Hackleman: Why people don’t love Jones the way they loved Liddell?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Glover Teixeira's coach the legendary John Hackleman appeared recently on Submission Radio, for a wide-ranging interview.

Hackleman also coached UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, and responded to chatter that Jones is overlooking Teixeira.

“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,” said 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.”

Hackleman also discussed why Teixeira will beat Jones when the pair fight at UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira on April 26 live on PPV.

“I think his ace in the hole is his unbelievable one punch Knockout power,” said Hackleman succinctly.

The coach also discussed criticism that Teixeira has been hit recently in fights, and explains to those who forgot that water is wet.
“He got caught once or twice, I mean it's a fight,” said Hackleman. “It's like telling a football team 'oh your guy got tackled once or twice.' I mean he got hit once or twice exactly, so he really has good defense but it's a fight and when somebody so dominant gets hit at all people are like 'oh the guy got tagged!'… Just like in swimming you jump into the water you're gonna get wet, if you jump into a fight you're gonna get hit.”

Hackleman addressed officiating controversies at some length, noting “Some of the Questionable ones to me, aren't as questionable.”

Hackleman cited the Henderson vs. Shogun rematch as an example of stellar reefing.
“I think it shows the genius of Herb Dean and what a great Referee he really is,” said Hackleman. “Because a lot of people would've stopped it, but then if, they didn't understand that Dan wasn't as hurt as people might've thought. And then another part was when Shogun, when he stopped the fight and Shogun looked like he was gonna stand up, but then as he stood up….the crowd would've gone crazy, but the fact that he fell back down backwards shows Herb Dean made the right call. Just like when Tim Sylvia fought Frank Mir everybody thought he stopped it too early in the armbar until they saw his arm snapped.”

Hackleman was likewise supportive of the Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao stoppage.

“I think that he did the right thing with Urijah because, #1, you know, if somebody's in a choke and they're not near going out so they put their thumb up, that's one thing,” explained the coach. “But if somebody's getting punched in the face and they put their thumb up that doesn't mean a thing because the next punch could put them out, you know, completely. And #2 his thumb was on the other side of his body and Herb Dean couldn't see his thumb. So what he needed to do was advance his position and that's what Herb Dean wanted him to do, Advance your position, not stick a thumb up.”

In addition to refereeing controversies, Hackleman also discussed the issue of point fighting in MMA, competing for the judges, rather than trying to finish the opponent.

“A lot of the guys might even win titles but they'll never win the hearts of the fans like guys like Chuck or even guys that don't win all the time like Leonard Garcia,” he said. “I mean guys like that, Melvin Guillard, guys like Glover, guys like Court McGee, Court McGee! He might not win every fight but he's gonna go out sluggin! If they'd let Siler's fight go on, he would've gone out sluggin. The crowd loves that, because that's what the crowd wants, they know that the people love the crowd, you know they're there to put their hearts on the line for what they're doing, not oh s— I better be careful here.”

And lastly, the question you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask – Why do Hackleman and Chuck Liddell paint their toenails?
I was just laying, watching TV and my girlfriend at the time was painting her toenails and then she started painting mine,” he said. “I was watching my show, I didn't even pay attention. I think I was watching Sopranos, and then I just went to sleep and I thought I'd just wipe it off in the morning, and in the morning it was like I couldn't get it off coz it was hard to get off. So I just left 'em on and I always wear slippers, I never wear shoes so it got a lot of attention so I've just been doing it ever since and Chuck started doing it, all my guys started doing it and then next thing I know other teams are doing it.”