UFC legend Chuck Liddell didn’t intend to start a beef with Jon Jones
NEW YORK — EA Sports UFC came out Tuesday and Chuck Liddell’s kids can’t wait to get their hands on it. The UFC legend’s two sons and daughter enjoy playing the UFC video games, but they don’t play as their father — they play against him.
"They like beating me up," said Liddell, who was in Times Square promoting the new game Monday.
One person the youngsters probably won’t play as versus their father is Jon Jones. Before and after Jones’ UFC 172 fight against Liddell’s friend and former training partner Glover Teixeira, Jones and Liddell exchanged some words in the media.
Liddell predicted that Teixeira would win and also said in his prime he would have knocked Jones out. Jones responded with barbs of his own and posted an Instagram caption mocking Liddell after he beat Teixeira by unanimous decision.
Both men were in Manhattan on Monday as part of the press tour. They weren’t palling around, but Liddell said there are no hard feelings. It was civil.
"It’s nothing personal," said Liddell, who retired in 2010 and has a title as a UFC executive now. "That’s my opinion, that’s his opinion. Opinions don’t change. I’m not going to change my opinion, but it doesn’t have to be personal. I don’t get personal with guys."
Liddell, 44, admits that he tries to avoid answering questions about fighters and fights, because he doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But he’s going to be honest, no matter what.
"Guys get mad at me," Liddell said. "It’s nothing personal. I like you, you’re a nice person. It doesn’t mean if I say you have a weak punch, I don’t like you as a person."
There is a reason why Liddell is asked for his opinion by reporters. He’s a UFC Hall of Famer and one of the best fighters in the organization’s history. Liddell also remains one of the most popular current or former MMA athletes, starring in a recent series of well-circulated Duralast commercials.
"It’s just my opinion," Liddell said. "If you don’t like it, I don’t care. Actually, I’ve put my time in. I deserve an opinion. I’ve got the right to my opinion."
"The Iceman" has no problem with Jones. He said both are professionals and there’s not hatchet to bury. As for his kids, though, it doesn’t appear that they’ll be using Jones in EA Sports UFC any time soon.
"With me and Jon going back and forth, I don’t think they’ll play as Jon," Liddell said. "My family, they take it more personal than I do."