The UFC’s Light Heavyweight division has had many impressive champions over the years. Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, and Rampage Jackson were all UFC Light Heavyweight champions. Of the aforementioned names, Chuck Liddell stands out from the rest in regards to his fans.
During his reign as the UFC champion from 2005-2006, Liddell knocked out five straight opponents. Liddell was a huge star for the UFC and adored by a legion of fans. His head coach, John Hackleman, also happens to be the head coach for the next challenger of the UFC Light Heavyweight belt, Glover Teixeira.
The current Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, does not have near the same following Liddell had, and Hackleman has a theory as to why that is the case. Many have speculated that Jones is looking past Glover, and in a recent interview on Submission Radio, Hackleman discussed Jon’s attitude (courtesy of MMA.tv):
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. 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.
Jones has defended his belt a record six times, including four finishes. Other than his attitude, what else could a fan possibly dislike about Jon Jones the fighter? It seems that Hackleman may just have a point.