Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine most likely opponents for Chuck Liddell?

Dave Meltzer thinks that these are the two most likely matchups for “The Iceman”:

UFC has yet to decide what is next for Liddell, but the two most viable options are a rematch with Keith Jardine, who upset Liddell via split decision Sept. 22, or coming right back with another match with Silva, with the odds stronger in the direction of the latter match.

It’s hard to understand why either of these fights would be the most viable options. Keith Jardine elevated himself when he beat Chuck Liddell in September. Why should he have to fight him again so soon?

As for a potential rematch with Wanderlei Silva, why make it so soon? Why not wait to have the fight at a later date when a title shot or a title itself is on the line? Sure, everyone would love to see those two go at it again but let’s not milk the money cow dry here. A rematch between Liddell and Silva is a fight that Dana White and company can put in their back pocket for use at a later date in time. Everyone wants to see them go at it again so the fight will sell whether it has title implications or not. And if the fight does end up having title implications then that’s even better for the UFC and company.

My personal view is that the UFC has already decided to give Chuck another title shot granted he beats his next opponent. His next opponent won’t be someone as tough as Silva or Jardine because the UFC wants their guy to have another chance to wear the gold. They’ve spent years building Liddell into a star and during mixed martial arts’ biggest year ever, Chuck Liddell was on the backburner for much of it following two consecutive losses. That’s why they won’t have him fight Silva or Jardine. Too much of a risk for their golden boy.

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28 COMMENTS
  • garth says:

    what about chuck vs. shogun? obviously there’s a danger of chuck losing, but chuck can pretty much lose ten straight fights and he’ll still sell PPVs. if he comes out fighting like he did against Wanderlei, it could be an epic. Chuch vs. Jardine? YAWN. there’s three major LHWs that have dull matchup potential: Chuck, Machida, and Jardine, all counter guys, all technical in their own way.
    How about Jardine vs. Soko? If Jardine should rematch with anyone, by the way, it should be Houston Alexander.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    Why shouldn’t Jardine get a shot at Rampage? He beat Chuck, and Chuck beat ‘Wand. So who’s in front of Jardine?

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Mike-

    Griffin, unfortunately. It’s all a mess. Jardine gets KO’d by Houston. Griffin gets KO’d by Jardine. Griffin beats Shogun. Jardine beats Liddell. Liddell beats Wanderlei. Just a huge mess.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    Maybe the answer is a re-match between Alexander and Jardine. If Jardine wins, he gets the title shot. I really like Griffin, but I he’s got to be a big underdog against Rampage. Jardine’s more patient, has heavy hands, and kicks like a mule. I think he’d match up pretty well against Rampage.

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  • Anton K says:

    It’s only a mess if the UFC doesn’t let the most deserving fighters actually move forward… Machida and Evans are obviously in line… Jardine as well. Hold Chuck back a bit. Let Jardine fight Evans. Chuck fights the winner of that contest, then goes for the title.

    Or, Machida fights Jardine and removes Jardine from contention.

    Throw W Silva at Ortiz for rematch. Ortiz loses, then W Silva fights Machida.

    If the UFC can maintain integrity, it will work out. If not, well, let’s just hope the UFC doesn’t devolve.

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Jardine wont fight Evans, even though Id like to see it again.

    Theres no point in having an immediate rematch between Silva and Liddell. If they do it they are nuttier than squirrel shit. Silvas lossed 3 in a row, give him a can for fecks sake. They are underestimating the marketability of Silva. If they give him someone like … Eric Schafer who he could just knee the fuck out of and get his beak wet then you can possibly think of a rematch with Liddell.

    Silva is insanely marketable. Give the dude a chance to shine.

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  • Kelvin says:

    Liddell needs to fight Rashad Evans….since according to Dana @ UFC 78…he’s top 5 in the division.

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  • paddiosf says:

    Silva and Liddell just fought…why not Machida who’s on a winning streak..Jardine would be a logic rematch…a previous comment mentioned Evans/Jardine are such good friends if it presented itself they would have to fight..

    Liddell/Shogun
    Jardine/Machida winner fights Rampage/Griffin
    Ortiz/Silva
    Evans/T.Silva

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  • Evan says:

    “That’s why they won’t have him fight Silva or Jardine. Too much of a risk for their golden boy.”

    If he can’t handle whats put in front of him, he isn’t a “golden boy.”

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  • Anton K says:

    “Jardine wont fight Evans, even though Id like to see it again.”

    Did these guys fight already? I wasn’t aware of that? Was it on TUF?

    Anyway, I agree that Chuck v Silva II is a waste of marketing power… at least at this point. I’d love to see Chuck fight Evans or Machida… then go for a title shot if he wins. Though Ortiz v Machida could be cool, too.

    I think Liddell/Shogun is a bit premature, unless Shogun picks up a win beforehand.

    Jardine/Machida seems to make real sense… I think Machida would beat Jardine handily.

