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Fight breakdown: Liddell vs. Jardine

Kevin Iole
Yahoo Sports

Chuck Liddell and Keith Jardine are looking to get back on the winning track after suffering first-round knockout losses the last time out. Here is what each man must do to win Saturday night:


Keys to victory
LIDDELL’S KEYS JARDINE'S KEYS
1. Keep it simple: Liddell has long been one of the world's elite mixed martial artists. He shouldn't feel the need to make dramatic changes because of one loss. 1. Kick to the body: Jardine has a number of good
kicks in his repertoire and he needs to use them.

2. Change directions: Liddell likes to circle, but shouldn't become predictable. Don't square up: Jardine has a tendency to walk
straight in, which will provide a target for Liddell's
powerful strikes.

3. Jab: He needs a range-finger to set up that booming right as well as to slow Jardine's right. 3. Force Liddell straight back: Liddell is best
when moving to the side, pivoting and firing. That
ability is decreased when he's going backward.

4. Start early: It will be Jardine's first pay-per-view main event and Liddell should maximize the pressure Jardine feels by starting quickly. 4. Test the body: When he's within range, Jardine
should pound at Liddell's 37-year-old midsection.


Rating the fighters
Comparison of main eventers Chuck Liddell and Keith Jardine
on a rating of 1 to 10 in several categories:
CATEGORY LIDDELL JARDINE IOLE’S SKINNY
Punching power 10 8 Both fighters have KO power.
Wrestling 9 8 The fight isn't likely to hit the floor.
Kicks 8 9 Jardine has a dangerous arsenal of kicks.
Ground and
pound
9 8 Liddell is a ruthless finisher.
Takedown
defense
10 7 If Liddell does go down, he's great at scrambling back up.
Chin 7 7 Both are coming off first-round losses.
Submissions 6 5 Neither reminds anyone of Royce Gracie.
Stamina 7 7 Everyone expects a short, fast-paced bout.
Strength 7 8 Liddell managed to handle Tito Ortiz all right.
Intangibles 10 7 Liddell is supremely confident.

Total 83 76 The key will be how each reacts to his knockout loss, but Liddell is a higher caliber fighter and wins by first-round stoppage.

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