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The difference in striking and styles of Jon Jones and Chuck Liddell would make for an entertaining bout on the feet.
Jones is an unorthodox striker with a huge reach but has not shown one-punch knockout power that a guy like Liddell possesses. That being said, Jones is very effective with kicks and elbows but should be considered more as a ground striker.
His beautiful oblique and leg kicks work in harmony of such rare techniques as spinning elbows, flying knees and long-range punches. His list of knockout victims include Mauricio Rua, Vladimir Matyushenko and Brandon Vera, even though the latter two came via ground and pound.
As said, Liddell is the more powerful striker and can end a fight in one shot. Add to that the legendary chin he possessed in his prime, and he could give Jones trouble on the feet the entire fight.
Liddell has 13 knockouts in his career and most of them have been clean knockouts that had his opponents unconscious. His resume of knockouts include Renato Sobral (twice), Randy Couture (twice), Tito Ortiz (twice) and Alistair Overeem.
One-shot power, chin and better overall technique give "The Iceman" the edge here.