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Evans fought Jardine on TUF. Jardine dropped him i believe but then Rashad sat on him for the rest of the fight.

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  • William W. says:

    Sadly, it looks like the UFC is taking everyone off the shelf so that Jardine must face Liddell. Machida has been offered Tito. Rashad has been offered Thiago Silva. Houston is fighting James Irvin. If Jardine and his camp were smart, they would refuse the Chuck rematch outright. After all, he already beat him and there is no reason to fight again so soon.

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  • Evan says:

    Sadly?

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  • mike wolfe says:

    I wonder how much enthusiasm Chuck would have for a re-match with Jardine. That loss was no fluke. Imo, Jardine matches up very well with Chuck because of his patience and killer leg kicks. I wouldn’t bet against Jardine in a re-match. Chuck would be better off fighting Evans, for example. He’s always beaten grapplers and wrestlers–Tito, Bobbaloo, and Couture, for example. If I were in his shoes, I’d be a little cautious until I’d put together a few wins.

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  • Anton K says:

    Chuck v Evans or Machida

    I have no desire to see Chuck fight Jardine again. Regardless, it doesn’t seem like Chuck is going to fight until early summer.

    How can the UFC possibly keep Jardine from fighting until then? By that time, nobody will really care about a rematch.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    Jardine should be in line for some reward or acknowledgement. Few people including me thought he had a chance. His game plan was perfect and perfectly executed. Rampage and Griffin will fight at the end of TUF, and Jardine should get a shot at the winner.

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  • Anton K says:

    But Jardine needs to fight someone in the interim… he can’t go that long without a fight.

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  • Rich says:

    it would be absolutely ludicrous if they put liddell directly back into a match w/ wandy, without any fights in between for either of them… that would just be stupid…
    i think they should go jardine vs. rashad evans… in a rematch from the show…
    i wouldn’t mind seeing that.. since, i thought jardine was going to destroy evans on the show… and things turned out otherwise..
    actually, i’d just like to see jardine get the winner of thiago/evans.

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  • Rich says:

    although… he’ll need a fight before then.

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  • Zurich says:

    If the UFC did Chuck vs. Wand II right away, that would probably be enough to make me stop watching UFC… chewing up and spitting out legends (and I mean Wand, not Chuck) is morally reprehensible.

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  • Colin says:

    Neither one of these matches will happen anytime soon, you can all bet on that. This is a rumor from Dave Meltzer and I’m surprised no one else has noticed, but everything he says is BULLSHIT. No truth behind this at all, because there’s never any truth behind anything reported by Meltzer.

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  • Adam says:

    Yeah i think they should rematch Houston Alexander and Jardine first but ufc is all about how much they are going to make rather than what should be. Just like Bisping and Hamill .Hamill clearly won and they stripped him of the win and on top of it they said there would be a rematch and what they are just looking for what fight makes the most money instead of what the fighters deserve.And another that should have happened and was said by Dana a rematch between Rasad and Tito right away he said .Never happened!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Adam says:

    And another to even think of Chuck and Wanderlei rematch right now is beyond me Chuck destroyed Wanderlei again it is all about the money not what should be!!!!!!!!!!! If anyone agrees with me please speak your mind thanks.On both #22,23 coment #.me

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  • Anton K says:

    I agree, I think especially with respect to the light heavyweight division, it’s more about the marketing then the records of the fighters. Does Forrest, as much as I like him, deserve a title shot over someone like Machida? Forrest beat Shogun, but who cares?

    Jardine beats Chuck and it doesn’t seem to matter. Houston Alexander has only three fights in the UFC, and everyone’s kissing his ass.

    And where’s Rashad in all of this?

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  • MMA SKOOL ™ says:

    This is totally fictional. Its too early for Chuck to fight those two guys again.

    I’d guess they’ll put him up against a grappler next. Who that is I don’t know. Evans? Both of them will be due for another fight at the same time.

    Besides that I can’t really see how the UFC could protect Chuck anymore. He’s just part of the pack now. Maybe Alexander would be a good matchup for him because of Chuck’s reach advantage… Machida would be a good opponent for Liddell, but isn’t he gonna fight Tito next?

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  • MMA SKOOL ™ says:

    OK, Evans will fight Thiago Silva in May… Houston Alexander vs. Chuck Liddell? Shogun Rua vs. Liddell?

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  • dizzle says:

    I highly doubt that Houston Alexander vs liddell will happen.

    I see Alexander fighting Silva if anything.

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    What’s totally fictional? Meltzer didn’t say Jardine and Silva are next for Liddell. He did say that they are the two most viable. When it comes to UFC info, Meltzer is usually very accurate. There’s nothing fictional about it.

    Alexander is expected to fight James Irvin at UFC 83 and Shogun is expected to compete at UFC 84 on April 19. Liddell won’t be fighting on Montreal. So I think there is a lot of validity to what Meltzer is saying because there aren’t a lot of obvious options.

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