The year of the upset continues…
Keith Jardine proved that those who participated in The Ultimate Fighter reality series can hang among the best in the world when he beat former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell at his own game and earned a close split decision in front of the estimated 16,000 in attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
Liddell looked to win the first round by sending Jardine scrambling away from flurries of punches. Jardine began to score with his first few of numerous leg and body kicks but it wasn’t enough to prevent the judges from scoring the round in Liddell’s favor.
The second and third rounds were a different story however. Jardine continued to press the action while his opponent looked to land one of his patented counter-punches. Jardine (13-3-1) even knocked Liddell (20-5) down with a right hand midway through the second round, a shot that Liddell was able to absorb as he sprang back up to his feet and right back into the fight.
A number of leg and body kicks bruised and battered Liddell’s body and Jardine’s unorthodox style continued to stifle any opportunities the former champ had to get into a rhythm on the feet. When the 15 minutes was up, it was known that the judges had to make a close decision but it was also obvious that Jardine had won the fight, based on the reaction the crowd gave when Liddell raised his hands in possible victory.
Marcos Rosales was the lone judge that scored the fight for Liddell, giving him the edge by a 29-28 margin. Cecil Peoples and Richard Bertrand scored it the same but gave the victory to Jardine and ruined any chances we had of seeing a Liddell-Wanderlei Silva showdown in December.
After the fight, Jardine tried to put his win into perspective.
“The win feels great,” Jardine said. “Chuck is the greatest fighter in the history of the UFC as far as I’m concerned.”
News and Notes
- Kultar Gill has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Caol Uno in the K-1 Hero’s Middleweight Tournament after suffering a shoulder and neck injury according to The Fight Network. Gill stated that he is unable to live his arm over his shoulder at the moment:
“I finally took off two months from work to train for the first time in my life. I was on a roll and was training super-hard for Caol Uno,” says Gill. “My jiu-jitsu had improved tenfold. Training with Pele has been awesome. I finally have a guy that can strike with me who I don’t knock out. We’ve had some wars. I was looking and feeling so good but now I can’t lift my arm over my shoulder. I can’t even do one push-up. But you know, shit happens.”
- Sam Caplan has heard from a source that contract talks between Fedor and the UFC did not go well on Thursday:
I didn’t hear the show but I’ve read in several places that Tagg Radio reported today that the show heard from a reliable source in Fedor Emelianenko’s camp that he’s been offered a four fight deal worth $2 million per bout that would also allow him to fight in Russia. The reports I am reading suggests that Fedor is close to accepting.
If that story is in fact being reported I can tell you that a reliable source I spoke to from the UFC left me with a completely different impression of Thursday’s meeting. I did not ask the source specifically about Tagg Radio’s report and simply asked about how the meeting on Thursday went. The answer was not good and no indication was given that a deal was even close to being agreed to.
- The CSAC has laid down the law on two more fighters that have tested positive for marijuana.
Ty Montgomery has had his license revoked in the state and has also been fined $2,500. His license revocation is the result of three separate incidents that the CSAC has had to discipline him for - a prior positive test for marijuana in September 2006 and for an altercation with a promotion’s matchmaker in March 2007. Montgomery will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in one year in front of the CSAC.
Mongtomery’s opponent at a recent Galaxy Productions event, Virgil Zwicker has been suspended for three months and fined $500 after testing positive for marijuana as well.
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UFC veterans Sean Salmon and Rich Clementi have both been added to IFO-Steele Cage’s September 1st Fireworks in the Cage II event as injury replacements.
Salmon will replace Chris Price as Travis Wiuff’s opponent in the scheduled IFO Light Heavyweight Championship bout. Price was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an undisclosed injury.
Clementi will take the place of Tony Fryklund, who has also had to take himself off the card due to an injury suffered in training. Fryklund was originally slated to face Kyle Gibbons at welterweight.
The updated fight card now looks like this:
Travis Wiuff vs Sean Salmon - IFO Light Heavyweight Title
Zac George vs Chris Mickle - IFO Lightweight Title
Rich Clementi vs Kyle Gibbons
Justin Levens vs Nate James
Matt Williams vs Dennis Davis
Eric Thompson vs Evan Landry
CB Dolloway vs Joe Bunch
Ken Jackson vs Tyler Stinson
Rafael Del Real vs Ryan Bader
Anthony “Crush” Torres has been forced to withdraw from his fight at UFC Fight Night 9 due to an undisclosed injury. Rich Clementi will serve as Torres’ replacement when he steps into the cage with tough Brazilian Top Team fighter Roan Carneiro.
Roan Carneiro sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-5-0 with 6 of his victories coming by submission and 4 by decision. Carneiro has stepped into the ring with the likes of Ryo Chonan and Anderson Silva, both in losing efforts. Carneiro holds victories over the likes of Rodrigo Ruas and Matt Horwich.
Rich “No Love” Clementi is an experienced veteran who is stepping into this fight on short notice. Clementi’s last appear in the octagon came in January when he dominated British fighter Ross Pointon.
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Tonight’s lineup for those who are wondering -
Rashad Evans vs Sean Salmon
Heath Herring vs Jake O’Brien
Hermes Franca vs Spencer Fisher
Nate Marquardt vs Dean Lister (will be televised if there is TV time remaining)
Clay Guida vs Din Thomas
Chad Reiner vs Josh Burkman
Ed Herman vs Chris Price
Ross Pointon vs Rich Clementi