Liddell: Teammates should fight, then have beers

by Shaun Al-Shatti | source:

"If (a teammate) can beat me, they can beat me," Liddell said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "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."

Obviously, by now it's clear both Evans and Jones see the issue a little differently. An oft-repeated axiom says to always fight with a clear mind and never let emotion cloud your judgment. Yet throughout the lead-up to UFC 145, emotions have run higher than they have for any light heavyweight title defense in years, leading some to speculate if the bad blood could be a detriment to either competitor.

But Liddell had a few wars of words of his own back in day, and the way he sees it, making things personal wasn't ever a bad call.

"I think that helps for me," Liddell admitted with a chuckle.

"Some guys are better when they don't like the guy. For me, it helps me train. ... I say it all the time, but it makes it a lot easier when there's that back-of-your-mind motivation that ‘I do not like this guy. There's no way I want to let this guy beat me, so I'm going to be in the best shape I can be in.' I think (Jones and Evans) have got that."

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aluminum_rooster site profile image  

4/18/12 7:06 AM by aluminum_rooster

and you are fully retarded, you dumb fucker...I'd say that more than balances it out, you act like you are some authority on every topic you post on, you pathetic wannabe motherfucker.put someones sack in your mouth you fag.was that literate enough for you, baseent boy??????????????

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4/18/12 12:57 AM by Ponyboy

Chuck is correct

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4/18/12 12:00 AM by Firemansam

Hater fag

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4/17/12 11:56 PM by NarlyPersianDude

Okay this is someone who gets it, awesome

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4/17/12 11:49 PM by BuddyRevell

 God, I wish I lived Chuck's life.

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4/17/12 7:52 PM by FLMikeATT

you win

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4/17/12 3:50 PM by uniquetechnique

They are Asking him because this is reffering to Him and TITO ORTIZ back in the day. I was part of Nova Uniao with John Lewis also back in those days and Since Chuck and Tito were great friends, Tito did not want to fight him. They were pretty much considered team mates because of John Lewis training both of them. Tito said he didn't want to fight his friend and Chuck said that was "Bullshit". That is basically how Chuck and Tito lost their frienship...Through this kind of controversy. But Chuck was right...You have 2 of the best....The world wants to know who the best is.

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4/17/12 3:44 PM by fightharder

Difference between a true warrior and an fighter/athlete. Lidell would fight anybody anywhere without holding a grudge. I personally agree with him a hundred percent. Even though trust is important between training partners this is an individual sport and it its does not need to be personal. I think it would be actually pretty amazing if you go to war with a buddy and you kind of pleased,win or lose,with the result.I see someone like Stann,even if he would lose (which would suck of course) be genuinely happy for the friend/teammate getting the W. If i need a moral compass regarding fighters issues i just ask myself ''what would captain America do''.

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4/17/12 1:02 PM by TheRaider

I bet if Antonio Banuelos and Chuck where in the same weight classs, they would refuse to fight each other..

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4/17/12 11:50 AM by Motivated Penn

I agree with your general statement Stonepony.After a fight between two men, a certain bond is often made between them that really can't be explained to those who have not experienced it.However, this is not a schoolyard throwdown, this is their lives, careers and their status in the eyes of millions of fans.So for some of these guys who have to fight ex teammates, it's the fact that there were moments they trained together and one said "When I do that move, I like to do it this way".. "This is how I set it up..."So I can see where the fighters are coming from.On the other hand, nobody forced them to make these teams and camps, they evolved organically, and they need to just deal with it.Especially when Jon is the champ. Do you want to be a fucking LHW champion? Then he's the you have to beat, and it doesn't matter if he's your brother-in-law or teammate.