I must admit that one of my favorite fighters is Keith Jardine. I just really enjoy his awkward style of fighting as it is both intriguing and dangerous. Sometimes for his opponents, and sometimes even for Jardine himself. Now I do like Liddell, but I have my reservations. I think that he was at one time, and still has the potential to be, one of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC. However, he needs to get back to business and forget about all the unnecessary distractions. Anyhow without further ado let’s get started.
Liddell came into this fight not only following a devastating knockout loss to Quentin Jackson, but also in losing to Jackson, also losing his light-heavy weight championship. I have no doubt that Liddell and his people were looking past Jardine to his supposed next fight in December against Wanderlei Silva. This would prove to be a very big mistake.
Jardine came into this fight following a devastating knockout loss to Houston Alexander who is proving to be quite the competitor at 205. However, if you remember that fight, Jardine also came close to winning that fight with his knockout power. If any one thing is certain in the fight game, is that you can never count out someone that has the ability to knock you out with a single blow. That’s why they always call it a punchers chance.
Jardine came into this fight the definite underdog and I presume from a lot of people’s viewpoint a mere stepping stone or tune-up fight for Liddell. Boy did they end up being wrong!
What will follow is a detailed professional analysis of the fight from start to finish, concluding with some final thoughts concerning both fighters. Please keep in mind that these are my views from my own perspective of the events that transpired. They are by no means intended to shed any kind of negative or disparaging thoughts, words, etc. on either one of the fighters involved. I have a great deal of respect for anyone, and I do mean anyone, who steps onto the mat. So, with further ado let’s get started.
The first round opened up with both men rushing out to meet each other in the center of the octagon where both men exchanged punches none of which landed. Jardine landed the first blow of the fight with a right leg roundhouse kick to the outside of Liddell’s thigh followed immediately by a left hook to the head. This particular technique would prove to be Jardine’s greatest asset throughout the entire fight and would be effective numerous times during the fight.
Liddell continued to stalk Jardine around the octagon maintaining the center position while keeping Jardine on the outside of the octagon. Jardine land another right leg roundhouse kick to the outside of Liddell’s thigh but almost pays dearly for it by having his hands down at the time Liddell countered the kick with a couple of punches of his own. Fortunately for Jardine none of the punches landed with any effect.
Liddell continued to attack Jardine several times throughout the round with a pressing attack and a flurry of punches. Some of which landed with no noticeable effect on Jardine while others missed their target entirely. Jardine was on top of his defensive game for the most part and was quick to move whenever Liddell launched his punching attack and that was the primary reason that so many of Liddell’s punches missed their intended target, Jardine’s head. During a couple of exchanges, Jardine was even able to land some really solid counter right hands to the head of Liddell.
During one such exchange, Jardine threw and landed a very solid right leg roundhouse kick to the rib cage of Liddell, which it would turn out would be repeated throughout the entire fight causing noticeable damage to Liddell’s left rib cage area. Liddell countered this first kick to the body by launching another barrage of punches against Jardine forcing him to back up and resume fighting from the outside edge of the octagon while Liddell controlled the center area. During this exchange, Liddell managed to land a fairly solid left hook to the head of Jardine. However, no noticeable ill effects were apparent with Jardine.
Jardine responded to this left hook with another right leg roundhouse kick to the outside thigh of Liddell causing Liddell to retaliate with another barrage of punches that forced Jardine to back up clear across the octagon. Several of Liddell’s punches land while Jardine lands a solid right hand to end the exchange. As the exchange of blows ended, it became clear that at least one of the punches thrown by Liddell had cut Jardine above his right eye that had started bleeding although not profusely at this time.
Jardine continued to use his very effective strategy of punching to Liddell’s head followed by either a right leg roundhouse kick to the outside of his lead leg thigh or to his left rib cage area, both of which landed with authority and would continue to do so for the rest of the fight. Both men continued fighting with a brief exchange of punches none of which landed. Moments later Jardine would once again land the right leg roundhouse kick to the outside of Liddell’s thigh.
