Chuck Liddell wants to give Keith Jardine the first shot at the title, should he win it back, according The Sun:
“Of course I’d consider a rematch with him – that’s one of the things I really want to do. I want to get back and settle that, I was off that night, I wasn’t quite me at UFC 76. I don’t know if he’s someone who can get into title contention – we’ll see what happens – but if I’ve got the title then for sure, I’m going to ask for him. When I get the title back I’m going to ask for a fight against him. I’m going to give him a shot at it.”
Them’s fightin’ words. Chuck doesn’t even know if Jardine’s a guy who could get into title contention? C’mon, Chuck. He beat you, right? I think that automatically puts him into the title picture. He may not be the number one contender or anything right now, but to question whether or not he can get to that status is a little crazy. He might want to be a little more focused on the task at hand, a fight with Rashad Evans who is a teammate of Jardine, than talking about who he’s going to ask for when he gets the title back. Personally, I don’t see Chuck taking the title back so this is all moot.