clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Chuck Liddell: Jake Paul ‘not good enough to fight me’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Chuck Liddell doesn’t see himself stepping inside the squared circle with Jake Paul anytime soon.

The polarizing YouTube star turned pro boxer has found a niche of calling out and competing against fighters from the MMA world—including Ben Askren, who he just knocked out in the first round in their recent matchup.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion was asked about Paul during a recent interview with TMZ.

“He’s not good enough to fight me,” Liddell said. “It just doesn’t make sense for him. None of it makes sense for this guy. He’s going to risk getting hurt like that?”

Liddell had once welcomed the opportunity to face the 24-year-old earlier this month when a fan had asked for somebody to put Paul in his place.

“The Iceman” hasn’t competed in the combat sports realm since his first-round KO loss to Tito Ortiz in November 2018 at the first, and only Golden Boy Promotions MMA event, his fourth straight loss.

While it doesn’t seem Liddell is all that interested in getting back to competition, he’s not completely locking the door if the right offer comes along.

“If they offer me enough money, I’m always down to fight.”

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Fighting Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Fighting