Liddell responded to Jardine’s kick with a stiff left jab that momentarily stopped Jardine dead in his tracks. This lasted only a fraction of a second before Jardine countered by moving in and landing a beautifully thrown left hook to the jaw of Liddell. Liddell for his part showed no apparent affects from the punch. Jardine continued his strategy of “stick and move” and landed a front kick to the midsection of Liddell forcing him back. Later during the one minute rest period, the kick was replayed in slow motion and you could see where Jardine had unintentionally jabbed Liddell in the eye with the pinkie finger on his left hand as he executed the front kick. An unfortunate incident, which luckily didn’t cause any lingering or lasting damage to Liddell.
Jardine momentarily reversed roles with Liddell and started stalking Liddell around the ring throwing a barrage of punches that missed and even an ill attempted right leg roundhouse kick to the head of Liddell that ended up missing by the proverbial mile. Liddell seized an opportunity to step in and start throwing punches which momentarily forced Jardine to back up against the cage before wisely sidestepping Liddell’s attack and moving away from the cage and back towards the center of the octagon.
Both men continued their attack by circling each other and exchanging punches most of which end up missing but a few do land for both fighters. With 10 seconds remaining in the first round, Jardine lands another solid right leg roundhouse kick to the body and the round ends with both men punching.
This round started out once again with both men meeting in the center of the octagon where they proceeded to exchange punches none of which landed. Jardine attempted his first right leg roundhouse kick of the round only to have it blocked by Liddell.
For the next 30 seconds, Liddell and Jardine stalked each other around the octagon occasionally throwing a few punches. All of a sudden Jardine threw and landed a right leg roundhouse kick to the rib cage of Liddell. This kick like the other kicks so far didn’t seem to have much of an effect on Liddell. However, a few seconds later Jardine would land a very hard overhand right that landed flush on the jaw of Liddell and dropped him immediately to the ground. Jardine rushed in to take advantage of the situation, but Liddell managed to regain his standing position just as Jardine landed a knee strike to the chest of Liddell.
Both men continued to do battle exchanging punches while Jardine was able to land another right leg roundhouse kick to Liddell’s rib cage, which by now was showing signs of swelling and reddening around the impact area. Jardine now took control of the center of the octagon and forced Liddell to fight along the outside edge. Jardine continued his very effective punch-kick combination which allowed him to land a right handy followed by a kick to the outside of the thigh, as well as, another roundhouse kick to the rib cage.
In the span of the next few second, Jardine would land two more right leg roundhouse kicks to the outside of Liddell’s lead leg thigh. Liddell answered back with a barrage of punches to Jardine’s head, some of which landed and caused the cuts above his eyes to open up and bleed more profusely. Although not enough to risk a stoppage of the fight. At the end of the barrage of punches, Liddell attempted a right leg roundhouse kick to the head of Jardine that missed its intended target and instead struck Jardine’s left arm.
With 1 minute and 37 seconds left in the round, Jardine slipped on the canvas and went momentarily down to the ground. Liddell attempted to capitalize upon this with a barrage of looping punches and a knee strike that seemed to have absolutely no effect whatsoever on Jardine. Liddell even attempted a spinning backfist at the end of the exchange but had misjudged the distance and struck the side of Jardine’s head with the back of his upper arm in the triceps area.
Jardine continues to effectively land his kicks with two more right leg roundhouse kicks to the thigh of Liddell and one more to the body. Jardine is noticeably exhausted and bleeding much more profusely from his facial cuts about midway through this round and has also been having a tendency to keep his hands down low rather than having them up to protect his head.
Jardine opened up this round with a right leg roundhouse kick to the outside of Liddell’s thigh followed immediately by a left hook to the head. Both of which landed solidly. A few moments later, Jardine landed a second right leg roundhouse kick to the thigh. Liddell continued to press his attack with a series of punches to which Jardine responded with yet another right leg roundhouse kick to the thigh.
