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Bummer of the Day: Chuck Liddell Wants Rematch With Keith Jardine

In a Seattle Post-Intelligencer profile of Chuck Liddell, the Iceman revealed who he’d like to step into the Octagon with next:

“My next fight will probably be in the summer and I am thinking about Jardine since Jackson is already scheduled to fight (Forrest Griffin),” Liddell said. “I can’t wait around (for Jackson). I love the sport and I think I have a couple years left in me.”

Jardine has been sitting on the bench since his decision victory over Liddell at UFC 76 in September, and we’re guessing that’s because the UFC doesn’t quite know what to do with him; “The Dean of Mean” isn’t enough of a big name to qualify for a title shot yet, but he’s already knocked off Chuck as well as the guy who will challenge for the light-heavyweight belt next, Forrest Griffin. Fights with Wanderlei Silva and Maurico Rua would be good options, but as the UFC’s only remaining superstar, Chuck will probably get what he wants — a chance to redeem himself. And that’s unfortunate, because a Liddell/Jardine rematch is the last thing we’d want to see.

First of all, it isn’t the smartest move for Liddell. It’s not like Jardine caught him with one lucky shot in their first match — he totally solved the puzzle of the Iceman, scoring repeatedly with kicks and dodging Liddell’s power-punches for three straight rounds. Liddell’s style isn’t fluid — he’s basically fought the same way his entire career — and there’s nothing to suggest that a second fight with Jardine wouldn’t go the same way. Liddell should have learned his lesson during his loss to Quinton Jackson at UFC 71: Just because you badly want to avenge a loss doesn’t mean you’re likely to succeed in doing it, especially if your game plan remains exactly the same. And with another loss to Jardine, Liddell’s rep would be badly tarnished.

It’s also an unfair roadblock for Jardine. Beating Chuck again would move him no closer to the light-heavyweight belt, but a loss would negate his previous accomplishment and drop him back to the bottom of the contender pool. In a perfect world, Jardine would take on either Rua or Silva next, then the loser of Jackson/Griffin, then challenge for the belt. But it seems like the UFC’s priorities lie in rebuilding an old star rather than creating a new one. All the talk of Jardine not being “marketable” seems ridiculous to me. Sure, he looks more animal than human, but out of the ring he’s a soft spoken good-guy. Does a UFC fighter have to be a flashy, uncouth asshole to be a star? Discuss.

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Anonymous- July 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm
Jesus Christ. Can any of you spell or use punctuation? I feel like I'm reading essays from a learning disabled class.
johnnyo- July 21, 2008 at 2:11 am
I remember a time when Chuck lost to C. America, then came back to beat him twoo times in a row. Everone thought they"solved" chuck back then. I'm not saying Chuck would DEFINATLY win, but I would dicount him either. That's my story and I'm stiking to it
Anonymous- May 15, 2008 at 2:48 pm
chucks gota learn that he cant just get everything that he wants. hell the ufc's giving him a break from the UK event dispite haveing the same injury shogun had fighting forest.
Anonymous- March 29, 2008 at 4:00 am
chuck is bad
big pimp- March 29, 2008 at 3:59 am
suck it
Phil- February 25, 2008 at 8:08 pm
Couldn't agree more. I understand Chuck is the posterboy for the ufc, but why is it that he's the only guy who gets to choose his fights? so what if he lost? why does he always get his rematches? ya, if you fight a guy enough times you might beet him once... Jardine prepared for the fight, chose his strategy and beat him all three rounds. Chuck doesn't deserve a rematch after that. If it had been a close fight, then I might be ok with a rematch. And what qualifies you for a title shot? how many stars do you have to beat to fight the one with the belt? What Dana needs to do is make a freakin ranking system so you can earn your way to the belt with wins and losses. Its not a fashion show or a popularity contest so how bout we let skill decide now????
Steve- February 2, 2008 at 5:36 am
Look, Jardine knew what to do with the leg kicks to get Liddell off his game. Liddell was countered the whole fight. Don't you think he's gonna try something different like go to the ground like he did against Wandi but oh yeah you don't think of that do you or that Liddell was a Cal-Poly wrestler. WRESTLER! He knows the ground game but has been so successful with his stand up through his career he feeds off the knockout. He'll win it the next trip around.
maud- January 27, 2008 at 9:40 pm
Wow, coulnt agree more. Keith Jardine isnt really an attractive person, and i believe thats where the whole term "marketable" comes from. The majority of your marketable fighters are considered good looking. And with good looks, assholism is prevalent.

