Always good to hear the thoughts from the "Iceman"
The_Dead_Cow- April 18, 2012 at 11:16 am
I don't think you're lying about the peg leg, but what eva. Sad you should have to add the disclaimer, but funny too.////////
If a fighter is a true professional, he should fight his/her teammate if need be. In Shad's case, what's he gonna do? Hang around at #2 forever? Dumb idea completely.
RwilsonR- April 18, 2012 at 9:58 am
I'm with Chuck. Either this is a sport or it's a brutal human cockfight. If it is a brutal human cockfight, I would understand why you wouldn't want to fight your friend. If it's a sport, as most of us not named Bob Reilly believe, then you should have no problem going out there and fighting your friend and being friends afterwards. If the Williams sisters can play each other for grand slam titles, I see no reason why friends shouldn't fight each other... assuming we treat this like every other sport, which is our claim to its detractors.
The12ozCurls- April 18, 2012 at 9:33 am
Is this seriously what CP is going to have to do now? Why not just put a disclaimer on the main page that says "We are completley full of shit - We joke and make irrational satirically based statements for the sake of humor and entertainment." Damn sensitive butt-hurt society. It is the pussification of the modern world and if you are not one of them, you are surrounded by stupid people.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rh6qqsmxNs&feature=related
The_Dead_Cow- April 18, 2012 at 11:19 am
Nice, Carlin is the shit
Syncro- April 18, 2012 at 9:09 am
Man you guys keep on the Dana White poking and taunting.
There are a lot of MMA websites anyway, I'm sure loosing one will not lead to a river of tears.
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