Both men continued the fight by circling each other with Liddell gaining the upper hand briefly by landing a solid straight right hand. Jardine attempted to land another front kick to the midsection but had misjudged the distance and dangerously overextended himself. Fortunately for Jardine, Liddell didn’t notice or failed to capitalize upon this mistake. Seconds later Jardine landed another right leg roundhouse kick to the thigh which he immediately followed with another and then a straight left hand to the jaw. All of which landed fairly solid.
Jardine proceeded to drop his hands and draw Liddell in where he was the recipient of yet another Jardine straight left to the jaw followed by yet another right leg roundhouse kick to the thigh, which was followed mere moments later by a second right leg roundhouse kick. This time to the rib cage.
Jardine continues the action by landing another right leg roundhouse kick to the thigh in which Liddell immediately retaliates with a punching attack that for the most part Jardine seemed to avoid. Jardine lands another right leg roundhouse kick to the thigh and attempts a second kick that ends up being blocked. Not to be dismayed, Jardine lands a left hook to the head. Liddell responds to the left hook by landing his own straight left.
Jardine continues to land the right leg roundhouse kick to the thigh followed by another left hook to the head. Jardine continues his impressive combinations by landing a right leg roundhouse kick to the thigh followed moments later by an overhand right then another roundhouse kick to the thigh and yet again another left hook to the head. Jardine lands a second left hook to the head just seconds later as he moves in and delivers it with almost perfect timing and technique. Liddell responds to this attack with a solid right hand to the body.
Both me finish the fight throwing punches and kicks with Jardine landing three more right leg roundhouse kicks to the outside of the thigh. Liddell ends the fight with a poorly thrown turning back kick that Jardine easily avoids.
Now according to the judges, and we all know how that can turn out, Jardine won a split decision over Liddell with 2 judges scoring it 29-28 Jardine, and one judge scoring it 29-28 Liddell. Personally I think it should have been a unanimous decision for Jardine who although not having the prettiest techniques in the octagon, certainly did a beautiful job that night.
Here are my thoughts on how each fighter could improve upon their respective abilities concerning this particular fight.
1. First and Foremost: Get rid of the championship attitude and lifestyle! Go back to being just another fighter that is hungry with an insatiable desire to destroy your opponents and take back the title.
2. You know how to kick, so why weren’t you kicking against Jardine? There wasn’t much chance of this fight going to the ground so why didn’t you use the tools you have at your disposal?
3. Don’t look past anyone! This should be as plain and as obvious as the nose on your face.
His strategy for this particular fight was almost flawless. However, here are a couple of things that I noticed.
1. Keep your hands up when you are kicking to protect your head.
2. Great roundhouse kicks, however, utilize a little more technically correct kicks in order to increase their power even more.
3. Don’t kick to the head unless the opponent is already visible stunned or after you have set them up for the head kick first. Don’t waste time, energy, or the technique.
4. Although your punching style is a bit unorthodox, it is very effective and would be even more so if you just tightened up your punches a bit more.
5. A couple of times in the fight if you had thrown a left leg roundhouse kick to the head after throwing the right leg-left hook combo, you could have hit Liddell squarely in the head.
Where does Liddell go from here? Well, if he gets his head together and gets rid of the rock star attitude and lifestyle, he could regain his title although it isn’t going to be an easy road as he needs to work his way back up into contention with at least three winning fights before he should be given a title shot. Who should he go up against? The first match should be against Houston Alexander, then Forrest Griffin, followed by Dan Henderson or Wanderlei Silva.
Jardine should follow along the same path as Liddell as far as the fights go and have at least three more winning fights before even considering going up for a title shot. Who should he go up against? I would like to see a rematch with Houston Alexander, a match with Forrest Griffin, and a match against Wanderlei Silva before a title shot is even considered.
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