"The only thing that would even make me think about it is if they gave me a shot at the title. So, we'll see. For now? Yeah. Jon Jones. I don't wanna come back as a sideshow. It's just one of those things. It's not something I wanna do," Liddell said according to mmamania.com.
Although Liddell was once the undisputed king of the UFC's 205lb division, those days are long gone and "The Iceman" has spent the last couple of years operating behind the scenes with the UFC rather than the Octagon.
"You know, it was a hard decision to make, to retire, but it wasn't like I couldn't compete with guys. I can't quite take a punch like I used to and I didn't wanna change my style...I fought so many years, and I wanted to go out fighting the way I like to fight: exciting and fun," Liddell said.
As Liddell stated, Jones is the only matchup that is of interest to him. Liddell commends the young champion for his athleticism and dedication that has allowed him to be so dominant in his title reign thus far.
Liddell will forever be remembered as a legend in MMA, a fighter who never backed down from a challenge. Liddell's recent comments only show that competitiveness hasn't left the UFC Hall of Famer but it is almost certain that such a matchup with Jones will not materialize.
Even pardoning the notion that a retired fighter could receive an immediate title shot upon their return, for Liddell's sake its best not to tangle with Jones who has won convincingly against the men that has defeated Liddell; Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans.