Comparing anyone to UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell seems unfair, but 'Iceman' trainer John Hackleman can't help himself. With star pupil Glover Teixeira set to face light heavyweight champion Jon Jones next month at UFC 172, Hackleman says the champ has a ways to go before earning the love of the people.
"I don't really pay attention to who's overlooking who, but if he's doing that, that's kind of rude and kind of a slap in the face to Glover and it's pretty disrespectful and if he is really doing that," says Hackleman. "If the fans are doing that then whatever, that's fans, but if Jon Jones is really doing that which I don't think he really is, then to me that's just disrespectful and rude and that's maybe why, you know, people don't love him like they did Chuck."
"Chuck would never have done that. Chuck always looked at his next opponent as the biggest opponent he has. He was never, 'Well, I'll get past this guy, I'll worry about this guy. He never would do that."
Should Teixeira claim Jones' title, Hackleman would expect him to closely resemble his mentor.
"[Teixeira] would be the same as Chuck. Chuck was just like, 'Oh hey I guess I'll fight you next.' He wouldn't pick. I don't know if that's the way [Jones'] camp is.
"Chuck was a fighter and Glover's a fighter. They go to the gym everyday. They love to train. They love to fight. They love martial arts. They respect their opponent. They have discipline. They have courtesy to everyone. Never turned down an autograph. Never disrespect an opponent. Never prance around when their opponent's knocked out. Always make sure their opponents were OK. I mean, they're warriors. That's the way my guys are going to be. I don't know if that's the way Jon Jones is or not, but if he's not, that's why the fans don't love him like they do Chuck."
The former light heavyweight champion's title run lasted just two years, but seemed like an era. Just recently celebrating his third year as a champion, Jones remains one of the more polarizing figures in MMA.
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Announced this weekend (Mar. 28-30 2014)
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via watercoolermma.com.
If mixed martial arts can still accurately lay claim to the title of The Fastest Growing Sport in the World, then the introduction/expansion of Women's MMA is the catalyst for its continued growth. The inclusion of WMMA in larger promotions like Bellator and Strikeforce helped the sport gain legitimacy, while its recent addition to the UFC has led to a previously unfathomable level of success and popularity.
The story of WMMA has been one of superstar brand-building and marquee fights. Gina Carano, Cristiane Santos, Ronday Rousey - these are all pioneers for a subsection of a 20 year old sport with an even younger history of female competitors. On August 15th 2009, Stirkeforce put on the first major WMMA Main Event, a Women's Featherweight Championship bout between Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg. When Cyborg finished the fight via TKO with just one second left in the first round, she became the first ever female champion in a major MMA promotion. When Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche headlined UFC 157, female fighters had finally reached the peak of MMA's largest stage, and on February 23rd 2013, the world had its first and only Women's UFC Champion, launching Ronda Rousey into superstardom with the future of the sport, in many ways, resting on her shoulders.
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