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    UFC 76

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    This saturday night at 10 pm on PPW lightweight contender Chuck Liddel will be fighting "The Dean Of Mean" Keith Jardean. Also on the card is Shogun Rua takes on Forrest Griffen. Here is the complete card.

    Date: Sept. 22, 2007
    Location: Anaheim, Calif.
    Venue: Honda Center
    Broadcast: Pay-Per-View

    MAIN CARD

    Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
    Keith Jardine vs. Chuck Liddell
    Jon Fitch vs. Diego Sanchez
    Lyoto Machida vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
    Tyson Griffin vs. Thiago Tavares
    UNDERCARD

    Rich Clementi vs. Anthony Johnson
    Michihiro Omigawa vs. Matt Wiman
    Scott Junk vs. Christian Wellisch
    Diego Saraiva vs. Jeremy Stephens
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    Definitely looking forward to seeing Shogun fight, although I'll be happy if Forrest wins. Don't much see that happening. I'm hoping Diego Sanchez is back to his old self after the loss to Koschek.

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    I look forward to this card a lot. Look for Chuck and Rua to win...although I'd love to see Griffin with the upset.

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    I still dont understand why Chuck is fighting Keith Jardine. Whats that fight going to do for chuck? He went from being the champ to fighting Jardine who was just knocked out in the first minute of the first round in his last fight against Houston Alexander who was making his UFC debut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NHS BIG DADDY
    I still dont understand why Chuck is fighting Keith Jardine. Whats that fight going to do for chuck? He went from being the champ to fighting Jardine who was just knocked out in the first minute of the first round in his last fight against Houston Alexander who was making his UFC debut.

    I think it's a fight they expect Chuck to win, and put himself right back in title contention. Not sure why they didn't give him Rua...maybe they wanted to give him a fight he could win lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NHS BIG DADDY
    I still dont understand why Chuck is fighting Keith Jardine. Whats that fight going to do for chuck? He went from being the champ to fighting Jardine who was just knocked out in the first minute of the first round in his last fight against Houston Alexander who was making his UFC debut.
    I don't think it's fair that Keith Jardine gets destroyed by Houston Alexander and then is rewarded by getting a chance to fight the most recognizable fighter in the world, Chuck Liddell. Jardine hasn't earned the fight, IMO. But, that aside, I don't care that much...it should be an entertaining fight and I expect a KO no later than the midpoint of the fight...likely in round 1.

    I think Liddell will put him out. I love watching Chuck fight, but I'm more interested in seeing how Shogun adapts to the cage. He should be able to handle Griffin without too much of a problem if he's comfortable in the cage, but if he's another Cro Cop, who knows. I think Shogun will be fine as far as the cage goes, but I wonder how it will affect him not being able to soccer kick. Will that change in rules from no soccer kicks to elbows hurt him a lot, a little, or not at all? We'll see. I'd say Shogun will be Rampage's next opponent if he wins against Forrest...especially if he looks impressive in doing so. I don't think he'll be able to dominate Rampage in the cage like he did in the ring.

    I'm also intrigued by Fitch and Sanchez. I think Fitch will beat him.

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    Hoping the new place in town will have this on PPV.

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    MAIN CARD

    Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin - Rua should run through Griffin without a problem, but like anyone, Griffin has a punchers chance. Rua is one of the best in the clinch, and as good as anyone you'll see in capitalizing on an opponents mistakes.

    Keith Jardine vs. Chuck Liddell - This fight is interesting because both men have similar styles. Liddell is definitely the more accomplished fighter, but there is a chance he will take a few hard licks on the chin in order to win this fight. I've always really wondered about Chuck's chin because I haven't really seen him dazed and confused much so I'd like to see a good exchange between the two and see what happens. As far as all other aspects of the game, Liddell has the advantage easily. But I think both will keep it standing up.

    Jon Fitch vs. Diego Sanchez - This will probably be the best matchup of the night. Both are excellent wrestlers and pretty good strikers. I think Sanchez is more aggressive, and his stamina is incredible. Overall, Sanchez has a slight advantage and Fitch will probably have to stop the fight in order to get the win.

