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 Dana White: Chuck Liddell Needs Two Wins for Title Shot

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PostSubject: Dana White: Chuck Liddell Needs Two Wins for Title Shot   Wed 08 Aug 2007, 9:21 am




There will not be a quick path back to a title fight for former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.

Despite being, arguably, the UFC's most marketable fighter and an ex-champ who had four successful title defenses, "The Iceman" won't get a title shot even if he wins his next fight.

UFC President Dana White confirmed to the Chronicle's Brawl Sports that it will take more than a victory over Keith Jardine at UFC 76 to get Liddell back in the octagon with a title on the line.

"Chuck would have to win one more fight. I think Chuck has to win two fights in a row and then, yeah, he's back in the mix again. He got knocked out in a minute 30 in the first round (in his last fight). No matter how great he is, I'd like to see him win a couple of fights and then come back and fight for the title again."
As for the Liddell-Jardine matchup in Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 22, White believes the timing was right to put the two bangers together.

"Him and Jardine were on a collision course anyway ... similar styles, both coming off knockout losses, both their fights ended very abruptly, so we did it."
On paper, it's a less-than-compelling twosome and doesn't measure up to the main events of some of the other major UFC shows this year. But, that's what a lot of us were saying about Georges St-Pierre versus Matt Serra at UFC 69 and that turned out to be a jaw-dropper of a fight.

As for "The Iceman" having to take two turns before getting a title shot, if White sticks to that plan, who gets the winner of Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson? With somewhat limited options in the division, you have to think the Shogun Rua-Forrest Griffin victor at 76 makes the most sense - at least I do.
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PostSubject: Re: Dana White: Chuck Liddell Needs Two Wins for Title Shot   Wed 08 Aug 2007, 9:26 pm

I love it when a plan comes together.
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PostSubject: Re: Dana White: Chuck Liddell Needs Two Wins for Title Shot   Wed 08 Aug 2007, 10:38 pm


I like this fight! You donít put a guy who has earned respect in with someone that will most likely beat him right after he just lost! Just the same as you donít make Sho fight a guy like Liddell first time in a cage!

The only real logical thing for Liddell is to fight Jardien and then Wandy then the winner of that gets the winner of Page/Hendo VS. Shogun!
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