During a recent guest appearance on the syndicated CBS Radio program “The Tom Leykis Show,” former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell opted not to get into rumors that his next fight could come against current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Instead of Silva, Liddell said he has his sights on a different opponent, one that holds a prior victory over him.
“There’s been a few names,” Liddell is quoted by FightLine.com as responding to Leykis when asked about who he might face in his next fight. “We have (Keith) Jardine listed. We want him in March.”
Jardine cost Liddell a rematch against then-UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson after he upset Liddell by earning a split decision victory against him at UFC 76 in September of 2007.
Since that fight, Jardine has gone 1-1 with a win over Brandon Vera at UFC 89 and a loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC 84. Meanwhile, Liddell is also 1-1 since UFC 76 with a win over Silva at UFC 79 and a loss to Jardine’s teammate, Rashad Evans at UFC 88.
Despite being an iconic figure in MMA, Liddell has lost three out of his last four fights. A lifelong member of trainer John Hackleman’s “The Pit” near San Luis Obispo, California, Liddell recently has spent time with American Top Team in Florida to help improve his skills.
As of now, the UFC’s only event slated for March is UFC 96 on March 7 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. While the UFC has yet to formally announce any fights, FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first to report a heavyweight clash for the card between Gabriel Gonzaga and Shane Carwin.