    Lyoto Machida vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura - Don't know much about either of these two.

    Tyson Griffin vs. Thiago Tavares - The Griffin vs Guida fight was one of the most entertaining cage-fights I've seen in a while. This should be a good fight and Griffin may have the advantage on the ground, but Tavares is the better striker. I will be pulling for Griffin, but I expect Tavares to come away with either a TKO or decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5wide
    I don't think it's fair that Keith Jardine gets destroyed by Houston Alexander and then is rewarded by getting a chance to fight the most recognizable fighter in the world, Chuck Liddell. Jardine hasn't earned the fight, IMO. But, that aside, I don't care that much...it should be an entertaining fight and I expect a KO no later than the midpoint of the fight...likely in round 1.
    I don't think that it is fair either, but wasn't the card set before Alexander beat Jardine.

    If so, there should have been a clause in the Alexander/Jardine contract saying that if Alexander wins he also wins the opportunity to fight Liddell. Not that he has the track record to fight Liddell either, but it would have been a less experienced MMA fighter to get Liddell back on track.

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    Looks like some interesting fights. I'll be tuning in for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iPapi
    I don't think that it is fair either, but wasn't the card set before Alexander beat Jardine.

    If so, there should have been a clause in the Alexander/Jardine contract saying that if Alexander wins he also wins the opportunity to fight Liddell. Not that he has the track record to fight Liddell either, but it would have been a less experienced MMA fighter to get Liddell back on track.
    I don't thin so...from all I've read, UFC intended on having Chuck fight Wanderlei Silva, but that didn't pan out so they had to find a replacement. I think that's what happened and that makes more sense to me...if they were scrambling to find an opponent for Chuck then there are a lot of things to consider, and at that point, Jardine makes the most sense. He likes to strike, so it will be fun to watch and his last fight was long enough ago for him to be ready to go vs. Chuck. Personally, I'd just as soon Chuck waited another month or so and fought Wandy. Hopefully Chuck can take care of Jardine quick and easy and then we might actually get to see Liddell/Silva in December.

    The best fight would have been Liddell vs. Shogun, but that would have left the card pretty weak. Plus, I think this is an opportunity to see how Shogun will adapt to the cage and the UFC rules against a solid, but not elite, opponent. With those two fighting separate opponents, I think you get to intriguing fights on the card instead of one (Because we've already seen Jardine vs. Griffin). However, from Chuck's perspective, fighting Shogun in his debut might have been a good move...get him before he's comfortable fighting in a cage...it could have been a huge bounce back win against a guy who many people think is the best 205 pound fighter in the world.

    If Shogun is impressive in his debut, I think he'll likely be Rampage's next opponent...and if Chuck wins easily over Jardine, then I think there's a good chance that he and Wandy fight in December and the winner of that match will probably get the winner of Rampage/Shogun.

    I wonder if Dan Henderson is going to stay at 205 or drop down and fight the winner of Silva/Franklin.

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    Chuck was wanting another shot at Jackson but I dont see that. I was watching the Fight Night Live last night and Chuck was wanting another shot at Jackson. What makes him think he can beat Jackson if he has already lost twice? Both times he was beaten up pretty badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pallex32
    Chuck was wanting another shot at Jackson but I dont see that. I was watching the Fight Night Live last night and Chuck was wanting another shot at Jackson. What makes him think he can beat Jackson if he has already lost twice? Both times he was beaten up pretty badly.

    I think Chuck still stands a chance vs Rampage, but not much of one. If Rampage keeps defending his title he'll eventually run into Chuck again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfback20
    I think Chuck still stands a chance vs Rampage, but not much of one. If Rampage keeps defending his title he'll eventually run into Chuck again.
    I agree, although Rampage would be the overwhelming favorite, Chuck can punch with anyone, and one is all it takes. Of course, it's true the other way around. Live by the sword die by the sword.

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    Im dont think that chuck will ever make it back to fight for the belt. I think Jackson has laid the blueprint for chuck to get beat agian. Chuck just comes in swinging, if someone counters him like Jackson its nighty nighty for Chuck agian.

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