I couldnt believe keith talked/sounded the way he did just by looking at him. And if he has to fight chuck again to prove himself, i hope he whoops the shit outta him again.
Than- January 25, 2008 at 9:43 pm
I think one of the biggest reasons Forrest is fighting is cuz Dana wants to market the next season of Ultimate Fighter.
corey- January 23, 2008 at 11:41 pm
right on Jonathan! but yeah, it comes down to marketing. Griffin/Jackson is already set for the next season of TUF. So that's how it will be.
pookysdabomb- January 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm
I think he should fight sliva or shogun
tipsyrockero- January 23, 2008 at 8:55 pm
The more popular this sport gets the more it is going to turn into a popularity contest. Who is more maketable, who do the people like to see fight even if they loose a couple of fights.

IMO, Forrest is a good fighter but doesnt deserve to be fighting for the belt yet.
I like what jonathan says about the match ups but that would be in a perfect MMA World. Dana(w/out the ego)
Jonathan- January 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm
and yes i realize that my above matchups will never happen because rampage is fighting forrest

although forrest beat arguably the best LHW in the world (shogun), i dont think he deserves a title shot yet - mainly because he lost to jardine... from a ladder point of view, it just doesnt make sense to give forrest the title shot...

if anyone really deserves a shot at the LHW title right now (based again on ladder rankings), its machida!
Jonathan- January 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm
heres what they should do:

shogun vs. jardine ---> chuck fights winner (if jardine, then chuck gets his wish!)

forrest vs. wandy ---> winner fights winner from above (chuck/shogun/jardine)... if it just so happens to be chuck again.. who cares- their first fight was awesome! If wandy, who cares because neither are with chuteboxe anymore. And i think forrest vs. chuck would be a great fight!

Winner of that takes on rampage...

And winner of THAT has to move up to heavyweight and fight the best heavyweight fighter OF ALL TIME... TIM SYLVIA

corey- January 23, 2008 at 6:40 pm
i have some disagreements with some of the things said, but my bigger point is that i don't understand why Jardine doesn't have a title shot yet. he beat chuck. he beat forest. even though he did suffer the lost to houston, Forest lost to him! so how does he rank as the next contender?

perhaps it's his record. wikipedia shows him at 15-4-0. Jardine is 13-3-1.

at the very least, if chuck wins the belt jardine gets a shot then. maybe if one of thems takes another loss, then they face up again. but i agree, no lateral moves.
Scottyz08- January 23, 2008 at 6:03 pm
Jardine's style is boring as hell and quinton would knock him out in the first round just like Houston Alexander did.
Mike&Ike- January 23, 2008 at 6:01 pm
Sucks how MMA (UFC more specifically) is turning into boxing... Jardine earned his shot, or at least is very close to it... a rematch with Liddell is a step down... saying - “The Dean of Mean” isn’t enough of a big name to qualify for a title shot - makes me feel like it's turning into the political boxing crap all over again.
MarkOfTheBeast- January 23, 2008 at 5:37 pm
Who among the current top ranked fighters possess the classical features of Michelangelo's David? Tim Sylvia?

Jardine's earned his shot at the title... plus I think it's cool that he's a former bounty hunter.
godzillad- January 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm
Spot on with your description of how Jardine won, it really was like him and Team Jackson ''solved'' Chuck. Something tells me Liddell will last longer in this game because he is gonna start wrestling more.