UFC 76: Chuck Liddell vs Keith Jardine
Guess what folks Chuck Liddell is not a good fighter. Plain and simple, the Iceman is a very heavy puncher and has great take down defense. Jardine is also a very heavy puncher and is a true heavyweight that cuts weight down to light heavyweight. Chuck will not be able to impose his power and size on Jardine. Liddell has been in rehab for all his partying so his mental state is in question. Look for a quick KO in the first round by Jardine.
Bodog has posted MMA betting odds on the Chuck Liddell vs Keith Jardine Fight.
UFC 76 Light Heavyweights – Sat, Sep 22nd (11:45pm)
Chuck Liddell: -450
Keith Jardine: +300
UFC 76 Preview & Predictions
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs Lyoto Machida
This is another tough match and this will be the fight of the night. Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-6) is a student of the great judo champion Yoshida. Don’t look at his record and his six losses when betting because he has fought some top level fighters like Mauricio Rua, Josh Barnett (40 pounds heavier than him), Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. All of his losses are in my pound for pound top ten list in MMA.
Lyoto Machida has it all when it comes to fighting. He has the great Brazilian jujitsu back training and he is a heavy striker. His last 3 fights were not impressive as he went the distance with David Heath, Sam Hoger and Vernon White. These are guys he should have just spank. Will we get the Machida that beat BJ Penn and Rich Franklin or the fighter that was complacent enough just to beat lesser quality fighters? Take Kazuhiro Nakamura +170 odds at Bodog.
Michihiro Omigawa vs Matt Wiman
I like Michihiro Omigawa but first time fighters in the UFC have trouble adapting to the octagon, spotlight the pressure. Omigawa seems to have a tough time with hard punchers and Winman throws hard and has an okay ground game. Take Handsome Matt Winman in this one. He is like the Brad Pitt of MMA fighting.
Diego Saraiva vs Jeremy Stephens
Both of these fighters are not ready for the UFC yet but I’d take Jeremy Stephens (9-2) who has fought more quality opponents and has a better all round game than Saraiva who is mainly a submission fighter. Stephens has very heavy hands and looks for an early KO in the first round.
Justin McCully vs Christian Wellisch
Justin McCully is a big fighter with little endurance. Though he is a Team Punishment guy that works with Tito Ortiz he is doughy but hits like a Mac truck. He will be fighting Christian Wellisch who trains at the American Kickboxing Academy. I think this is a one dimensional school that only teaches stand up while Team Punishment teaches their fighters ground and pound. Look for this fight to not last into the second round. Take McCully in first round in the dough boy challenge.